Well-being and GDP: why we need them both

By Romina Boarini, OECD Measuring well-being is about going beyond the cold numbers of GDP. But cold as it may be, GDP remains a very important indicator for measuring the economic performance of countries, which is a fundamental driver of well-being. This is not only because income means higher material standards [...]

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The arithmetick of green growth

Here’s one of the best ever openings to a paper in any academic discipline you care to name: “The economic changes that occurred in this country during recent years are sufficiently striking to be apparent to any observer without the assistance of statistical measurements. There is considerable value, however, in [...]

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The Happy Planet Index 2012

Costa Rica and most Latin American countries are more ecologically efficient than richer nations such as the USA and Germany. That’s the message that comes out of the new Happy Planet Index, launched today by nef (the new economics foundation). (This post first appeared on the Wikiprogress ProgBlog under the [...]

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Healthy, Happy and Wise: Recipe for a Better Life?

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki, OECD “A healthy mind in a healthy body” – that recipe for happiness dates at least 2,000 years to Roman poet Juvenal, who in his tenth “Satire” listed these as the prerequisites for human happiness.  On the face of it, the world has changed beyond imagining since then, but when it comes to [...]

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Path to progress: Making every step count

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki, OECD According to an old joke, when a lost traveler asked a farmer the way to the next village, he received the unhelpful reply “Well, to begin with I would not start from here”. A useful reminder that if we want to achieve anything in life, we need to think carefully before we start about [...]

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