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The Measurement of Wealth: Recessions, Sustainability and Inequality

In: Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics

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  • Joseph E. Stiglitz

    (Columbia University)

Abstract

This chapter considers two central problems in the measurement of wealth, within the existing statistical frameworks, which impair both the ability to assess economic sustainability and the impacts of an economic downturn. These measurement problems have, in turn, led to confusion concerning the interpretation to be given to the dramatic increase in the wealth-output ratio in recent decades.

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  • Joseph E. Stiglitz, 2016. "The Measurement of Wealth: Recessions, Sustainability and Inequality," International Economic Association Series, in: Joseph E. Stiglitz & Martin Guzman (ed.), Contemporary Issues in Macroeconomics, chapter 7, pages 63-76, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:intecp:978-1-137-52958-9_8
    DOI: 10.1057/9781137529589_8
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    Keywords

    Human Capital; Capital Stock; Real Interest Rate; National Currency; Productive Capital;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity

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