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    A big difficulty is counting when a president's influence on the economy starts. You assume October 1st (the beginning of the first fiscal year of a president). However, one could argue that George W. Bush's influence began much earlier because his stimulus plan took effect much before Oct. 1, 2001.  Also, does anticipation of economic policy affect economic behavior? Another question is whether changes in unemployment rates is a better measure for your purposes than the absolute unemployment rate.

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