Reporters gather to get a document with GDP details ahead of a press conference by China’s State Council Information Office in Beijing on January 17. Photo: EPA-EFE Reporters gather to get a document with GDP details ahead of a press conference by China’s State Council Information Office in Beijing on January 17. Photo: EPA-EFE
Reporters gather to get a document with GDP details ahead of a press conference by China’s State Council Information Office in Beijing on January 17. Photo: EPA-EFE
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

If GDP doesn’t add up, how is the world to measure well-being and progress?

  • The world’s fixation with GDP has been questioned since the 1970s by Bhutan, which started measuring Gross National Happiness instead. Maryland is counting truly precious items like leisure. How can Apec contribute to the discussion?

Reporters gather to get a document with GDP details ahead of a press conference by China’s State Council Information Office in Beijing on January 17. Photo: EPA-EFE Reporters gather to get a document with GDP details ahead of a press conference by China’s State Council Information Office in Beijing on January 17. Photo: EPA-EFE
Reporters gather to get a document with GDP details ahead of a press conference by China’s State Council Information Office in Beijing on January 17. Photo: EPA-EFE
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.