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Statistics: Experts to continue work of Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on measuring progress


28/05/2013 - A High Level Expert Group is to be set up to continue the work of the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission on Measuring Economic Performance and Social Progress.


Over the next three years the Group - to be attached to the OECD -  will review international projects on the measurement of well-being; connect measures and economic theory; commission analytical work on specific topics such as  inequalities and sustainability; review achievements and identify gaps. The Group’s work will contribute to inform the OECD’s own work in the area of measuring well-being and progress.


In its influential 2009 report, the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission gave strong momentum to the development of better metrics of well-being and progress and since then, many initiatives have been taken at national and international levels. Drawing on this initiative and building on more than 10 years of work on measuring the progress of societies, the OECD launched its Better Life Initiative on the occasion of the Organisation’s 50th Anniversary in 2011.  


The  High Level Expert Group brings together an independent group of members of international standing with relevant experience in the field of well-being and progress measurement. These include: Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Prize in economics, Professor, Columbia University; Jean-Paul Fitoussi, Professeur émérite, Sciences-Po Paris; Angus S. Deaton, Professor, Princeton University; Martine Durand, OECD Chief Statistician; Jil Matheson, UK National Statistician; Thomas Piketty, Professor, Paris School of Economics; Walter Radermacher, Director-General, Eurostat; and Arthur A. Stone, Professor, Psychiatry and Psychology Departments, Stony Brook University.


For further details or to request an interview journalists should contact the OECD’s Media Division, (Tel: +33 1 45 24 97 00).


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