Analyzing the Gross National Product (GNP) and other national ecomic statistics is one way to look at the financial well being of a country. Ather more revealing and more interesting way is to analyze the variety and amount of goods and services consumed by citizens, businesses, and the various levels of government. The Handbook presents a systematic and statistical portrait of consumption and wealth, allowing readers to better understand America's ecomic, political, and cultural landscape. This handbook focuses on the latest statistical information available on U.S. spending habits by exploring a wide range of ecomic, demographic, and geographic variables.
CHANDRIKA KAUL holds a Ph.D in economic geography from Jiwaji University, India. She has been in reference publishing for the last 19 years as geography, statistics, and map editor for companies such as Encyclopaedia Britannica, Childrens Press, Facts on File, Grolier Publishing, and Lerner Publications Company. Dr. Kaul has also worked with several economic development organizations, specializing in international trade development. VALERIE TOMASELLI-MOSCHOVITIS is a writer and editor specializing in the social sciences. She has written or edited reference books for such publishers as Facts On File, ABC-CLIO, and Macmillan, as well as Oryx Press, and is the president of the Reference Publishing division of The Moschovitis Group in New York City. Tomaselli-Moschovitis is a graduate of Hamilton College and a Masters candidate in Business and Policy Studies at the State University of New York.