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Intervention de M. Paul Schreyer, Directeur de la Statistique, OCDE

Commission Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi : questions classiques relatives au PIB



Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission

  • Report in 3 parts
  • Classical GDP Issues deals with measuring material well-being in a system of national accounts
  • Quality of life deals with measuring other dimensions well-being
  • By way of introduction, a quick reminder about the nature of GDP
Classical GDP Issues - Material living standards

  • One dimension of well-being = material living standards
  • Classical GDP Issues in the report of the Commission deals with measuring material well-being in a system of national accounts
  • By way of introduction, a quick reminder about the nature of GDP
What GDP is …

  • GDP is:
   - A measure of aggregate economic activity
   - Captures market and some non-market activities
   - Measures the supply and demand of final products within ‘production boundaries
   - Directly linked to supply side and jobs
   - And correlated with many aspects of living standards, in particular in comparisons of very different groups of countries

…and what it is not

  • GDP is not:
   - A measure of current well-being – too many dimensions of well-being are not captured
   - A direct measure of living standards
   - A measure of sustainability of human activity of any kind

  • None of this is new and has long been recognised, first of all by national accountants
So what can be done?

  • Make more use of the wealth of existing measures in the national accounts
  • De-emphasise the role of the single indicator ‘GDP’
  • Supplant core national accounts with satellite accounts
  • Here are 5 more specific messages

Intervention de M. Paul Schreyer, Directeur de la Statistique, OCDE
Paul Schreyer
Poste actuel: Directeur de la Statistique, OCDE

1979 - 1986: PhD en Economie
1986 - 1988: Chercheur à l'Institut de recherche économique Ifo

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