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International progress in measuring wellbeing

Interview with Professor Enrico Giovannini, formerly Chief Statistician of the OECD

In this video, we talk to Enrico Giovannini, professor of economic statistics at the University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, to look further into some of the issues around measuring wellbeing at country level.

Between 2001 and 2009 Prof Giovannini was Chief Statistician and Director of the Statistics Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As Chief Statistician he designed and implemented a thorough reform of the statistical system of the organization and launched the Global Project on the Measurement of Progress in Societies, which fostered the setting up of numerous worldwide initiatives that try to go ‘beyond GDP’.

Would you agree that significant progress has been made in assessing wellbeing in a country more widely? Do you think that a more comprehensive wellbeing measure will ever replace GDP or similar economic output indicators as the most important headline that governments look at?

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