DataPost

DataPost is a web-based educational tool designed to help students interpret economic data, key concepts, and economic conditions through visual explanations. Core Presentations are updated regularly using the most currently available data, with additional topics presented by subject: Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and International. DataPost complements economic content covered at the AP high school and undergraduate levels.

Special Topic Presentation: Income Inequality

Get started exploring this important social issue with data and graphics. This three-part series looks at U.S. household incomes and the trends in income inequality. Together, these presentations provide an introduction to income inequality in the U.S.

Income Inequality: Measuring the Gap

October 6, 2014

Using median household income, learn about a method to track trends in income inequality.

Median Household Income: Life in the Middle

October 6, 2014

Building on the overall household distribution, learn about the trend in median household incomes as a precursor to income inequality.

U.S. Household Incomes: A Snapshot

October 6, 2014

Learn about the U.S. household income distribution as a jumping-off point for understanding income inequality.

Core Presentations

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Measuring the Nation’s Output

August 10, 2015

GDP is one of the key measures of a nation’s economic performance. This DataPost outlines the components of GDP and places these components within the context of recent values published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Also available: a video learning guide to help you interpret Data Post GDP charts.

Inflation: Measuring Price Changes

August 10, 2015

This DataPost tutorial looks at the Fed’s key measure of inflation—the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index—including how it relates to the concepts of “core” and “total” inflation in the U.S. economy.

Unemployment Rate: Measuring the Workforce

August 10, 2015

Learn about how the unemployment rate is measured, broader measures of unemployment, and three types of unemployment: structural, cyclical, and frictional.

More Core Presentations

Macroeconomics Slides

Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Measuring the Nation’s Output

August 10, 2015

Inflation: Measuring Price Changes

August 10, 2015

The Money Supply: Measuring M1 & M2

August 10, 2015

More Macroeconomics Slides

Microeconomics Slides

Personal Saving Rate: Delayed Consumption

August 10, 2015

Labor Force Participation Rates: Measuring Workforce Engagement

May 11, 2015

Does Education Matter? Job Losses Since the Great Recession

December 8, 2014

More Microeconomics Slides

International Slides

Trade Patterns: U.S. Imports

September 9, 2013