Rockin' in the Free World

Media Type: Music Topic: Income & Poverty, Jobs & Unemployment

Neil Young

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Economists use GDP to measure the total production in an economy. Sometimes GDP is used as a measure of well-being. However, as Neil Young points out, GDP is not a perfect measure of well being. For example, it is not adjusted for inequality (the homeless man), crime (a kinder, gentler, machine gun hand), and pollution (Styrofoam boxes for the ozone layer). What other factors affect our well being but are not calculated in GDP? If we included these other factors that affect our well being, does GDP over estimate or underestimate our well being?

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