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.

Core Presentations

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

September 14, 2020

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

September 14, 2020

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

September 14, 2020

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

The Money Supply: Measuring M1 & M2

September 14, 2020

Government Spending: Measuring Federal Expenditures

December 8, 2017

More Macroeconomics Slides

Microeconomics Slides

Personal Saving Rate: Delayed Consumption

September 14, 2020

College Debt: Rising Student Loan Balances

December 8, 2017

Labor Force Participation Rates: Measuring Workforce Engagement

December 8, 2017

More Microeconomics Slides

International Slides

Trade Patterns: U.S. Imports

December 8, 2017