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Intensive Speaker: Water Management
July 13, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Measuring Well-Being and Sustainability in the 21st Century
Across the world, scholars and policy-makers are recognizing in growing numbers that standard economic indicators, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), are not only delusive horizons for societies but broken compasses for policy. By attempting to measure well-being, they try to pinpoint the real drivers of human flourishing beyond income. By assembling the building blocks of sustainability, they engage in an even more daunting task: to understand how human well-being can endure, under severe ecological constraints. This endeavor matters for two simple and important reasons: (1) because un-measurability means invisibility, or, as the saying goes, “what is not measured is not managed,” and (2) because conversely, measuring is governing–indicators determine policies and actions. This presentation will explore our new economic world where well-being and sustainability matter so much more than “growth.”
About the Speaker
Éloi Laurent, PhD, is a Senior Economist at OFCE (Sciences-Po Center for Economic Research, Paris, France). He has a background in policy-making as a former aide in the French Parliament and for the French Prime Minister. He presently teaches at Sciences-Po, in the Stanford University Bing Overseas Program in Paris and in the Stanford University Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program. In the Fall of 2013, he was Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard University (Environmental Science and Public Policy concentration). In 2008-2009, he was an assistant to the Stiglitz Commission (Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress) and currently collaborates with the OECD and the French government to design and disseminate new indicators of well-being and sustainability at the national and territorial level. He holds a PhD in Macroeconomics (highest honors) and a Master’s degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine in International Economics and graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po (Political Science and Economics). In SEWSS 2015, Dr. Laurent teaches New indicators of Well-Being & Sustainability (CEE 171F, CEE 271F).