Recent and Future Developments Related to 'GDP and Beyond'

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Walter Radermacher

European Union - European Commission

Date Written: March 2015


Progress of societies? Well‐being of citizens? Trans‐generational impact of policies? To answer such fundamental questions and much more, the European Commission published, in August 2009, its Communication on “GDP and Beyond: Measuring Progress in a Changing World.” Through a co‐operative project, co‐chaired by Eurostat and INSEE (France), the ESS acted decisively and established an action plan to be carried out by 2020 in the context of the European Statistical Programme. This plan which also builds on Eurostat's work on Sustainable Development Indicators. For most of these actions, work has either been accomplished or is in good progress. Further challenges lie ahead, including reconciling macro‐ and micro‐data sources on household economic resources and completing the indicators set on Quality‐of‐Life. The work will also contribute to the global efforts on the Sustainable Development Goals/post‐2015 development agenda.

Keywords: European Statistical Programme, Quality‐of‐Life, Sustainable Development Goals

JEL Classification: I31, O47

Suggested Citation

Radermacher, Walter, Recent and Future Developments Related to 'GDP and Beyond' (March 2015). Review of Income and Wealth, Vol. 61, Issue 1, pp. 18-24, 2015, Available at SSRN: or

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