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Weak and strong sustainability in the SEEA: concepts and measurement

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  • Simon Dietz
  • Eric Neumayer

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In this paper, we explain how the latest international handbook on environmental accounting, the System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting or SEEA (United Nations et al., 2003), can be used to measure weak and strong sustainability. We emphasise the importance of understanding the conceptual differences between weak and strong sustainability. We then outline what we consider to be current best practice in measurement, all the time flagging the relationship between our discussion and that of the SEEA-2003. This is an important task in our view, because, despite covering a very wide range of relevant conceptual and empirical issues, the handbook is by design not meant to provide clear guidelines for the purpose of measuring sustainability in either its weak or strong version.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 3058.

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Date of creation: 15 Mar 2007
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Publication status: Published in Ecological Economics, 15, March, 2007, 61(4), pp. 617-626. ISSN: 0921-8009
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