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Making Macroeconomic Measures meaningful in the Principles of Macro course

In one of the first universities I taught for, I was told not to bother teaching how GDP, unemployment, inequality or inflation were measured. The chapters were easy and students could do it on their own so the professor could focus on more important topics. I didn’t feel confident enough to abandon the chapters completely, so did teach them in an accelerated version. However, I soon realized these were the fundamentals of macroeconomics and economic policy. Understanding how