Saturday, October 9, 2010

MSNBC’s Adversity Index: The Movie

This is useful, but not great.

The data is OK - employment, industrial production, housing starts and home prices. I’m not sure why housing starts are this important – they’re just a nasty indicator for the current crisis. And I’m not sure about home prices: part of why we feel bad is that we feel that we’ve gone down unnaturally – but that also mean that we were unnaturally well-off (green in the movie) in earlier years.

It also bugs me that you can’t figure out much about how it is combined together.

But, the movie of the adversity condition of the states, running from 1995 to the present, is cool.

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