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Extending the SAM with Social and Environmental Indicators: An Application to Bolivia

  • Jorge Alarcon
  • Jan Van Heemst
  • Niek De Jong
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    Extending economic accounts with sets of social and environmental indicators is a first step towards a more integrated analysis of aspects of sustainability problems. In this article, therefore, a proposal is made to nest social and environmental indicators into an existing economic accounting framework. The Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) is taken as a basis, because of its flexibility regarding extensions with non-monetary data addressing social and environmental concerns. The main thrust of the paper is methodological. From the discussion of methodological issues and the application to the SAM for Bolivia for the year 1989, it is concluded that it is, in principle, feasible and relatively simple to extend the SAM with the two sets of indicators. However, additional data will have to be collected to be able to address, more adequately, the problems of sustainability.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economic Systems Research.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 473-496

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