Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 16–29 | Cite as

Economic status of france: Past, present, and future

  • Jacques de Bandt
Articles

Conclusion

To conclude, France may be only seventh or eighth in terms of manufacturing GDP per head and ninth or tenth in terms of GDP per head. This is, after all, not bad and certainly it is not bad if one compares France with the developing world. But such measurements are, in any case, only in terms of national accounting figures. I am sure life is much better in France than in the few countries which are ahead of it in those accounting terms.

Maybe France is only seventh or eighth because it has to pay for all those other good aspects of life. Other interpretations would be that it is only seventh or eighth because the French people enjoy too much those good aspects, or even because they choose not to be too competitive with respect to the other countries. One of my colleagues used to say that if we French were to work as much as the Japanese do, we would be excessively competitive...and we do not want to harm the other countries.

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Economic Status International Economic Public Finance National Accounting Good Aspect 
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© Atlantic Economic Society 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques de Bandt
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  1. 1.Centre National de la Recherche ScientifiqueFrance

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