In addition to hundreds of new references features new to this edition include: a comprehensive introduction to qualitative methods including a review of existing computer applications for collecting and analyzing data; the latest information about the use of computers and online research techniques, including the use of the Internet to locate actual research instruments and journal articles; updated coverage on new scales, internal and external validity, and new analytic techniques with extensive references on each; abstracts, citations and subject groupings by measurement tool of the last five years of the American Sociological Review, Social Psychology Quarterly, and the American Journal of Sociology; extensive coverage of how to prepare manuscripts for publication, including a list of all journals covered by Sociological Abstracts along with the editorial office address and URL for each entry; new coverage of ethical issues; expansion of social indicators to include international coverage; discussion of the importance of policy research with presentation and discussion of specific models as an adjunct to both applied and basic research techniques; and the addition of an index to facilitate the reader's ability to quickly locate a topic.

National Economic Indicators

National Economic Indicators

Economic conditions are a subset of social conditions, and economic indicators can provide insight into social conditions. National governments and research institutes collect data on a variety of economic indicators, a representative sampling of which is presented below.

Total Output, Income, and Spending

Gross domestic product

Real gross domestic product

Implicit price deflators for gross domestic product

Gross domestic product and related price measures: Indexes and percentage changes

Nonfinancial corporate business: Output, price, costs, and profits

National income

Real personal consumption expenditures

Sources of personal income

Disposition of personal income

Farm income

Corporate profits

Real gross private domestic investment

Real private fixed investment by type

Business investment

Employment, Unemployment, and Wages

Status of the labor force

Selected unemployment rates

Selected measures of unemployment and unemployment insurance programs

Nonagricultural employment

Average weekly ...

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