, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 227–231 | Cite as

Beyond GDP and HDI: Shifting the focus from paradigms to politics

  • Salvatore Monni
  • Alessandro Spaventa


This article raises a simple question. In the debate between GDP and other indicators of well-being (e.g., MEW, HDI, GNH), it is forgotten that these are all external indicators that purport to privilege different goals as reflective of human welfare. The larger question is whether it is possible to shift the focus of policy from a battle between competing paradigms to a mechanism for eliciting information on well-being directly from the population.


GDP human development well-being 



We are very grateful to Giorgio Ruffolo for his precious contribution to the birth of this article that owes much to the discussions we had together and to his sharp insights. Naturally, all usual disclaimers apply.


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  • Salvatore Monni
  • Alessandro Spaventa

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