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Measuring wellbeing in theory and practice

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  • Stephanie Gorecki

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • David Gruen

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

  • Shane Johnson

    (Treasury, Government of Australia)

Abstract

There has been a recent resurgence of interest in the concept of progress and how it is measured. This paper explores the role that concepts of wellbeing and sustainability play in informing a framework for public policy analysis with a particular focus on the Australian Treasury. Treasury's policy objective, set out in its mission statement, is to improve the wellbeing of the Australian people. As such, sustainable social progress or improving wellbeing, and how it is measured, are of central concern to the work of the Treasury.

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  • Stephanie Gorecki & David Gruen & Shane Johnson, 2011. "Measuring wellbeing in theory and practice," Treasury Working Papers 2011-02, The Treasury, Australian Government, revised Sep 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsy:wpaper:wpaper_tsy_wp_2011_2
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    1. Anand, Sudhir & Sen, Amartya, 2000. "Human Development and Economic Sustainability," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 28(12), pages 2029-2049, December.
    2. Kenneth Arrow & Partha Dasgupta & Lawrence Goulder & Gretchen Daily & Paul Ehrlich & Geoffrey Heal & Simon Levin & Karl-Göran Mäler & Stephen Schneider & David Starrett & Brian Walker, 2004. "Are We Consuming Too Much?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, pages 147-172.
    3. Priscilla Altili & Annalisa Cicerchia & Pietro Zoppoli, "undated". "Contents and Measures of Sustainable Progress:the Performance of Italy in a Selection of Synthetic Indices," Working Papers 1, Department of the Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and of Finance.
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    1. Christine Carmody, 2012. "Considering future generations - sustainability in theory and practice," Economic Roundup, The Treasury, Australian Government, pages 65-91.

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    Keywords

    wellbeing; economic welfare; economic sustainability;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • Q31 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices

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