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Which president has the best economic record and what does the record tell us about the future?

The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performance from Harry Truman to Barack Obama

Desk Reference on the EconomyConsidering the performance of U.S. presidents in terms of how their decisions strengthened or eroded the economic health of the nation can provide valuable lessons on the best strategies for managing our economy. Today, with the United States still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, and unprecedented economic challenges stemming from developing first-world nations, smarter policy making and economic action is sorely needed.

Find out in Richard Carroll’s new book on presidential economic performance. This book evaluates presidential economic performance through an analysis of key performance indicators—quantitative data, not opinion. The final chapter presents a numeric score for each administration and ranks the performance of the 12 presidents.

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