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ERIC Number: EJ786862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Environmentally Responsible Happy Nation Index: Towards an Internationally Acceptable National Success Indicator
Ng, Yew-Kwang
Social Indicators Research, v85 n3 p425-446 Feb 2008
Amidst increasing attention to happiness studies by economists, the New Economics Foundation launched in July 2006 the Happy Planet Index (Marks et al. 2006). This is the ratio of the average happy life years (HLY) to the per capita ecological footprint of the country concerned. HLY is in turn the product of the average happiness (or life satisfaction) index and the life expectancy index. Some essential revisions to this index are proposed to reach an internationally acceptable national success indicator that aims positively at long and happy lives but negatively at the external costs of environmental disruption. Hopefully, this "environmentally responsible happy nation index" will lead to some re-orientation of both the market and national governments towards something more fundamentally valuable.
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Language: English
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