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Measuring the Quality of Life: Beyond the GDP

Global Women's Project | Thu, Mar 17, 2011

Measuring the Quality of Life: Beyond the GDP

“Among economists, social scientists, public policy advocates and a number of political leaders there is growing agreement that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an inadequate instrument for measuring human and societal well-being. In the briefing paper ‘What’s Wrong with the GDP?’ Julia Wartenberg points out that the problem is not with the GDP but with an inappropriate application of the GDP.” In this briefing paper, Maria Riley discusses the progress which has been made in developing complementary measures to the GDP.

What's Wrong with the GDP?

Global Women's Project | Thu, Nov 18, 2010

What's Wrong with the GDP?

The Gross Domestic Product measurement (GDP) has come to represent the economic well-being of a society, thereby relaying how successful that society is. Yet in looking at the unemployment numbers of this past summer, our society does not seem to be enjoying the economic well-being that the GDP supposedly illustrates. Read “What’s Wrong with the GDP?” to learn about the need for complementary indicators. This briefing paper, written by Julia Wartenberg, discusses what the GDP does and does not measure and argues for the incorporation of care work (paid and unpaid) into our measurement of societal well-being. Download the paper here.

Global Women's Project | Thu, May 31, 2012

The Continuing Effects of the Great Recession on Women and Families

The Great Recession is said to be officially over. Yet, millions remain unemployed, families continue to struggle and social protection programs are being cut. Read this month’s briefing paper, The Continuing Effects of the Great Recession on Women and Families,” to learn more about the economic barriers millions continue to face.

Global Women's Project | Wed, Oct 12, 2011

Jobs With and For a Future

Last month, U.S. unemployment rate was reported at 9.1 percent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) some 13.9 million Americans are out of work; 8.5 million are involuntary part-time workers; and 2.2 million have stopped looking for work: a total of 24.6 million workers. Read the latest briefing paper from the Global Women’s Project, “Jobs With and For A Future,” to learn about two areas where job growth is possible and beneficial for individuals and society – the Green Economy and the Care Economy.