Green National Accounting: Why and How?
Geir B. Asheim
University of Oslo - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)
CES Working Papers No. 156
The present paper gives an overview of the theory of green national accounting. Three purposes of green national accounting (measurement of sustainable income, social welfare, or net social profit) and two measures (Green NNP and Hicksian income) are considered. It is argued that sustainable income and social welfare correspond to different purposes. Under the assumption of no exogenous technological progress, Green NNP is shown to equal Hicksian income if there is a constant interest rate or if consumption is constant. It is established as a general result that sustainable income is smaller than or equal to Hicksian income, which in turn is smaller than or equal to social welfare, while Green NNP is smaller than or equal to social welfare under no exogenous technological progress and a constant utility discount rate. Green NNP is shown to measure gross social profit rather than net social profit.
JEL Classification: Q28, Q38working papers series
Date posted: March 23, 1998
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