Work programme


The HLEG has agreed to put in place a three-year work programme that will cover four substantive areas in the field of measuring economic performance and social progress:

  • Income and Wealth Inequality (Theme I)
  • Multidimensional and Global Inequalities (Theme II)
  • Multidimensional Subjective Well-Being (Theme III)
  • Sustainability (Theme IV)

Theme I: Income and Wealth Inequality

Methodological and empirical work will be pursued with the goal to paving the way towards the creation of Distributional National Accounts (DINA).

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A workshop on "Measuring Inequalities of Income and Wealth", hosted by Bertelsmann Stiftung, was held in Berlin, Germany on 15-16 September 2015.   

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Theme II: Multidimensional and Global Inequalities

The initial focus of the work will be on multi-dimensional inequalities including: economic insecurity, socio-economic mobility, health inequalities and measures of children’s deprivation and poverty.  

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A workshop on "Inequality of Opportunity", sponsored by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, was held in Paris, France on 14 January 2015.

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Theme III: Multi-Dimensional Subjective Well-Being

The focus will be on reviewing recent OECD and US National Academy of Science reports on measuring subjective well-being; constructing a dashboard of subjective well-being indicators; pursuing research on the correlates of subjective well-being; and working on policy uses of subjective well-being.

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A workshop on "Multidimensional Subjective Well-Being", was organised in collaboration with the International Herbert A. Simon Society and Collegio Carlo Alberto, and with the support of Compagnia di San Paolo, in Turin, Italy on 30-31 October 2014. 

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Theme IV: Sustainability

Work will focus on achieving greater clarity on the advantages and limitations of the “Capital Approach” in measuring sustainability. Work will also be undertaken in the areas of environmental capital, human capital, social capital and economic capital.

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A workshop on "Intra-generational and Inter-generational Sustainability", hosted by Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance and the Bank of Italy, and sponsored by SAS, was held on 22-23 September 2014 in Rome, Italy.

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A workshop on "Measuring Economic, Social and Environmental Resilience", hosted by Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance, supported by the Bank of Italy and Istat, and sponsored by SAS, will be held on 25-26 November in Rome, Italy

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Functioning of HLEG

Two or more Thematic Workshops will be organised each year to cover in detail the issues raised by the work programme for the four themes. The Workshops will gather experts in relevant fields, based on the suggestions by the theme co-ordinator and members.

The HLEG will meet once a year in a plenary meeting. During the plenary, the Group will discuss advancement on the four themes with a focus on the outcomes of the Thematic Workshops organised in the course of the year.

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The HLEG will produce reports summarising the main outcomes of the Thematic Workshops. An overall, synthesis report will be produced by the end of a three-year period.

No additional reports are envisaged. Selected researchers will be invited to present their work at the Thematic Workshops.


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