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What's wrong with GDP as a measure of progress, and how do we fix it?

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Tuesday 27 February 2018, 06:30pm - 07:45pm

Location Lecture Theatre A - University Place, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, is the nation’s headline economic indicator, and often used shorthand as a measure of progress. But GDP has been criticised for many things – not taking environmental degradation, household work or inequality into account. Some also argue that GDP is struggling to capture the more intangible ‘Google’ economy that we now inhabit.

Can GDP be improved to make it a better measure of national progress? Or do we need to get rid of it entirely and replace with something else?

This joint public event run by the Royal Statistical Society and the University of Manchester brings together a leading panel of experts to discuss these questions:

- Professor Diane Coyle (Professor of Economics at The University of Manchester)
- Professor Jonathan Haskel (Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School)
- David Pilling (Africa editor of the Financial Times and author of the new book ‘The Growth Delusion’)
- Claudia Wells (Assistant Director at the Office for National Statistics)
- Hetan Shah (Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society) (Chair)
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