Making the GDP sausage. Episode 0: Introduction

Everyone knows Otto von Bismarck’s supposed opinion about sausages and laws. Butchers and legislators, however, tend  not to display much anguish about the production process. Artisans of historical statistics, in my experience, tend to get embarrassed even amongst themselves at the shortcuts and guesswork necessary to manufacture their product.  It didn’t use to be this …

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African-American incomes in mid-century – a quick reply

Yesterday, minding my own business on Twitter, I came across an article that made me, as well as about half of the internet, furious. Someone was wrong on the internet. It turned out that an undergraduate was wrong on the internet, and despite the generally low esteem I hold for Quillette as a publication 1 and the generally acute contempt … Continue reading African-American incomes in mid-century – a quick reply

How unequal was the federation of French West Africa?

When the French parliament, including colonial representatives, was discussing the framework of a new relationship between French Africa and the metropole, a slight plaintive note could be detected in the contributions of the representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Gabon. Respectively, these colonies were the largest economies of the federations of French West Africa (Afrique occidentale … Continue reading How unequal was the federation of French West Africa?