Seems like only yesterday we were told how much superior to our economy the Japanese economy was. And then it tanked. Today we learn that the much vaunted Chinese economy ain't so hot either:
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The size of China's economy is overestimated by some 40 percent based on most current measures, but is the world's second largest, the World Bank said Monday.
In a report ranking the world's economies, the World Bank said a more reliable method of estimation using "purchasing power parity" (PPP) shows a much smaller value than the traditional market value estimates which the Bank called "less reliable."
The study carried out by the World Bank and other partners was "the most extensive and thorough effort" to measure the relative size of 146 economies using the PPP method which strips out the effect of exchange rates, a Bank statement said.
China participated in the survey for the first time and India for the first time since 1985.
The U.S. economy is still number one, no matter how much or how often Krugman and the Dems moan about it.