The Economy: A Bird's-Eye Look At the Countryside

Who benefits the most when U.S. householders buy more furniture? What would happen to sales of a paint company if the Government cut back defense spending on aircraft and missiles? Which U.S. industries stand to be hurt most by Britain's new 15% levy on imports? What effect would the proposed $500 million cut in excise taxes have on various segments of the U.S. economy?

The answers to such questions have long been difficult or impossible to come by, although the Government is spending millions every year ($118.3 million this fiscal year, up 29% over...

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