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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.

A Crisis Ignored - Briefing Paper

Global Women's Project | Mon, Sep 20, 2010

A Crisis Ignored - Briefing Paper

Worldwide women have been entering the paid labor force for a number of years. Unfortunately, our current social contract identifies the work-life conflict as a personal rather than a political problem. As a result, families around the world suffer and are left to address child and elder care on their own, often times with inadequate solutions. Read “A Crisis Ignored” to learn about the care crisis and how it has manifested in the United States and abroad.

Time to put the GDP out to pasture

Global Women's Project | Tue, Aug 11, 2009

Time to put the GDP out to pasture

Yesterday's New York Times featured an opinion piece by Eric Zencey, professor of historical and political studies at Empire State College, entitled “G.D.P. R.I.P.” In it, Zencey makes the case that it is time to get rid of the outmoded economic concept “gross domestic product” and replace it with one that better captures well-being and our nation’s economic health.