GDP: A brief but affectionate history




Professor Diane Coyle, Professor of Economics, University of Manchester.

Author, GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History

 TIME: 13:00-14:00, Wednesday 2nd December 2015

VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

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Why did the size of the U.S. economy increase by 3 percent on one day in mid-2013 or Ghana’s balloon by 60 percent overnight in 2010? Why did the U.K. financial industry show its fastest expansion ever at the end of 2008—just as the world’s financial system went into meltdown? And why was Greece’s chief statistician charged with treason in 2013 for apparently doing nothing more than trying to accurately report the size of his country’s economy? The answers to all these questions lie in the way we define and measure national economies around the world: gross domestic product.

In order to shed light on the mysteries and uses of GDP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Professor Diane Coyle, who will be discussing her new book ‘GDP: A brief but affectionate history.

Please RSVP to Please note RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. Because of the profiles of our guests and speakers and in order to avoid disappointment on your arrival, you must have received a confirmation email from HJS that you and your guests can attend, as we are regretfully unable to allow entry on the day if you have not RSVPd in advance. We can accept late confirmations, but you will need a response from us still to ensure attendance.


Diane Coyle is a Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and founder of the consultancy Enlightenment Economics. She was a BBC Trustee for over eight years until April 2015, and was formerly a member of the Migration Advisory Committee and the Competition Commission. She specialises in the economics of new technologies, markets and competition, and public policy, and has worked extensively on the impacts of mobile telephony in developing countries.

Diane’s books include most recently GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, The Economics of Enough: How to run the economy as if the future matters, and The Soulful Science (all Princeton University Press). She was previously Economics Editor of The Independent and before that worked at the Treasury and in the private sector as an economist. She has a PhD from Harvard. Diane was awarded the OBE in January 2009.

On Twitter: @diane1859


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