In recent times, the GDP has become less of an economic measure and more of a political tool. Economist Rajeswari Sengupta joins Amit Varma in episode 130 of The Seen and the Unseen to explain what the GDP is, what it is good for, what it is not good for and what the fuss over this figure in India is all about. This episode has immeasurable value.
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Rajeswari Sengupta's writings.
GDP – A Brief but Affectionate History -- Diane Coyle
Gross Domestic Problem -- Lorenzo Fioramonti
The Power of a Single Number -- Philipp Lepenies