Economics of Sustainability

Economics of Sustainability

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Economics of sustainability is quite critical to understand the hurdles in attaining the sustainable development goals. In this episode we bring you a clear understanding on how a better score on an economic index like GDP does not necessarily translate into a good score of sustainability as well.

Course Description

The way we practice development is heavily influenced by the way we measure development. More or less since the end of WW2, we’ve been measuring it by Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but in this new world of sustainable development, is GDP the tool that will help us reach our goals? 

Learning Objectives

  • How effective is GDP at measuring sustainable development? 

  • Get introduced to Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) and its impact on assessing sustainable development.  

  • Comparing GPI and GDP, is GPI a better tool than GDP to measure sustainable development? 


Faculty SLX

Technology and globalisation are creating rapid and complex transformations. Our vision is to help societies adapt to this fast change, and to do it sustainably. We believe that education is the key to improving the state of the world and responsible use of technology is the lever we can use to bring education to not just students, but everyone, everywhere. Based in Switzerland, we are well positioned to access a large network of partners and collaborators from academia, industry and government. Although we are headquartered in Switzerland, our mission is global: We seek to do our part in changing the way the world thinks of education, as not just a tool, but a way of enriching lives.
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