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Lesson: Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, Final Estimate Q4 2012, March 28, 2013


Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, January 30, 2015

In this lesson, students explore the advance estimate of real GDP data for the fourth quarter of 2014. These data, released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, are presented first as estimates, then as revisions as more data for the time period is collected. This lesson uses data from the initial estimate of the 4Q 2014 activity. Students will understand the recent trends in real GDP, as well as explore alternative ways to measure a country's well-being. 

Grades: 9-12
Published: 02/13/2015

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, January 7, 2015

In this lesson, students explore the final (third) estimate of real GDP data for the third quarter of 2014. These data, released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, are presented first as estimates, then as revisions as more data for the time period is collected. This lesson uses data from the final estimate of the 3Q 2014 activity. Students will understand the recent trends in real GDP, as well as gain insight into the problems and limitations inherent in measuring GDP.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 01/29/2015

Focus on Economic Data: U.S. Real GDP Growth, February 28, 2013

This lesson focuses on the second estimate of U.S. real gross domestic product for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2012, as reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) on February 28, 2013. The current data and historical GDP data are explained. The meaning of GDP and potential impacts of changes of GDP are explored. This lesson will also raise questions about the impact of the current level of growth on the U.S. economy and individuals.

Grades: 9-12
Published: 03/11/2013