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Exponential growth refers to the situation where growth compounds continuously at every instant of time.

Because compounding takes place at intervals much longer than an instant, a geometric growth is a “special case” of exponential growth.

Exponential growth rates may take the form of annual growth rates, quarter-on-previous quarter growth rates or month-on-previous month growth rates.

The exponential growth rate is the growth rate between two points in time for certain population indicators, notably labour force and population.

This growth rate is based on a model of continuous exponential growth between two points in time. It does not take into account the intermediate values of the series. Nor does it correspond to the annual rate of change measured at a one-year interval.

Source Publication:
OECD, 2005, Data and Metadata Reporting and Presentation Handbook, OECD, Paris, Section 3: Guidelines for the reporting of different types of data.

Statistical Theme: Methodological information (metadata)

Created on Monday, July 11, 2005

Last updated on Wednesday, November 30, 2005