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Freedom-Based Measurement of Living Standard

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This paper contrasts conventional real GDP and price indicators of individual living standard, interpreted as revealing information on individual welfare, with others, that aim at reflecting individual freedom. It is argued that freedom-based indices are easier to use and interpret than traditional real GDPones. Illustrations of the differences between the two classes of indices are provided for international comparisons, as well as for the evaluation of growth and inflation in France.

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  • Nicolas Gravel & Benoit Tarroux, 2008. "Freedom-Based Measurement of Living Standard," IDEP Working Papers 0808, Institut d'economie publique (IDEP), Marseille, France, revised Nov 2008.
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    1. Vincent Merlin & Marc Fleurbaey & Dominique Lepelley, 2012. "Introduction to the special issue on new developments in social choice and welfare theories," Social Choice and Welfare, Springer;The Society for Social Choice and Welfare, vol. 39(2), pages 253-257, July.

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