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The Establishment of ‘World Economic Statistics’ in the 1920s and 1930s and Its Relevance for Economic Thinking and Acting

Dr. Martin Bemmann
History of Economic Knowledge and Economic Statistics
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

The Establishment of ‘World Economic Statistics’ in the 1920s and 1930s and Its Relevance for Economic Thinking and Acting
When Jul 10, 2017
from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97362
Attendees universitätsöffentlich / open to university members
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After the First World War a new form of international economic statistics emerged which I propose to call ‘world economic statistics’. They, I argue, buttressed the notion of an actual existing, highly dynamic ‘single world economy’, helped to widen the meaning of ‘the world’ and revealed the ‘real-time’ development of border-crossing economic entanglements in an unprecedented way. At the same time, ‘world economic statistics’ mandatorily required to clearly distinguish between single ‘economic units’ and to treat them equally as comparable ‘statistical areas’, irrespective of their political organisation or economic structure. This, in turn, opened up the possibility to formulate in a rational-scientific manner the massive economic inequalities between different parts of the world, which then could be problematized, addressed, and exploited in a political, economic, social and moral way.