Assess the View That Statistics Measuring Development in Terms of Economic Wellbeing Have No Meaning or Worth

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Statistics can be a way of measuring development. There are some sociologists who use them to measure development in terms of economic wellbeing; the statistics which are most commonly used are Gross National Product (GNP), Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and a per capita figure. There are key differences in the development between nations if we look at this figure. For example if we look at Japans GDP as another figure it is $5.964 trillion, compared to the GDP of Haiti which is $13.13 million. This gives us a clear comparison and to let us see who has the better GDP. GNP statistics reveal huge differences in wealth between nations. So this can be considered of worth. Reasons it can be considered of worth is that GGNP statistics indicate changes in a countries overall production and the direction of its economy, it can also measure how an economy is functioning, this is very useful when looking at wealth as you would be able to see which countries are thriving and the best to trade with, and which ones are not doing so good. Other reasons statistics are of meaning and worth are because it helps us to identify that the poorest countries actually have a declining GNP. This can then lead to alert agencies and non government organisations (NGO’s). The facts that statistics can identify poorest countries have a decline in GNP means that it allows for these agencies and NGO’s to intervene and help them out. Therefore it does have great worth because these agencies can help the countries before their GNP declines anymore than it already has. Different statistics also helps to identify the variable rate at which GNP might be growing in different countries. This is very important; this lets other countries know which countries have the highest GNP at the time. This is important because it is constantly changing. Therefore with the statistics that show lets countries make
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