Policy Research in Macroeconomics

The National Accounts, GDP and the ‘Growthmen’

January 2015

Reading GDP: A Brief But Affectionate History by Diane Coyle (2013) led to the question – when and how did GDP growth become the central focus of policymaking? Younger readers may be more surprised by the answers than older ones, with the details not commonplace in conventional histories of post-war policy.

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