GDP and all that jazz

Tyler Cowen has reviewed my new book, GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History for the Washington Post – favourably, I’m relieved to say, as he’s such an astute reader. I’m halfway through the other book he covers, Zachary Karabell’s The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers that Rule Our World; and will be reviewing that myself in due course.

GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History: A Brief Affectionate History   The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World

There are surprisingly few books about GDP, but two came out soon after I submitted my manuscript, very different from each other (and mine). One is Gross Domestic Problem by Lorenzo Fioramonti – self-explanatory. Here is my take. The other is Beyond GDP: Measuring Welfare and Assessing Sustainability by Marc Fleurbaey and Didier Blanchet which is far more technical but well worthwhile if you’re interested in the issues – here’s my review. Its introduction covers the argument of the book in a non-technical way.

Beyond GDP: Measuring Welfare and Assessing Sustainability

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