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ERIC Number: ED510622
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 94
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
The State of Society: Measuring Economic Success and Human Well-Being
de Leon, Erwin; Boris, Elizabeth T.
Urban Institute (NJ1)
This report was commissioned by the Center for Partnership Studies (CPS) to explore progress toward national indicators that measure both human well-being and economic success. These two measurements are interconnected, particularly as society moves further into the postindustrial knowledge and information age where economic success heavily depends on investment in human capacity development. In this study, the authors provide an overview of a broad range of existing measures that go beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to offer a more complete and accurate picture of how a society and its economy are faring. Particular attention is given to data still generally marginalized on the economic and social status of the majority of every society--women and children--and to how this correlates with both a nation's quality of life and its economic success. Based on a review of the literature and an analysis of major arguments and rationales for moving beyond GDP as a measure of national well-being, this report identifies 14 categories of national well-being. The 14 categories are: poverty, health, education, employment, income and wealth, shelter, natural environment, political participation, civil society, economic participation, human rights, national stability and sustainability, family well-being, and personal well-being. Appended are: (1) Reports Assessed in the Study; (2) Categories and Indicators of Well-Being from Reports Assessed in the Study; and (3) Indicators from Surveyed Reports. (Contains 15 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Institute, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy