Exponential Growth Rate of US Stocks since 1871

My next  post plots same stock data using a log scale. Take a look here

This is the first of a series of visualizations based on the stock market data used in Irrational Exuberance. Written by Rober Shiller, this book explores the reasons why bubbles form in stock markets and housing markets. You can find his data at IrrationalExuberance.com

Addendum: Oct 28,2010 updated the graph to fix a couple of labels and clarify use of monthly annual data

Real Word Examples of Exponential Growth

Six real word examples of exponential growth in a Powerpoint slide show (3.7 MB) that includes 11 graphs of economic and financial data (linear and log scale). Data is from MeasuringWorth.orgYahoo Finance, and Irrational Exuberance. Links to the data sets are included in the file. Images can be printed (B&W or color) for handouts.

  • Real US GDP 1790-2012 (Linear & Log Graphs)
  • Real US Stock Prices 1871-2012 (Linear & Log Graphs)
  • General Electric Stock Price 1962-2013  (Linear & Log Graphs)
  • US Population 1790-2012 (Linear & Log Graphs)
  • Inflation Index 1774-2012 (Linear & Log Graphs) 
  • US GDP & Population 1790-2012 (Log Graph)

These graphs illustrate historical data series with constant growth rates and data series with changing growth rates over time. In addition, there is a example of adding/subtracting growth rates in log graph using US GDP, US Population & US GDP per person. 

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