# growth rate

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## Growth Rate

The amount by which a variable increases over a given period of time as a percentage of its previous value. For example, a 3% growth rate in GDP for a year means that the value of an economy is 103% of the value of the previous year.

## growth rate

The annual rate at which a variable, such as gross domestic product or a firm's earnings, has been or is expected to grow. One common method of estimating future growth rate is simply to measure a variable's past growth rate and then project a continuation of the trend.

## Growth rate.

A growth rate measures the percentage increase in the value of a variety of markets, companies, or operations.

For example, a stock research firm typically tracks the rate at which a company's sales and earnings have grown as one of the factors in evaluating whether to recommend that investors purchase, hold, or sell its shares.

Similarly, the rate at which the gross domestic product grows is a measure of the strength of the US economy.

If you want to compare the vigor of entities or elements of different sizes, it's more accurate to look at growth rate than it is to look at the actual numerical change in value. For example, an emerging market might be growing at a much faster rate than a developed one even though the size of those economies is vastly different.

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On average the actual PE rate is growth neutral, and, therefore, empirical results of regression of rates of growth and share of public expenditures, or of rates of growth of public expenditures, do not show correlation.
Following our hypothesis we shall regress the rates of growth in the cross section analysis with the absolute deviation of the actual PE rate from the average or normal or growth neutral PE rate.
In the rather disappointing empirical results, which explain the rates of growth, it might be interesting to notice that the estimated empirical relation between the rates of growth and the absolute value of deviations from a normative average did not give any relation, and even the sign of the parameter was not as expected.
For the narrower set of industries, the revision produced even larger changes; differences in rates of growth between well-measured and suspect industries went from 0.14 percent per year prerevision to -0.04 percent per year postrevision.
Table: 1.--Average Annual Rates of Growth of Three Indicators by Type of Industry, 1949-1982
The high rates of growth in France, Japan and Italy may be attributable to their relatively low 1960 health expenditure base and their relatively higher GDP growth.
Given the well-established relationship between health spending and GDP, both in terms of levels and rates of growth, it is useful to examine increases in real GDP growth.
Table 2 contains the compound annual rates of growth in real per capita health spending relative to the compound annual rates of growth in real per capita GDP that are depicted graphically in Figure 4 and 5 for 1960-8m and various sub-periods.
By comparing the various rates of growth recorded in annual rings, researchers can construct a year-by-year timeline that reveals long-term trends in precipitation rates or temperatures.
Changing the solvent's alcohol/water ratio alters the relative rates of growth or dissolution at these ends, they found.
Species with high rates of growth and photosynthesis, such as crop plants, tend to have larger stomal openings--and therefore greater ozone uptake--explains Reich, who is now at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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