The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1440801827
  • ISBN-13: 9781440801822
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 220 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released October 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama provides eye-opening insights about matters of critical importance for the future of the United States. Author Richard J. Carroll tackles a topic that he has researched and been focused on for more than 20 years, providing impartial assessments and rankings of each presidential administration according to numerous key performance indicators—quantitative data, not subjective opinions. The final chapter combines all of the data to present a numeric score (Presidential Performance Index-PPI) for each administration that allows an overall ranking of the 11 presidents.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Figures and Tables.
Timeline of Events.
General Economy: The President's Influence on the Private Sector.
1: GDP and Productivity: Presidential Influence on Economic Production.
2: Inflation and Interest Rates: Incentives and Disincentives for Economic Production.
3: Savings and Investment: Groundwork for Growth.
4: Growth of the Stock Market: The Value of Private Companies.
5: Employment and the Poverty Line: The “Other” Bottom Lines of Economic Policy.
6: U.S. Exports and International Trade Balance: America's Global Competitiveness.
Fiscal Economy: The President's Influence on the Public Sector.
7: Federal Budget Growth and Share of the Economy: Maintaining a Public/Private Balance.
8: Federal Budget Deficits and the National Debt: A President's Fiscal Responsibility.
9: Federal Taxation: Raising Revenue Effectively for the Public.
Combining Public and Private Indicators: Overall Presidential Performance Rankings.
10: Economic Performance Rankings from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.
The Great Depression and World War II: Background to the Modern Economy.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.