(Log Scale) Long-term real growth in US GDP 1871-2009

Log scale version of yesterday's Real Growth of US GDP graph. If you look at the Long-term Stock Growth graph, the slope of the trendline looks similar to the US GDP trendline. However, when you calculate their annualized growth rate from 1871-2009 you get:

  • Annualized Real Stocks Price Growth    1.95%
  • Annualized Real GDP Growth                3.47%

Real Word Examples of Exponential Growth
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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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