September 28, 2016
Call for Papers IARIW-BOK Conference on “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being,” April 26-28, 2017, Seoul, KoreaCall for Papers: IARIW-BOK Conference on “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being,” April 26-28, 2017, Seoul, Korea The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and the Bank of Korea invite submissions for an international conference entitled “Beyond GDP: Past Experiences and Future Challenges in the Measurement of Economic Well-being” that will take place in Seoul, Korea April 26-28, 2017. The objective of this conference is to advance the debate on the measurement of economic well-being measurement, both at the macro and micro levels, through an examination of past experiences and the identification of future challenges. Papers are invited that contribute to a discussion of the following issues, among others:
- Do objective and subjective indicators of well-being show the same patterns across groups and over time and if not, what can account for these differences?
- Should the measurement of well-being be based on the extension of the SNA or are other approaches needed? If the former path forward is more appropriate what SNA-based enhancements would provide useful information on well-being developments?
- How can income and wealth inequality considerations be best integrated into well- being measurement?
- How can well-being metrics and frameworks capture challenges to the sustainability of living standards from, for example, an ageing population, and to the sustainability of ecosystems from greenhouse gases?
- What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of composite measures of well-being versus dashboards of indicators in shedding light on well-being trends or cross-national differences?
- Can statistical sources at the individual or household level (sample surveys, administrative archives) cope with the challenges posed by the collection of diverse data on the multiple dimensions of well-being (income, health, social connections, etc.)?
- What are the conceptual issues raised by multidimensional measurement of well-being? Which solutions have been adopted in the past about the selection and weighting of dimensions, the indicator metrics, and statistical indices?
- What are the implications for policy-making of shifting the focus from GDP to alternative measures of well-being? Does this raise new challenges in terms of communication to the general public?