Zeitgeist analysis, 12 April 2009

Federal and state are both up about 50 places in this week's economics zeitgeist, with US and government retaining their positions at the top of the charts. Obama has fallen 45 to 110 and administration 177 places to 401. Washington is up 28 to 425, so rather a mixed picture there.

Nearer the top of the charts, market is up one place to 5, with financial and economic down three and two respectively to 8 and 10. Bank and money are each up nine places to 14 and 15. Price is down eight to 18 but prices up ten to 23. So no clear trends at the top either.

Trillion had the rise this week that I'd expected last week, up 47 places to 360; billion and million both up about ten places too.

Top new entries are WAIS, North, Chinese and default, all around the 300-400 mark. Israel, exports and nuclear are new around 400-500 with Smith at 595, zombie at 599 and TARP at 626. The WAIS entries seem to be from the blog of the World Association of International Studies, which has been in the dataset the whole time but is a bit more active this week.

Internationally, China has had a big jump - up 189 places to 146 - with UK up 99 to 426, but Germany, France and EU dropping out of the list and Europe and European both dropping. Country is up 90, countries is down 100, and foreign is up over 200 places to 205 (national and American are also doing well).

If you're looking for indicators of recovery, you won't get clear ones yet - recovery is up 10 places but only to position 279, growth is exactly steady at 81, green is up one to 475 but shoots doesn't show at all and confidence is nowhere to be seen.

Think is up a lot and thought too, with economists and blog also rising strongly. Not enough to make much inference from, but I'll keep an eye on them.

AIG is still falling, so is Geithner but Bernanke is back in (albeit at number 863, just above socialism).

And to finish, a few trends about time. 2009 of course is the best-performing year, up 48 to 48, but 2008 does almost as well, up 38 to 65. 2007 has fallen 88 places to 333, but 2006 has had a mini-resurgence, up 98 places to 779 and even 2005 is up 13 to 865. Meanwhile, nobody wants to think about 2010 which has fallen 299 places to 740.

See you all next week.


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