Measuring the Nation’s Well-Being – A Sceptical Update

Word cloud from the national well-being debate

Word cloud from the national well-being debate

A few months ago (see here and here) I wrote about the British government’s intention to measure national well-being. This project came about because of the obvious failing of GDP (gross domestic product) to capture all the nuances of social and economic progress (and more recently, the lack of it).

I promised to update you on this project’s progress, and at the end of July 2011, a series of reports was issued by the Office for National Statistics. In August’s posting for Positive Psychology News, I review  the ONS interim findings and question whether we are really any better informed about the nation’s well-being than we were 8 months ago.

Read the full article here.

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