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New Zealand’s well-being budget was based on a set of measures that include cultural identity, environment, income and consumption, and social connections. from www.shutterstock.com

The search for an alternative to GDP to measure a nation’s progress – the New Zealand experience

New analysis shows that if New Zealand replaced GDP with the Genuine Progress Indicator, which accounts for social and environmental costs, it would be only half as well off.
We care about more than economics when it comes to the polling booth. So why don’t governments listen? from www.shutterstock.com

It’s time to vote for happiness and well-being, not mere economic growth. Here’s why:

Countries around the world are taking society's happiness and well-being into account when formulating policy. So, why is Australia so focused on economics as the sole marker of progress?
Labor’s Chris Bowen says Australian workers are doing it tough. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

FactCheck: is wage growth at record lows?

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen said Australian wages growth is at record lows. Is that true?
Is this really the kind of society we want? zoomar

The happiness agenda makes for miserable policy

How happy do you feel today? How satisfied are you with your life? Do you think your life has any worth? These are the kind of questions increasingly put to survey respondents as academics and politicians…

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