‘You Too Can Have Statistics Like Mine’: Some Economic Comparisons

  • Jim Potter


A few years after the Second World War a book appeared in England with the promising title We Too Can Prosper.1 It emerged from inquiries undertaken by the Anglo-American Council on Productivity into American methods of industrial production, seeking ways and means to improve British economic efficiency. The proposition of the book was explicit: the post-war British economy was seriously ill; the prescriptions for recovery were to come from the United States. If we in Britain failed to take the medicine, the author foresaw ‘an accelerating, and ultimately catastrophic, fall in our standards of living’.


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© Jim Potter 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jim Potter
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  1. 1.London School of EconomicsUK

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