Kuznets QOTD: Economy and Society Edition

I’m flipping through some documents I copied from the archives of Simon Kuznets, Nobel-prize winning economist and pioneer in the field of national income statistics, and I came across a delightful quote that sounds as much like Polanyi or Krippner as it does anything else. The quote is from a piece on “Comparability of National Product Measures among Different Societies”, ca. 1954, following an assertion that national product measures can only be comparable between two social units:

For the essence of economics is that it deals with social relations involved in making a living; and the Robinson Crusoe economics, whether of the individual or of the family, is significant only in so far as it can explain economic society, the behavior of a group in which relations among individuals cut across blood and other family ties.

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