National Income Statistics: Sources and Methods - Anon.Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1956, Hardback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently faded at the spine and onto the boards with heavy mottling to both boards. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. A working copy.
No. 3 in the series. From the preface: “Each spring since 1941, a White Paper has been laid before Parliament giving official estimates of national income and expenditure for the United Kingdom in the previous calendar year. The increasing elaboration of the estimates made it necessary, in 1952 and subsequently, to issue the statistics in two parts — a White Paper in the spring, providing summary statistics, and a fuller publication (the National Income “Blue Book”) in the summer.
The present work is an attempt to describe in some detail how the estimates are built up and the system of ideas on which they are based. It is not in fact practicable to explain the derivation of the estimates so thoroughly that the reader would be in a position to reconstruct the national income estimates directly from the basic sources. The object is rather to describe the kind of material employed in such a way that the user may better appreciate the significance of the results and, in particular, may be able to judge the reliability of the component series and the extent to which practical or theoretical conclusions may reasonably be drawn from the figures.”