The Wealth Project

On Monday & Tuesday I attended an absolutely terrific conference, The Wealth Project, which is about “changing how we measure economic progress,” to quote the conference strapline. The aim is to develop concepts and measures of different kinds of wealth so that policies and decisions take due account of the future potential for consumption and well-being, as well as the short term. This has been a preoccupation of mine since at least writing The Economics of Enough as well as my GDP book. The Wealth Project will produce a book around the end of 2016 or start of next year.

Meanwhile, it’s always interesting to see what books people cite at conferences. This week I noted: C.A.Bayly, The Birth of the Modern World; David Hume, A Treatise on Human Nature; Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation; Dieter Helm, Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet. I referred back to the recent crop of GDP books and the Inspector Chen novel featuring GDP growth as villain.

The Birth of the Modern World, 1780-1914: Global Connections and Comparisons (Blackwell History of the World)  A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental Method of Reasoning into Moral Subjects (Penguin Classics)  Natural Capital: Valuing the Planet by Dieter Helm (2015-05-01)