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Can NNP be used for welfare comparisons?

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  • ASHEIM, GEIR B.

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This paper contains a critical assessment of the claim that NNP can be used for welfare comparisons. The analysis assumes that national accounts are comprehensive (in particular greened by taking into account environmental amenities and natural resource depletion), but does not assume optimal resource allocation. The general conclusion is that greater NNP corresponds to welfare enhancement only if net investment flows are revalued. Real utility-NNP and real measurable NNP made comparable across time by means of a consumer price index allow for such revaluation, and thus indicate welfare improvement.

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Article provided by Cambridge University Press in its journal Environment and Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 12 (2007)
Issue (Month): 01 (February)
Pages: 11-31

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Handle: RePEc:cup:endeec:v:12:y:2007:i:01:p:11-31_00

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  1. Partha Dasgupta, 2009. "The Welfare Economic Theory of Green National Accounts," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 42(1), pages 3-38, January.
  2. Mota, Rui Pedro & Domingos, Tiago & Martins, Victor, 2010. "Analysis of genuine saving and potential green net national income: Portugal, 1990-2005," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 69(10), pages 1934-1942, August.
  3. Robert D. Cairns & Vincent Martinet, 2012. "An Environmental-Economic Measure of Sustainable Development," EconomiX Working Papers 2012-2, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
  4. Mota, Rui Pedro & Domingos, Tiago & Martins, Victor, 2008. "Analysis of green net national product and genuine saving in Portugal, 1991 - 2005," MPRA Paper 13347, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  5. Geir Asheim & Taoyuan Wei, 2009. "Sectoral Income," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 42(1), pages 65-87, January.
  6. Vincent Martinet & Luc Doyen, 2010. "Maximin, Viability and Sustainability," EconomiX Working Papers 2010-19, University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX.
  7. Heal, Geoffrey & Kristrom, Bengt, 2008. "A note on national income in a dynamic economy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 98(1), pages 2-8, January.
  8. Fabrizio Bulckaen & Marco Stampini, 2009. "On shadow prices for the measurement of sustainability," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 11(6), pages 1197-1213, December.

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