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The Power of a Single NumberA Political History of GDP$
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Philipp Lepenies

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175104

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175104.001.0001

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War, Kidnapping, and Data Theft

War, Kidnapping, and Data Theft


(p.97) 5 War, Kidnapping, and Data Theft
The Power of a Single Number

Philipp Lepenies

, Jeremy Gaines
Columbia University Press

The case of Germany. The chapter describes how the idea of national income accounting was taken up in Germany, how the Nazis had nothing similar to GDP for their own war planning purposes and how the American occupational forces calculated the first German GDP - and later forced the Germans to calculate GDP on a regular basis - with both stories resembling spy novels.

Keywords:   German statistics, Statistics in Nazi Germany and during the war, How GDP came to Germany

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