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Croissance économique et bien-être

  • Gérard Cornilleau

The measurement of social well-being is still a question. We propose a new indicator founded on both ??relative?? and ??absolute?? characteristics. The level of aggregated social well-being depend on income distribution (reducing inequality increase social well-being) and on the rate of economic growth (living generations are in a better situation). We have computed the indicator for France, Italy, United States and United Kingdom, during 1950-2000. The increase in social well-being was very large in France and Italy, but stagnate in the recent years. In the United States and United Kingdom, it is still increasing. In these four countries, a 2 % per year growth in real income per capita is required to stabilise the level of well-being. For sustaining a high level of social well-being, the economic policy must aim two goals: a high level of economic growth and a low level of inequality.JEL codes: A1, D6, D63, E01, E61, I3.

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Volume (Year): 96 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 11-34

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  1. Jean-Alain Monfort & Didier Blanchet, 2002. "Croissance, transferts et inégalités entre générations," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 154(3), pages 79-94.
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