Book notes: GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, by Diane Coyle


Diane Coyle, GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History, Princeton University Press, 2014, 168 pages

It is perhaps the highest accolade an acronym or initialism can hope for: to be used without the need for expansion or explanation. And it is a select group that can make this claim. To be sure, your reviewer writes this sentence fairly confident that his editorial colleagues will not feel the need to spell out scuba or laser. In the world of central banking, replete as it is with uppercase

Only users who have a paid subscription or are part of a corporate subscription are able to print or copy content.

To access these options, along with all other subscription benefits, please contact or view our subscription options here:

You are currently unable to copy this content. Please contact to find out more.

Sorry, our subscription options are not loading right now

Please try again later. Get in touch with our customer services team if this issue persists.

New to Central Banking? View our subscription options

If you already have an account, please sign in here.

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a Central Banking account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an individual account here: