Going Beyond GDP with a Parsimonious Indicator: Inequality-Adjusted Healthy Lifetime Income
17 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020
Per capita GDP has limited use as a well-being indicator because it does not capture many dimensions that imply a "good life," such as health and equality of opportunity. However, per capita GDP has the virtues of easy interpretation and can be calculated with manageable data requirements. Against this backdrop, a need exists for a measure of well-being that preserves the advantages of per capita GDP, but also includes health and equality. We propose a new parsimonious indicator to fill this gap and calculate it for 149 countries.
Keywords: beyond GDP, well-being, health, inequality, human development, lifetime income
JEL Classification: I31, I15, D63, O10, E01
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