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Sustainability and the measurement of wealth: further reflections

Kenneth Arrow, Partha Dasgupta, Lawrence H. Goulder, Kevin Mumford () and Kirsten Oleson

Environment and Development Economics, 2013, vol. 18, issue 04, 504-516

Abstract: The June 2012 issue of Environment and Development Economics published a symposium with considerable focus on our paper, ‘Sustainability and the measurement of wealth’. The Symposium also contained five articles in which other researchers offered valuable comments on our paper. The present note replies to those comments. It clarifies important issues and reveals how important questions relating to sustainability analysis can be fruitfully addressed within our framework. These include questions about the treatment of time, the use of shadow prices and the treatment of transnational externalities. This note also offers new theoretical results that help substantiate our earlier empirical finding that the value of human health is something very different from the value of the consumption permitted by health and survival.

Date: 2013
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