The World's Most Powerful Number: An Assessment of 80 Years of GDP Ideology

ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY VOL 30, NO 2, APRIL 2014

4 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2014  

Lorenzo Fioramonti

University of Pretoria; Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg; Hertie School of Governance; UNU Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies

Date Written: April 3, 2014

Abstract

Economic measurements and indicators have their role to play in policy. However, as time passes, some of these indicators, like Gross Domestic Product (GDP), have come to shape our lives more than we can imagine. Here ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY invites Lorenzo Fioramonti, the author of two books on economic indicators, to reflect on the 80th anniversary of this indicator and invites Jane Guyer, a prominent economic anthropologist, to reflect on this article in the same issue in terms of her own work on the history of limitations of indicators in economic anthropology.

Suggested Citation

Fioramonti, Lorenzo, The World's Most Powerful Number: An Assessment of 80 Years of GDP Ideology (April 3, 2014). ANTHROPOLOGY TODAY VOL 30, NO 2, APRIL 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2518323

Lorenzo Fioramonti (Contact Author)

Hertie School of Governance ( email )

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UNU Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies ( email )

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University of Pretoria ( email )

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Centre for Social Investment, University of Heidelberg ( email )

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