The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, has asked a panel of economists, including Joseph Stiglitz, to come up with new measures of the quality of life as an alternative to the more traditional measures of GDP and production. He believes that traditional GDP measures understate the developments that have taken place in France.
|1.||Explain why traditional GDP measures may not be a good measure of the standard of living.|
|2.||Define what is meant by an Index of Sustainable Welfare.|
|3.||Use the ‘Make your own ISEW‘ on the Friends of the Earth web site to assess the factors that make the most difference to the standard of living.|