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Why We Should Abolish The GDP

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Gross domestic product measures how much money that project would produce. But it can't account for the children who get asthma or the people who die from that air pollution. And that's a problem.

A Post-GDP World? How to Measure Real Progress in America

Michael Shank | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

How should the US government institute supplemental national accounts that better reflect the well-being of the nation? The question stems from a central premise that new comprehensive indicators would lead to better-informed policymaking, and, in turn, genuine advances in the nation's prosperity.

States Are Ditching GDP

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.15.2014 | Business
Sean McElwee

In the wake of the Great Recession, Americans have become cognizant of the fact that GDP bears little connection to their well-being.

How Sandy Reveals the GDP's Twisted Logic

Daphne Wysham | Posted 01.08.2013 | Business
Daphne Wysham

Great headway has been made on new metrics that are far more sophisticated than GDP. One such metric, the Genuine Progress Indicator, assesses whether our economy is really growing or not by taking into account spending that doesn't make us better off.

GDP Cannot Capture the Economics of Climate Change

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 07.27.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

The newest GDP release shows an increase of 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2012, down from a 1.9 percent growth in the first quarter and three percent growth in 2011. But, as Dēmos continually asks in our Beyond GDP work: What exactly is GDP measuring?

How Do We Value Nature?

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 09.17.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

if you think of nature as an independent entity having a worth beyond what it can provide to humans, how do you put a price on it? How much is the Amazon River or the Himalayan mountain range worth?

We Need to Start Measuring Progress, Not Just Growth

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

As we reach planetary boundaries, endless growth is not the answer. We need progress and we cannot have progress without measuring what we value, even if it isn't monetized.

After the Crash: How to be Happy Anyway

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sarah van Gelder

We can emerge from this crisis with the sort of wealth that really matters: strong communities and relationships, healthy ecosystems, and the skills to make a living and enjoy life.

Solar Air Heating -- Not Just for Old Hippies?

Rebekah and Stephen Hren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rebekah and Stephen Hren

With record oil profits and Obama proposing a windfall profits tax to help with winter heating woes, now seems a good time to revisit some old ideas on how best to spend this money.