Living Wealth Indicators

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Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress
Report by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fitoussi

The Commission was created the beginning of 2008 by French President Sarkozy to address the adequacy of GDP as an appropriate indicator of economic performance.

[title] Prosperity without growth? The transition to a sustainable economy
Report by Tim Jackson

The economy is geared, above all, to economic growth. Economic policy in the current recession is all about returning to growth – but an economic crisis can be an opportunity for some basic rethinking and restructuring.

Two objectives other than growth – sustainability and wellbeing –...

[title] The Economics of the Coming Spaceship Earth (Historical)
Report by Kenneth Ewart Boulding

This paper was first presented by Kenneth Ewart Boulding at the Sixth Resources for the Future Forum on Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy in Washington, D.C. on March 8,1966.

In a "spaceship world," well-being is properly measured by the condition of stocks of food, oxygen, water...

[title] The Economics of Happiness: Discovering Genuine Wealth
Book by Mark Anielski

We all know that money can’t buy you love…or happiness. But we have been living our lives as though the accumulation of wealth is the key to our dreams. North Americans have never been wealthier, but over the past 50 years our increasing prosperity has hardly made a dent on our happiness while...

[title] What Difference Does Inequality Make?
Periodical by Richard Wilkinson

Wikinson is author of the UK best seller The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. This article makes a clear link between inequality and social dysfunction and argues that for high income countries managing the economy for equity is far more important than managing for...

[title] Overcoming Barriers in the Key National Indicators Initiative
Report by Kristi Laguzza-Boosman

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to design a multi-sector collaboration project that can
move the Key National Indicators Initiative (KNII) to the next level of success. KNII is a project currently under the auspices of The National Academies. The primary barriers I have uncovered in...

[title] Beyond GDP: The Need for New Measures of Progress
Report by Robert Costanza, Maureen Hart, Stephen Posner, and John Talberth

This paper is a call for better indicators of human well-being in nations around the world. We critique the inappropriate use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measure of national well-being, something for which it was never designed. We also question the idea that economic growth is always...

[title] Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications (Textbook)
Book by Herman Daly and Joshua Farley

Conventional economics is often criticized for failing to reflect adequately the value of clean air and water, species diversity, and social and generational equity. By excluding biophysical and social systems from their analyses, many conventional economists overlook problems of the increasing...