Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Real GDP per Capita Redux

In response to my post on real per capita GDP growth, I received two requests for data going back further. You want it, you got it.

Without trying to cause too much confusion, I took real GDP from the BEA (available data goes back to 1929) and population data from the Census going back to 1929 (but spliced it with population data from the BEA that only goes back 14 years) to get...

Real Per Capita GDP (2005 $$)

Log Scale (shows the consistency of growth over the long run)

Year over Year Change in Real Per Capita GDP