Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86679
Authors: 
Pillarisetti, J. Ram
van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 08-012/3
Abstract: 
What is a 'sustainable nation’ and how can we identify and rank ‘sustainable nations’? Are nations producing and consuming in a sustainable way? Aggregate indicators have been proposed to answer these questions. This paper quantitatively compares three aggregate indicators of sustainability: the World Bank’s ‘Genuine Savings’ measure, the ‘Ecological Footprint’ and the ‘Environmental Sustainability Index’. It is concluded that rankings of sustainable nations vary significantly among these indicators. Implications of this disagreement for analysis and policy are suggested.
Subjects: 
Adjusted Net Savings
Ecological Debt
Ecological Footprint
Environmental Sustainability Index
Genuine Savings
Sustainability
JEL: 
O1
Q2
Q28
F0
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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