Posts Tagged ‘social progress’
Sustainability, social progress, environmental protection, economic growth and energy are discussed using the sustainability framework in Figure 1, where sustainability is at the confluence of social progress, environmental protection and economic growth.
Figure 1 Sustainability framework
(Source: IUCN 2006)
There are designs being made toward Ecological Civilization and welcome moves to address the shortcomings of GDP in Completing the picture – environmental accounting in practice by the Australian Bureau of Statistics . Extending the national accounts to include degradation of natural resources makes a measurable target for politicians to focus on rather than purely GDP. However, there are problems when social progress is overlooked in the move toward more environmental protection. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by William Paul Bell
2012 August 18 at 5:46 pm
Tagged with allocative efficiency, calculated feed-in tariffs, climate change, Climate Change Adaptation, Climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, climate change poverty, diffusion of innovation, dynamic efficiency, ecological civilization, economic growth, electricity prices, energy, environmental accounting, environmental protection, equity, feed-in tariff, FiT, market determined feed-in tariffs, smart grid, smart meters, social progress, Sociology Compass, Solar Energy, solar PV, Sustainability, Wiley Economics Focus, wileyeconomicsfocus
The report prepared for the President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, by two Nobel prize-winning economists, Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, has proposed ways of improving our measurement of economic performance and social progress (Gittens 2009). GDP measures the production of an economy. There are at least three problems with GDP as a proxy for well-being. First, this proxy may hold for countries outside the OECD membership, where the basics such as shelter, food, access to medical services, and clean water and sanitations are lacking. Second, what is measured becomes a policy target, in this case a misguided target in OECD countries. Third, GDP becoming a target circumvents the important discussion of what are suitable measures for well-being. Equating the level of GDP to the level of well-being reduces the study of economics to an optimisation problem, allowing neoclassical economics the pretence of being scientific. My post ‘The G8 protests and the logically inconsistent foundations of neoclassical economics’ further discusses this scientific pretence.
Written by William Paul Bell
2009 September 26 at 11:35 pm
Posted in Economics
Tagged with consumerism, consumption, Cultural map, democracy, economics, economy, GDP, globalization, happiness, human rights, identity, ideology, Inglehart Welzel, OECD, physical security, policy targets, politics, power, quality of life, Sarkozy, science, self-expression, social progress, sociology, Sociology Compass, Stiglitz, well being, Wiley Economics Focus, wileyeconomicsfocus