Ride the housing prices rollercoaster!

Economics can be awfully dull -- they don't call it the "dismal science" for nothing.

But here's a fun bit. Yale economist Robert Shiller went back and adjusted U.S. housing prices for inflation going all the way back to 1890. The data looked like this typical graph …

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Then he took that data, and plotted it to an animated rollercoaster, which you can view in the video clip to your right.

Are we in the midst of a housing bubble? Watch and see how comfortable you feel when you get to 2007 [ht: Freaconomics blog].

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