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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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The Power of a Single Number

Philipp Lepenies

, Jeremy Gaines
Columbia University Press

Provides a summary and talks in detail about recent international initiatives to complement or replace GDP. Makes the point that GDP sits firmly in the saddle because together with the idea of growth , the notion that production is the most desirable goal (instead of issues of distribution) is still the basis of most political beliefs - and an in-depth knowledge of history is helpful to understand why this is so and so difficult to change.

Keywords:   History of GDP; History of Economic Concepts, History of Statistics, Political Economy of Statistics; Role of GDP in Politics

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