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Well-Being, Front and Center: A Note on the Sarkozy Report

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  • Richard A. Easterlin
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    The Sarkozy Report is a study commissioned by the French President on better ways to measure the level and progress of societal well-being than conventional economic indicators such as GDP. Despite being prepared by prominent economists-the commission was led by Joseph Stiglitz, Amartya Sen, and Jean-Paul Fitoussi-the Report rejects reliance on "production-oriented" measures of progress in favor of a broader array of quality-of-life indicators, some of them subjective, and measures of the sustainability of well-being into the future. These multiple dimensions of well-being, it argues, should be used in policy decisions and welfare evaluations. The views expressed in the Report may portend a sea-change in the way economists think about the benefits of economic growth. Copyright (c) 2010 The Population Council, Inc..

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    Article provided by The Population Council, Inc. in its journal Population and Development Review.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 119-124

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:popdev:v:36:y:2010:i:1:p:119-124
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