Share This Article:

Economic Definition of economic indicators. Defined.

Offline Version: PDF

Term economic indicators Definition: Numerous economic statistics that provide valuable information about the expansions and contractions of business cycles. These economic statistics are grouped into three sets--lagging, coincident, and leading. Leading economic indicators tend to move up or down a few months BEFORE business-cycle expansions and contractions. Coincident economic indicators tend to reach their peaks and troughs AT THE SAME TIME as business cycles. Lagging economic indicators tend to rise or fall a few months AFTER business-cycle expansions and contractions.


« sources economic growth | economic policies »


Alphabetical Reference to Over 2,000 Economic Terms