Analysis: GDP falls short as measure of economic health

02/1/2010 | TIME (subscription required)

GDP may not be the best way of gauging an economy's health, Judith D. Schwartz writes in a Time analysis. GDP rose 5.7% in the fourth quarter, even as unemployment hung at record-high levels and foreclosures continued at a steady clip. "I don't think there's ever been such a large disconnect between the GDP and what ordinary people are experiencing," said Hazel Henderson, president of Ethical Markets Media.

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