by Calculated Risk on 10/21/2019 01:27:00 PM
Monday, October 21, 2019
The following graph shows real GDP quarterly (blue, annualized), and the year-over-year change in GDP (red).
The tax changes at the end of 2017 have had minimal impact on GDP. Most forecasts showed some minor boost in 2018 and 2019 followed by a minor drag starting in 2020. With the recent budget agreement, there probably will be little drag from fiscal policy next year.
Also, as shown earlier, there was no investment boom following the tax changes.
However, the tax changes did result in a large increase in the budget deficit (as predicted by all competent analysts).
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This rate of growth is about what we should expect, see: Demographics and GDP: 2% is the new 4%
Note: Q3 2019 GDP estimated at 1.8% real rate annualized.