- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: May 2019
- Print publication year: 2019
- Online ISBN: 9781108608558
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108608558
How did Gross domestic product (GDP) become the world's most influential indicator? Why does it still remain the primary measure of societal progress despite being widely criticised for not considering well-being or sustainability? Why have the many beyond-GDP alternatives not managed to effectively challenge GDP's dominance? The success of GDP and the failure of beyond-GDP lies in their underlying communities. The macro-economic community emerged in the aftermath of the Great Depression and WWII. This community formalised their 'language' in the System of National Accounts (SNA) which provided the global terminology with which to communicate. On the other hand, beyond-GDP is a heterogeneous community which speaks in many dialects, accents and languages. Unless this changes, the 'beyond-GDP cottage industry' will never beat the 'GDP-multinational'. This book proposes a new roadmap to 2030, detailing how to create a multidisciplinary Wellbeing and Sustainability Science (WSS) with a common language, the System of Global and National Accounts (SGNA).
Enrico Giovannini - Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata and former Minister of Labour and Social Policies in the Italian government
Marco Mira d'Ercole - Head of Household Statistics, OECD
Frits Bos - CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economics Policy Analysis and author of The National Accounts as a Tool for Analysis and Policy: in View of History, Economic Theory and Data Compilation Issues
Peter van de Ven - Head of National Accounts, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Diane Coyle - Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge and author of GDP: A Brief but Affectionate History
Marcel Timmer - Director of the Groningen Growth and Development Centre (GGDC), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Roger Mullin Source: The National
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