Consumer economy

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A consumer economy describes an economy driven by consumer spending as a percent of its gross domestic product, as opposed to the other major components of GDP (gross private domestic investment, government spending, and imports netted against exports).[1]

Consumer spending in the US rose from about 62% of GDP in 1960, where it stayed until about 1981, and has since risen to 71% in 2013.[2]


  1. ^ Education 2020 Homeschool Console, section Vocabluarly of Unit on "Economic Boom of the 1920s", quote: "CONSUMER ECONOMY: Definition: An economy that depends on a large amount of spending by comsumers. - school login required, accessed 12:21 PM, December 1st, 2009.
  2. ^ "Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE)/Gross Domestic Product (GDP)" FRED Graph, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis