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The New Economics Foundation is the UK's leading think tank promoting social, economic and environmental justice. Our purpose is to bring about a Great Transition – to transform the economy so that it works for people and the planet.
NEF's mission is to kick-start the move to a new economy through big ideas and fresh thinking. We do this through
High quality, ground-breaking research that shows what is wrong with the current economy and how it can be better Demonstrating the power of our ideas by putting them into action Working with other organisations in the UK and across the world, to build a movement for economic change
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The new Happy Planet Index (HPI) results show the extent to which 151 countries across the globe produce long, happy and sustainable lives for the people that live in them. The overall index scores rank countries based on their efficiency, how many long and happy lives each produces per unit of environmental output.
The 2012 HPI report ranks 151 countries and is the third time the index has been published. - See more at: http://www.happyplanetindex.org/about/#sthash.OV0vj9zX.dpuf
Illustrative inequality adjustments CSV
Illustrates how HPI rank of each country would change if within-country inequality in life expectancy and well-being are taken into account. Inquality Adjusted Well-being Geometric mean of individual responses to the Ladder of Life question in the Gallup World Poll. Latest data for each country as at February 2012. Inquality AdjustedLife Expectancy 2011 data taken from UNDP Human Development Report 2011. Footprint 2008 data taken from Global Footprint Network for 142 countries. nef estimates for 9 countries (see report appendix for further details). For further information about the inquality adjustments, data sources and calculation methodology, please see the Appendix of the report. Please cite as follows: Abdallah S, Michaelson J, Shah S, Stoll L, Marks N (2012) The Happy Planet Index: 2012 Report. A global index of sustainable well-being (nef: London) centre for well-being new economics foundation 3 Jonathan Street, London, SE11 5NH t: 020 7820 6300 e: email@example.com
Well-being Arithmetic mean of individual responses to the Ladder of Life question in the Gallup World Poll. Latest data for each country as at February 2012. Life Expectancy 2011 data taken from UNDP Human Development Report 2011 Footprint 2008 data taken from Global Footprint Network for 142 countries. nef estimates for 9 countries (see report appendix for further details). Population 2010 data sourced from World Bank World Development Indicators Governance Rank of the simple average of all six World Governance Indicators countries based on latest data available for each on 02 June 2012. GDP per capita Taken from World Bank World Development Indicators 2010 ($PPP Current prices). For Bahrain, Iran, Libya, Djibouti and Qatar, Cuba, Kuwait and Zimbabwe 2010 data were not available, so the most upto date WDI data available were used. For further information about the data sources and calculation methodology, please see the Appendix of the report. #####Please cite as follows: Abdallah S, Michaelson J, Shah S, Stoll L, Marks N (2012) The Happy Planet Index: 2012 Report. A global index of sustainable well-being (nef: London) centre for well-being new economics foundation 3 Jonathan Street, London, SE11 5NH t: 020 7820 6300 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Through the website, the scores for the HPI and the component measures can be viewed in map or table-form. By clicking on any individual country in the map or table you can explore its results in more detail.
The Happy Planet Index: 2012 reportPDF
A global index of sustainable well-being
Happy Planet Index results, 2009XLS
Happy Planet Index results, 2006XLS
2016 Happy Planet Index rankings and respective country scores
Happy Planet Index: 2016 Report PDF
Happy Planet Index report
Happy Planet Index: 2016 Methods PDF
Methods used to determine indexes
- HPI 2012XLSX
This report proposes five new headline indicators of national success for the UK. Our aim is to realign policy priorities with those of the public, building a stronger, more balanced economy. Drawing from the latest international research on indicator design, and consultation with experts and organisations across the UK, we have proposed five headline indicators of national success, including: Good jobs, Wellbeing, Environment, Fairness and Health. Better headline indicators are essential for better policymaking. By using them to guide policy decisions, rather than assuming economic growth will automatically translate into other benefits, we can build an economy better suited to the needs of the individuals, communities and businesses it serves. We now call on the ONS to go further, adopting and refining these new headline indicators, and giving them highest priority in their schedule of regular data releases. Implementing the five new headline indicators in this way will usher in a new, more rounded, smarter approach to policy making – one which moves beyond a short-term obsession with narrow economic measures and our current, flawed conception of national success. With this change of approach we can continue to build a modern, dynamic economy that meets the needs and aspirations of the whole country.
Five headline indicators of national success - full reportPDF
Briefing paper - Five headline indicators of national successPDF
A 4-page briefing paper which summarises the key messages of the report
Methods paper - Five headline indicators of national successPDF
A more detailed methods paper, which describes the selection process taken to identify indicators and issues to include in the set of headline indicators, and how the indicator values were calculated
- Five headline indicators of national success - full reportPDF
National Accounts of Well-being offer countries a chance to re-think the way they define success and work to improve the lives their citizens. In particular they offer: A new way of assessing societal progress. National Accounts of Well-being, by explicitly capturing how people feel and experience their lives, help to redefine our notions of national progress, success and what we value as a society. A cross-cutting and more informative approach to policy-making. The challenges now facing policy-makers, including the ‘triple crunch’ of financial crisis, climate change and oil price shocks, are unprecedented. Silo working has long been criticised; now – when the need for systemic change is clear and present – it must be overcome. National Accounts of Well-being – by capturing population well-being across areas of traditional policy-making,and looking beyond narrow, efficiency-driven economic indicators – provide policy-makers with a better chance of understanding the real impact of their decisions on people’s lives. Better engagement between national governments and the public. By resonating with what people care about, National Accounts of Well-being provide opportunities for national governments to reconnect with their citizens and, in doing so, to address the democratic deficit now facing many European nations.
National Accounts of Well-being websiteHTML
National Accounts of Well-being: bringing real wealth onto the balance sheetPDF
National accounts well-being scoresXLS
Country scores for each of the National Accounts of Well-being indicators in standardised units
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