Annotations for President As Economist : Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama


This book provides evaluations of American presidents over the course of 66 years of U.S. economic history, using quantitative data to provide credible, defensible answers to controversial questions like "Whose economic policies were more effective, Ronald Reagan's or Bill Clinton's?"

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Taking a unique and interesting statistical approach to the analysis of economic history, this volume on the economic performance of American presidents since Harry Truman provides a quantitative scoring of the achievements of each administration, and comparative analysis of relative strengths and weaknesses of each leader. The work is bolstered by large amounts of statistical data and clear discussions of methodology that add credibility to a topic that often suffers from partisan bias. Carrol is an economics and financial analyst. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (