Out of NatGat2: Metrics to consider for use by Occupy

This topic was a breakout discussion at the FemGA, at NatGat2 August 24, 2013.
Subject: Metrics to consider for use by Occupy
Proposal to use new metrics: From discussion group at Fem GA 8-24-13 NatGat2
We propose and support that we begin to use the results of alternate metrics to measure and help evaluate those things that we value. The alternative metrics can then be compared and contrasted with GDP to show a more accurate picture of where we the direction we are going.
Quoting from GPI information “We believe that if policymakers measure what really matters to people—health care, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being—economic policy would naturally shift towards sustainability.”
Current Metric used is GDP
GDP- GDP simply assumes that every monetary transaction adds to social well-being by definition. In this way, needless expenditures triggered by crime, accidents, toxic waste contamination, preventable natural disasters, prisons and corporate fraud count the same as socially productive investments in housing, education, healthcare, sanitation, or mass transportation. It is as if a business tried to assess its financial condition by simply adding up all “business activity,” thereby lumping together income and expenses, assets and liabilities.
Genuine progress indicator-
We believe that if policymakers measure what really matters to people—health care, safety, a clean environment, and other indicators of well-being—economic policy would naturally shift towards sustainability.
Redefining Progress created the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) in 1995 as an alternative to the gross domestic product (GDP). The GPI enables policymakers at the national, state, regional, or local level to measure how well their citizens are doing both economically and socially.
The GPI starts with the same personal consumption data that the GDP is based on, but then makes some crucial distinctions. It adjusts for factors such as income distribution, adds factors such as the value of household and volunteer work, and subtracts factors such as the costs of crime and pollution.
Because the GDP and the GPI are both measured in monetary terms, they can be compared on the same scale. Measurements that make up the GPI include:
Happy planet index-
The HPI measures what matters: the extent to which countries deliver long, happy, sustainable lives for the people that live in them. The Index uses global data on life expectancyexperienced well-being and Ecological Footprint to calculate this.
The index is an efficiency measure, it ranks countries on how many long and happy lives they produce per unit of environmental input.
The 2012 HPI report ranks 151 countries and is the third time the index has been published.
Gross National Happiness 
GNH, like the Genuine Progress Indicator, refers to the concept of a quantitative measurement of well-being and happiness. The two measures are both motivated by the notion that subjective measures like well-being are more relevant and important than more objective measures like consumption. It is not measured directly, but only the factors which are believed to lead to it.
Quality of life indicator-
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality-of-life index is based on a method that links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries. The index was calculated in 2005 and includes data from 111 countries and territories. The survey uses nine quality of life factors to determine a nation’s score.[1] They are listed below including the indicators used to represent these factors:
  1. Health: Life expectancy at birth (in years). Source: US Census Bureau
  2. Family life: Divorce rate (per 1,000 population), converted into index of 1 (lowest divorce rates) to 5 (highest). Sources: UN;Euromonitor
  3. Community life: Variable taking value 1 if country has either high rate of church attendance or trade-union membership; zero otherwise. Source: World Values Survey
  4. Material well being: GDP per person, at PPP in $. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
  5. Political stability and security: Political stability and security ratings. Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
  6. Climate and geography: Latitude, to distinguish between warmer and colder climates. Source: CIA World Factbook
  7. Job security: Unemployment rate (%.) Source: Economist Intelligence Unit
  8. Political freedom: Average of indexes of political and civil liberties. Scale of 1 (completely free) to 7 (unfree). Source: Freedom House
  9. Gender equality: Measured using ratio of average male and female earnings. Source:

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