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Misery Index

The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of th...

The World Misery Index: 109 Countries

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

Through a simple sum of the former three rates, minus year-on-year per capita GDP growth, I constructed a misery index that comprehensively ranks 109 countries based on misery.

The Cost of Ebola and the Misery Index

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

With Ebola wreaking havoc on Liberia (and neighboring countries), the level of misery is, unfortunately set to soar.

Bulgaria's October 5 Elections: A Flashback at the Economic Records

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

Bulgarians will go to the polls on October 5th to elect new members of parliament and thus a new government. Before casting their votes, voters should reflect on the economic records of Bulgaria's governments since 1995.

Middle East and North Africa: A Fatal Attraction

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

My Misery Index allows us to obtain a clear picture of the current economic situation. The Index is the simple sum of the inflation rate, unemployment rate and bank lending rate, minus per capita GDP growth.

Africa: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

Last week, President Obama hosted the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. He welcomed over 40 African heads of state and their outsized entourages to what was a festive affair.

Bulgaria Wins Balkan Prize

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

The least miserable Balkan country is Bulgaria. For all of its problems, including a recent bank run, the country's currency board system provides monetary and fiscal discipline, which produces positive results in a region plagued with problems.

Measuring Misery in Latin America: More Dollarization, Please

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

In my misery index, I calculate a ranking for all countries where suitable data from the Economist Intelligence Unit exist. A higher score in the misery index means that the country, and its constituents, are more miserable. Indeed, this is a table where you do not want to be first.

Iran, Stable but Miserable

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

The Misery Index is the sum of the inflation, interest, and unemployment rates, minus the annual percentage change in per capita GDP. It provides a clear picture of the economic conditions facing Iranians.

Misery Loves Campaigning: The Housing Misery Index and the 2012 Election

Jed Kolko | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Jed Kolko

The housing crisis hurt some states especially hard. In Nevada and Florida, the Republican presidential candidates couldn't ignore housing. But in states that weathered the housing crisis better, the candidates won't spend precious money and attention on housing policy.

Nearly Quarter Of Global Workforce Is Depressed, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

It's tough to find a job these days. And even getting one far from ensures happiness. Almost a quarter of the global workforce is depressed, accord...

Will an Oil-Driven Misery Index Claim Another President?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

What U.S. presidents seeking re-election fear most is the wrath of a rising misery index. And nothing brings more misery to the world's largest oil consuming economy than high oil prices.

Consumer Confidence At Record Non-Recession Low

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

Maybe this time is different. In the latest indicator of an unusually weak recovery, the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index hit an all-tim...

U.S. 'Misery Index' Rises To Highest Level In Almost Three Decades

Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

CHICAGO (Ann Saphir) - An unofficial gauge of human misery in the United States rose last month to a 28-year high as Americans struggled with ris...

Marcus Baram

Real Misery Index Dropped During Summer Months, Hinting At Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Though underemployment still looms over the economy, other encouraging signs of a recovery helped push down Huffington Post's Real Misery Index to 24 ...

Marcus Baram

The Real Misery Index April 2010: Underemployment Woes Lead To Two-Tier Economy

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This story has been updated The unemployment crisis continues to stymie a full economic recovery, with ripple effects from credit card delinquencie...

Marcus Baram

The Real Misery Index: Unemployment Increases The Hardship

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The rise in unemployment continues to prolong the hardship for millions of Americans, according to the latest update of the Huffington Post's Real Mis...

Marcus Baram

HuffPost's Real Misery Index: Nearly One In Six Americans Are Jobless Or Underemployed

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The rise in unemployment continues to devastate Americans, according to the latest update of the Huffington Post Real Misery Index. The index rose ...

Happiness Index: Nebraska Ranked First, Florida Last In Economic Happiness

Mainstreet | MainStreet.Com Staff Writers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The newest installment of the Happiness Index has arrived and residents of the midwest will be happy to learn that their strangle-hold on the top spot...

Marcus Baram

The Real Misery Index - November 2009: A Few Positive Trends

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a turnaround from recent months, the slight dip in unemployment represents one of the few positive trends in the economy, according to HuffPost's R...

Marcus Baram

The Real Misery Index: State Of The Economy Remains Gloomy

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Consumer confidence is on the rise and home prices have rebounded slightly, but things are still pretty miserable for millions of Americans, according...

HuffPost's Real Misery Index: Recalculating The Hard Times

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Research assistance by Cara Parks The Huffington Post has developed a new feature that aims to provide a more accurate gauge of what is happening in ...

Misery Index Highest Since Bush 41

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

The economic misery index, which is simply the sum of unemployment and inflation rates, rose in June to 10.5, its highest level in 15 years.