Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thought you might be interested Thursday: Well-Being, economics and policy

On February 4, the DC Environmental Network (DCEN) held the event "DCEN Networking Event: Beyond GNP? What Well-Being Can Contribute to Economics & Policy."   The purpose of the event was to consider a new way of looking at, thinking about the intersection of well-being, happiness, economics, and public policy.

Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow in Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution and Professor at the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, played a leading role at the event.   She briefed attendees on the emerging trend of measuring happiness and its role in economic progress.

At the meeting, DCEN announced it

will be launching a new campaign to convince the DC government to start its own well-being index project. We believe this approach could show policy makers more clearly how incorporating sustainability principles into decision making may be a more effective strategy for creating happy and healthy communities in the District of Columbia.

Review Graham's presentation (PDF).

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