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Graph of the Week: Real GDP Growth

J. Bradford DeLong

July 2000

  • As of mid-July 2000, economists expected that real GDP growth in the second--spring--quarter of 2000 would turn out to have been at a rate of about 4.6% per year.
  • Expectations of such growth were largely the result of strong growth in industrial production--a rate of 6.0% per year--in the second quarter.
  • In 1997, 1998, and 1999, real GDP grew at a rate of 4.2% per year. So far 2000 seems likely to exceed that rate.
  • This strong growth has been a real surprise: back in the early 1990s few economists would have dared predict consistent growth at a rate higher than 2.5% per year.
  • This strong growth is in all likelihood driven by the productivity benefits of the information technology revolution.
  • This strong growth could come to an end quickly, if the Federal Reserve concludes that it is generating rising inflation and then raises interest rates to reduce aggregate demand.

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