U.S. Economy Word Cloud

Tim Kane at the Kauffman Foundation is out with his latest survey of economics bloggers (full disclosure: I am both an adviser to the survey and a participant in it).

My favorite feature this quarter is a word cloud of adjectives (and some adverbs) that the respondents offered to an open-ended question about the U.S. economy:

Uncertain, sluggish, weak, and fragile sound about right to me, but I think growing should be a bit bigger. After all, the problem we have is slow, as-yet-unimpressive growth. (I forget what I answered, but I bet uncertain and fragile were on the list.)

Among the more amusing responses from other bloggers: taupe and flirtatious.

You can find the full survey results here.

3 thoughts on “U.S. Economy Word Cloud”

  1. I wonder if this post on Fed Governor Dudley’s comments about monetary policy would be of interest to you. There will be a follow up post tomorrow also.

    Thank you for the interesting map.

  2. I didn’t see one of the most used phrases to describe economic data – “unexpectedly” showing up in this word map, and the complete lack of “green shoots” has me puzzled, as no greater savante than Mr. Bernanke himself had reported seeing widespread breaking out of such aforementioned Oliver Wendell Douglas patented “green shootsy things” and I quote “all over the place.”

    And what pray tell to think of a clever word map that disincludes “Japan-like” and “fraudulent”, both apt and fitting semantics for our current situation.

    And finally the one true descriptor, completely absent, though made more apparent by its lack of presence, and that would be, “hanging by a thread”.

  3. My favorite feature this quarter is a word cloud of adjectives (and some adverbs) that the respondents offered to an open-ended question about the U.S. economy:

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