Arunabh Ghosh
Associate Professor, Harvard University

Arunabh Ghosh is a historian of modern China and an associate professor in the department of history at Harvard University. His first book is Making It Count: Statistics and Statecraft in the Early People’s Republic of China (2020). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Written by Arunabh Ghosh

Guilin, China. 1979. Photo by Hiroji Kubota/Magnum

Essay/
Economic history
Counting China

By rejecting sampling in favour of exhaustive enumeration, communist China’s dream of total information became a nightmare

Arunabh Ghosh