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Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-Being

The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and the Bank of Korea invite submissions for an international conference entitled “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Well-being” that will take place in Seoul, Korea, April 26-28, 2017. The objective of this conference is to advance the debate on the measurement of well-being, both at the macro and micro levels, through an examination of past experiences and the identification of future challenges. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2016.

Papers are invited that contribute to a discussion of the following issues, among others:

  • Do objective and subjective indicators of well-being show the same patterns across groups and over time and if not, what can account for these differences?
  • Should the measurement of well-being be based on the extension of the SNA or are other approaches needed? If the former path forward is more appropriate what SNA-based enhancements would provide useful information on well-being developments?
  • How can income and wealth inequality considerations be best integrated into wellbeing measurement?
  • What metrics best capture inequalities in quality of life dimensions (e.g. longevity, skills, political voice, etc.)?
  • How can well-being metrics and frameworks capture challenges to the sustainability of living standards from, for example, an ageing population, and to the sustainability of ecosystems from greenhouse gases?
  • What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of composite measures of well-being versus dashboards of indicators in shedding light on well-being trends or cross-national differences?
  • Can statistical sources at the individual or household level (sample surveys, administrative data) cope with the challenges posed by the collection of diverse data on the multiple dimensions of well-being (income, health, social connections, etc.)?
  • What are the conceptual issues raised by multidimensional measurement of well-being? Which solutions have been adopted in the past about the selection and weighting of dimensions, the indicator metrics, and statistical indices?
  • What are the implications for policy-making of shifting the focus from GDP to alternative measures of well-being? Does this raise new challenges in terms of communication to the general public? 

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The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth has as its major interests: the furthering of research on national and economic and social accounting, including the development of concepts and definitions for the measurement and analysis of income and wealth; the...

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