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Published: 09 May 2013

336 Pages | 32 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199767199

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Beyond GDP

Measuring Welfare and Assessing Sustainability

Marc Fleurbaey and Didier Blanchet

  • One original feature of this book is that it builds on economic theory, but also philosophy and psychology, in order to assess the various alternative indicators that have been circulated, and to make a specific proposal. Most alternatives to GDP have very little scholarly foundation.
  • Another feature is the provocative idea that what is wrong with GDP is not its being monetary. A monetary measure can put as much weight as one wants on non-market aspects of human lives.
  • This book is probably the most comprehensive study of alternatives to GDP and their foundations.