Green economy  |  Events  |  15.10.2012

From (un)economic growth to future well-being

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU) are organising a two-day conference that will look into why the existing model of economic growth measured by GDP is in crisis in developed economies and how public services can contribute to increasing well-being.

Date: 15th and 16th of October 2012
Venue: Maison des Associations Internationales, Rue Washigton 40, Brussels
Language: English

Questions that will be addressed in the conferences:

  • Why is it that despite strong economic growth in the last 30 years, feelings of happiness and well-being have not increased in Western societies?  
  • Can we provide a better measure of the value-added of good public services and long-term public investments to accurately reflect their contribution to social progress?   
  • What role can public services play in mitigating inequality in the context of a new well-being-based view of progress?
  • How should society define the targets for new well-being-based economic policies?   
  • How can we integrate the negative impact of (un)economic growth into our societal measures of progress and well-being?
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