Category: Economy

5 Stories: Economic Cliff

When the current recession started back in late 2008 many economists, bankers and politicians described the situation in very vivid language. “The economy is going over a cliff” many of them said, yet no visual image accompanied those words. In…

Reviewing an NYTimes Infographic

Recently the New York Times ran an infographic on the proposed 2011 Federal Budget.  It’s a nearly perfect use of the treemap capability in data visualization where the size of the boxes is proportional to the amount of spending. If…

Updated Popsicle Economy

Just a short article this week. (Another short article may appear later in the week.) I’m slowly updating the graphics and visualizations in earlier articles. This week I’ve updated the original Popsicle Stick Economy simulation to include a real-time sparkline…

Not All Spending Is Stimulus

President Obama announced a 3 year freeze on the discretionary part of the federal budget. Many liberal economists (including Paul Krugman) decried this as a wrong step. In an economic downturn the government should be spending and not cutting back.…