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 Genuine Progress Indicator - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is a concept in green economics and welfare economics that has been suggested as a replacement metric for gross domestic product (GDP) as a metric of economic growth.
Most economists assess the progress in welfare of the people in a country over time by comparing the gross domestic product over time, that is, by adding up the annual dollar value of all the goods and services produced within the country over successive years.
The need for a GPI to replace biased indicators such as GDP was highlighted by analyses of uneconomic growth in the 1980s notably that of Marilyn Waring who studied biases in the UN System of National Accounts. /wiki/Genuine_Progress_Indicator

 Research : University of Vermont
Estimates of the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for Vermont, Chittenden County, and Burlington, from 1950 to 2000
They need metrics that go beyond the standard economic indicators like gross domestic product (GDP), but they also need indicators that can bring all of the disparate economic, environmental and social elements into a common framework and tell them whether they are making real, net progress. /giee/gpi.htm

 IA 25 Whose Progress
The ABS sees the environment as one of the three basic 'domains' on which 'progress' should be measured, and it devotes six headline indicators to it-but polls suggest that just 4% of Australians regard the environment as their first priority, and just 9% list it as one of their three main priorities.
In the coming months and years, it is likely to come under sustained pressure to include more and more indicators of 'progress', most of which will overlook the benefits of economic growth and will reflect values detrimental to the spirit of capitalism and free enterprise.
Environmental measures of 'progress' figure heavily in the list-six of the 15 dimensions are to do with 'sustainable development' and deterioration of the natural environment (biodiversity, land clearance, land degradation, inland waters, air quality and greenhouse gases). /IssueAnalysis/ia25/IA25.htm

 EQB: Sustainable Development Initative, Minnesota Progress Indicators
Based on Minnesota Milestones goals, the progress indicator is a set of 42 economic, environmental and community measures that collectively provide a more realistic and comprehensive way to gauge the state's progress toward smart growth and sustainable development.
The Minnesota progress indicator is based on the belief that Minnesota's economy can be healthy in the long run only if its environment and communities are healthy.
A detailed assessment of measures comprising the progress indicator is discussed in An Assessment of Progress Indicators. /SDI/progressind.html

 Is National Well-being Declining? New Measure of Economic Growth
The Genuine Progress Indicator has been developed internationally as a substitute for GDP (Gross Domestic Product) as a measure of changes in national welfare.
The GPI results indicate that continued growth in Australia is relying ever more heavily on the run-down of our stocks of built, social and natural capital.
GDP is more than just an approximate measure of changes in a nation’s economic performance, it has become a holy grail the pursuit of which has been used to justify all sorts of sacrifices. /MediaReleases_Files/MediaReleases/MRGPI121200.htm

 Genuine Progress Indicator
GPI Atlantic - Genuine Progress Index for Atlantic Canada Non-profit research group developing an index for measuring sustainable development for Nova Scotia, integrating social, economic, and environmental variables.
Progress Performance FAQ A detailed document on administering and using the Progress database.
Duniho and Duniho Life Pattern Indicator (DDLI) An advanced, downloadable test that measures for the same 16 psychological types as the Keirsey-Bates Temperament Sorter and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. /encyclopedia/article-Genuine_Progress_Indicator.html

 Genuine Progress Indicator
The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) is a new measure of the economic well-being of the nation from 1950 to present.
One of the first efforts at improving the conventionel measure of progress is the Genuine Progress Indicator, described briefly below.
Since its introduction during World War II as a measure of wartime production capacity, the Gross National Product (since changed to Gross Domestic Product -- GDP) has become the nation's foremost indicator of economic progress. /~sustain1/Question/GPI.html

 The Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development
Genuine progress was considerably different than years of torrid economic growth.
Some 32 years after Simon Küznets' lament, Redefining Progress was established to address the challenge Küznets posed.
The architects of the GDP- John Maynard Keynes (U.K.) and Simon Küznets (U.S.) - did caution against using GDP as a measure of the welfare of a nation. /publications_item.asp?id=58

 The Genuine Progress Indicator Shows Continued Decline in Quality of Life
Redefining Progress, a San Francisco-based public policy organization, recently released its update on the Genuine Progress Indicator, or GPI, an alternative to the GDP that better reflects the way most people interact with economic forces.
According to the recent report by Redefining Progress, "Why Bigger Isn't Better: The Genuine Progress Indicator 1999 Update," the economy everyday people experience is continuing a downward trend as we confront the new millennium despite the growing GDP.
Endorsed by Nobel laureates and some of the nation's top economists as an essential step toward more realistic accounts, the Genuine Progress Indicator explains why many Americans feel the "boom" has passed them by. /news/print.cgi?sfArticleId=117

 Redefining Progress
Redefining Progress is a nonpartisan organization based in Oakland, Calif., that works to shift the economy and public policy towards sustainability. /redefiningprogress/home.html

 Sustainability Signals
In 1995, Redefining Progress created a new measure of progress called the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI).
For years, economists, policymakers, reporters, and the public have relied on the GDP as a shorthand indicator of progress.
Alberta's Pembina Institute is undertaking a similar project in that province, noting that while Alberta's GDP grew more than 400 percent from 1961 to 1999, the GPI was highest in the 1960s then fell 0.5 percent a year, reaching a low in 1998. /signals/gpi.html

 #518 (10/31/96): Social Health
The social indicators that worsened over the same period were children in poverty; child abuse; teen suicide; unemployment; average weekly wages; health insurance coverage; out-of-pocket health costs for those over 65; homicide; alcohol-related highway deaths; housing; and the gap between rich and poor.
In 1993, six of the indicators --children in poverty; child abuse; health insurance coverage; average weekly earnings; out-of-pocket health costs for those over 65; and the gap between rich and poor --reached their worst recorded levels.
We believe it is very important to begin to measure progress and social health at the state and local levels.[7] If we use false measures, like GDP, or no measures at all, we can be duped and misled by the good news industry, which makes its living selling optimistic pap. /rachel/r518.html

 GPI Atlantic - A Genuine Progress Index (GPI) to Measure Sustainability
The Genuine Progress Index is an alternative to the practice of equating progress with economic growth alone.
About Us GPI Atlantic is a non-profit research organization, founded in 1997, committed to the development of the Genuine Progress Index (GPI) - a new measure of sustainability, wellbeing and quality of life consisting of 22 social, economic and environmental components.
Inspiration for this project came from the ground-breaking work of Redefining Progress which produced the first GPI in the United States in 1995.

 Definition of Genuine Progress Index
A Genuine Progress Indicator might include other positive and negative variables like the value of volunteer work, or the welfare losses through high pollution, a high crime rate or an inequal income distribution in its index to better reflect the true welfare of a country's citizens.
The GPI or Genuine Progress Indicator is a measure for the development of a country.
While GDP and PPP GDP are the most common indicators for economic growth and development, none of these give a true reflection of the state of a country's level of "development" in every sense. /definition/Genuine_Progress_Index

 Smart Communities Network: Measuring Progress Articles/Publications
Redefining Progress also offers a 1999 Community Indicators Case Study in PDF and The Community Indicators Handbook, a 1997 publication is available for purchase, that draws on the experience of dozens of projects around the United States, and presents how-to's and resources for tailoring an indicator project to the specific needs of a community.
Describes sustainable community indicators as a theoretical and practical framework for defining the meaning of a sustainable community and for measuring progress towards that goal.
Measuring Community Progress inventories community and state initiatives in the use of sustainability indicators. /measuring/mparttoc.shtml

 Regional Progress More GPI
The Bay Area's Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) was $16,974 per capita in 2000, $7,500 greater than the national GPI average.
The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) measures economic well-being and was developed to address some of the major short-comings of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and its regional corollary, Gross Regional Product (GRP).
GPI is not an anti-growth measure of the economy, it is a composite indicator of numerous factors related to the collective well-being of the regions economy. /more_ca_bayarea.html

 The Genuine Progress Indicator
The Genuine Progress Indicator was developed to demonstrate that both of these obstacles can be overcome.
THE GENUINE PROGRESS INDICATOR: a barometer of economic health
If economic indicators provide no feedback regarding matters crucial to human health and well-being, these matters will continue to be undermined by misguided politics. /pirm/genuine.htm

 How to Save the World
The Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) starts with those the value of personal economic activity that is relevant to well-being.
Investigative reporting, not a progressive viewpoint, is what will bring these stations their audience and the influx of funding from average Americans of all political stripes.
We need to build a network of television and radio stations and newspapers that are nation-wide and funded by an independent public foundation. /0002007/2004/11/29.html

 Genuine Progress Indicator Rose Slightly in 2000 - Alternative Economic Measure Still Below GDP
The GPI is an alternative measure of economic progress and well-being developed as a critique of the traditionally used GDP.
While the GDP has many useful functions, Redefining Progress argues that it is a poor tool for evaluating the United States' economic health.
"If our political leaders focus solely on trying to spark GDP growth they risk exacerbating the negative social and environmental costs that the GPI measures but the GDP ignores," said Redefining Progress Communications and Government Relations Director Craig Cheslog. /ColdFusion/News_Page1.cfm?NewsID=19002

 Redefining Progress
Redefining Progress continues to push for climate policies that are environmentally effective, economically beneficial, and socially equitable.
In California, Redefining Progress is providing climate policy briefings and analysis to the States' executive and legislative branches.
Hosted by Redefining Progress, EJCC is a national coalition of organizations working to drive the creation and implementation of just climate policies.

 Gross Progress Indicator
At Redefining Progress we have developed a new system of measurement, the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), which is a measure of the general well-being and sustainability of the nation.
For more information on the Genuine Progress Indicator, contact Redefining Progress, 1 Kearny Street, 4th Floor; San Francisco, CA 94108 (415) 781-1191.
Since its introduction during World War II as a measure of military production, Gross National Product (GNP) has become the foremost indicator of national progress, and its increase has become the foremost priority of national governments. /Reforming_System/GNP_GPI.html

 Evolutionary Economics - And now, the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)
Redefining Progress has developed an economic indicator that attempts to get much closer to the economic reality that people experience.
Many more 'social satisfaction indicators' have been devised and one of them will probably emerge as the most useful one when considering the increasing stresses of daily living and working.
Aside from marginally increased scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission, much of the economic activity surrounding Enron and other corporate fraud is considered positive in a leading measure of economic progress, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). /KSH-Postings-Econ/365.html

 Regional Progress - Genuine Progress Indicator and Ecological Footprint
Redefining Progress’ primary measures of sustainability are the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) and the Ecological Footprint.
If your region or community is interested in learning more about how to measure its progress toward sustainability or if you’ve completed a regional indicators project and would like us to add a link to your information, please contact Redefining Progress at
We would like to thank the Ford Foundation and The San Francisco Foundation for their generous support of this project and Amber Wilkins and Christina Maynard for their design contributions.

 Links to conferences, projects, NGOs
The U.S. Genuine Progress Indicator (Cobb, Halstead and Rowe 1994, and Rowe and Anielski 1998), and the Index for Sustainable Economic Welfare (Daly and Cobb, 1989 and Cobb and Cobb, 1994) have gained increasing attention as new monetary measures and accountancy of the welfare and sustainability of nations.
The Paper deal with how modified national income accounts, using the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) or the ISEW (Index for Sustainable Economic Welfare), might be used to manage for the sustainable well-being of societies.
Composite indices, for the non-monetary SPI indicators for each of the themes could be derived for each of the theme accounts or a composite Sustainable Progress Index could be calculated by aggregating indicators from all three themes. /GD2004/2004WorkAnielski.htm

 Resource: Genuine Progress Indicator Report
It descibes the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), which is a comprehensive measure of well-being in the United States that incorporates environmental and social factors into the traditional government indicator, gross domestic product (GDP).
Research by Redefining Progress (RP), an Oakland, California-based public policy organization, helps to reveal quantifiable social, economic and ecological costs of economic growth.
The GPI also factors in the degree to which the US, instead of living off the yearly "interest" produced by abundant natural assets (a steady but limited supply of trees, fish, clean air, fresh water, etc.), is, in specific cases, depleting nature's principal. /res_detail.cfm?id=358&xx=Business

 Quality of Life Indicators
Redefining Progress tracks innovative quality of life indicators at the community level and has also developed a national measure of quality of life, the Genuine Progress Indicator.
The movement to gather indicators of community health, sustainability and quality of life is a vital part of building a co-intelligent culture.
Starting in the 1970's, more and more communities realized that so-called economic indicators -- like Gross Domestic Product, employment statistics, average family income, etc. -- could be high or rising, while the quality of life experienced by people could be quite low. /P-qualtylifeindicators.html

 Redefining Progress: Projects: Genuine Progress Indicator: 1998 Update (Executive Summary)
In 1994, Redefining Progress developed a new yardstick, the Genuine Progress Indicator, or GPI, to begin to measure the performance of the economy as it actually affects people's lives.
Mark Anielski, a Senior Fellow at Redefining Progress, is the executive director of the Centre for Performance Management and Measurement at the University of Alberta.
There has been progress in a few categories, such as a reduction in the costs associated with air pollution and crime. /projects/gpi/updates/gpi1998_execsum.html

 U.S. Newswire : Release : Nation's Economic Health Overstated by $7 Trillion; Genuine Progress Indicator Tells the Real Story
Redefining Progress, a 501(c)3, non-profit organization is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2004.
In February 2004, Redefining Progress calculated the first- ever Regional GPI for the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.
RP works with a broad array of partners to shift the economy and public policy towards sustainability. /printing.asp?id=27373

 New World Vision - Genuine Progress Inicator
Sustainable Seattle, for example, is internationally known for its indicator model, which uses a list of 40 cultural, ecological, economic and social indicators to assess progress toward sustainability.
Yet for years, economists, policymakers, reporters, and the public have relied on the GDP as a shorthand indicator of progress.
Like the GPI, these indicators are a way of measuring the health of a community; they do not measure the success of a particular policy or program. /genuine.html

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