October 5, 2010

Berlin Lunchtime Meeting

Measuring Well-being and the Progress of Societies - New Initiatives

Date

October 5, 2010
12:00 - 14:00

Location

Schumpeter Saal
DIW Berlin im Quartier 110
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin
Martine Durand, Director OECD Statistics

Comment: Roland Zieschank, Free University

Chair: Heino von Meyer, Head, OECD Berlin Centre

“Is life getting better?” GDP and its growth - key indicators widely used to assess economic performance - are increasingly questioned as meaningful measures of social welfare, prosperity and progress. Yet, sound statistics are essential for public trust in policy choices and communication. Relevant and reliable data are a prerequisite for evidence-based policy design, implementation and evaluation.

The Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi-Commission initiated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy as well as the EU initiative “GDP and beyond” have critically reviewed our current statistics and identified many shortcomings as well as areas for improvement. The Global Project on "Measuring the Progress of Societies"- hosted by the OECD and run in collaboration with other international and regional partners - seeks to develop statistics for measuring well-being and progress that reach beyond traditional approaches to GDP accounting.

Martine Durand was appointed Director of Statistics and Chief Statistician of the OECD in 2010. She oversees all of OECD’s statistical activities and is also responsible for OECD work on the measurement of well-being and the progress of societies. She was formerly Deputy-Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs. She held senior positions in the OECD Economics Directorate and was Deputy-Head of the OECD Secretary-General’s Private Office. Martine Durand graduated in mathematics, statistics and economics from the Paris VI University, the Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Comment: Joerg Maier-Ries, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

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Contact

Ralf Messer

Member of Service Department in the Communications Department