From a system of national accounts to a process of national wellbeing accounting

File Description SizeFormat 
R177 From a system of national accounts to a process of national wellbeing.pdfFile embargoed for 12 months after publication date 250.33 kBAdobe PDF    Request a copy
Title: From a system of national accounts to a process of national wellbeing accounting
Author(s): Allin, P
Hand, DJ
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: There are repeated calls to go “Beyond GDP”, for measures of wellbeing and progress in addition to those that the System of National Accounts (SNA) is designed to provide. We identify key issues that can help build on the rigour of SNA whilst fitting the measurement of economic performance within a broader assessment of national wellbeing and progress. Such drivers are already leading to a proliferation of indicators and accounts, for example in the development of non-monetary measures of natural resources. There are significant measurement challenges, not least the question of whether a single, overall measure or index of wellbeing is valid. But the challenge of measurement, per se, is one thing: in our view, a more critical issue is whether the measures will actually be used. We propose a dynamic and multi-staged approach for developing SNA, embracing the production and use of measures. This would start by identifying user requirements for wider measures, to provide the basis for national and cross-national developments in wellbeing accounting. We envisage greater branding and marketing of national wellbeing concepts to promote measures and support their use. We call for outreach by producers, so that there is dialogue about the development and use of measures.
Date of Acceptance: 17-Feb-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/43257
ISSN: 1751-5823
Publisher: Wiley
Journal / Book Title: International Statistical Review
Keywords: Statistics & Probability
0104 Statistics
Publication Status: Accepted
Appears in Collections:Mathematics
Statistics
Faculty of Natural Sciences



Items in Spiral are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Creative Commons