Originally published in 1960 and 1966. This is an elementary introduction to the sources of economic statistics and their uses in answering economic questions. No mathematical knowledge is assumed, and no mathematical symbols are used.
The book shows - by asking and answering a number of typical questions of applied economics - what the most useful statistics are, where they are found, and how they are to be interpreted and presented. The reader is introduced to the major British, European and American official sources, to the social accounts, to index numbers and averaging, and to elementary aids to inspection such as moving averages and scatter diagrams.
Table of Contents
Preface. Warning 1. Production and Employment in the Cotton Industry Since the War 2. The Slump in the Motor Industry, 1956-7 3. How Much Have Prices Risen Since Before the War? 4. Changes in Incomes 5. The Social Accounts 6. Who Saves and Invests? 7. United Kingdom Transactions with the Rest of the World 8. International Comparisons of Income and Output 9. Trend and Seasonal Movements in Fruit and Vegetable Prices 10. The Productivity of British Industries 11. The Dependence of the United Kingdom Economy upon Imports 12. Fluctuations in American Business Activity, 1947-58. Reference Table of United Kingdom Economic Statistics