GDP and all that jazz

Tyler Cowen has reviewed my new book, [amazon_link id=”0691156794″ target=”_blank” ]GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History[/amazon_link] 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 [amazon_link id=”1451651201″ target=”_blank” ]The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers that Rule Our World[/amazon_link]; and will be reviewing that myself in due course.

[amazon_image id=”0691156794″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History: A Brief Affectionate History[/amazon_image]   [amazon_image id=”1451651201″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Leading Indicators: A Short History of the Numbers That Rule Our World[/amazon_image]

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 [amazon_link id=”1780322720″ target=”_blank” ]Gross Domestic Problem [/amazon_link]by Lorenzo Fioramonti – self-explanatory. Here is my take. The other is [amazon_link id=”019976719X” target=”_blank” ]Beyond GDP: Measuring Welfare and Assessing Sustainability[/amazon_link] 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.

[amazon_image id=”019976719X” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Beyond GDP: Measuring Welfare and Assessing Sustainability[/amazon_image]