Over at Equitable Growth: Lots of people are going to be saying lots of things in and around the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Annual Jackson Hole Conference this weekend. To help me (and you) keep your thoughts from being buffeted by the noise and drifting off into various forms of macroeconomic idiocy, here is an updated version of a graph I have found useful since 2009 in keeping my thoughts clear, coherent, and (I hope) correct.
It plots four major components of real aggregate demand: exports, business investment in equipment and software, Government purchases, and residential construction. All are measured as shares of potential GDP. And all are measured as percentage-point-of-potential deviations from the values they attained at the last business cycle peak. And it teaches nine lessons. READ MOAR