What Was the U.S. GDP Then?
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the market value of all final goods and services produced within a country during a given time period. There are two measures of GDP:
- Nominal GDP is the value of production at current market prices, here measured in millions of US Dollars.
- Real GDP is the value of production using a given base year prices, here presented at constant (2009) market prices measured in millions of US Dollars.
The GDP Deflator is the price index used to measure changes in the overall level of prices for the goods and services that make up GDP. It is simply 100 times the ratio of nominal to real GDP.
GDP per capita is calculated by dividing either nominal or real GDP for a given year by the population in that year. These numbers can be thought of as the average share of output per person.
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The series presented here are a combination of revised series from 1929 to 2012 that the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis published on July 31, 2013 and data from 1790 to 1929 constructed by Louis Johnston and Samuel H.Williamson. That series is being revised by a major research project by the creators of this site. See the box to the right to find out how you can help sponsor this work.
As many researchers have used our previous series and may have cited this source in their work, we provide a link to that series here.
For information about the data presented here, see "Sources and Techniques Used in the Construction of Annual GDP, 1790 - 2012."
Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWortzh, August 2013.
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