“Gross Domestic Product is an important tool to measure the health and strength of a country’s economy, but it doesn’t always give a full picture. So how does GDP work? ” – CNBC International
What is Gross Domestic Product ?
Picture the economy as a giant supermarket, with billions of goods and services inside. At the checkout line, you watch as the cashier rings up the price for each finished good or service sold. What have you just observed? The cashier is computing a very important number: gross domestic product, or GDP.
GDP is the market value of all finished goods and services, produced within a country in a year. But, what does “market value” mean? And what defines a “finished good”? These, and more questions, percolate inside your head. Meanwhile, the cashier starts ringing up the total, and you’re left confused.
An array of things pass by you — A bottle of wine. A carton of eggs. A cake from the local bakers. A tractor, of all things. A bunch of ballpens. A bag of flour. In this video, join us as we show you how to make sense of this important economic indicator. You’ll learn how GDP is computed, and you’ll get answers to some pretty interesting questions along the way.
Questions like, “Why are the eggs in my homemade omelet part of the GDP, but the eggs my baker uses are not? Why does my bottle of French wine contribute to France’s GDP, even if I bought it in the United States?”Marginal Revolution University