• Hamsini Hariharan

The GDP: From World War I to Today


This is Episode 20 of the The Pragati Podcast, hosted by Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath.

What is the GDP, and why is the world so obsessed with GDP growth? We associate human well-being with growth in the GDP – but are there better measures? And what do the two World Wars and the rise of Hitler have to do with this?


This episode of the Pragati Podcast dives deep into the origins, the evolution and the future of the Gross Domestic Product, a number that has shaped the modern world as we know it. Joining hosts Hamsini and Pavan on this podcast is Anupam Manur, Fellow & Faculty at the Takshashila Institution, and a macroeconomist by training.


Share your questions, comments and brickbats by writing to podcast@thinkpragati.com, or find the hosts on twitter as @HamsiniH and @zeusisdead.


Here’s some of the information about the GDP mentioned on the show:


Watch the Round 1 and Round 2 of the Epic Rap Battle between Keynes and Hayek.

Read Policy Paradox by Deborah Stone

Read GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History by Diane Coyle.