Measuring the Immeasurable: A Survey of Sustainability Indices

  title={Measuring the Immeasurable: A Survey of Sustainability Indices},
  author={C. B{\"o}hringer and P. Jochem},
  journal={Ecological Economics},
  • C. Böhringer, P. Jochem
  • Published 2007
  • Economics
  • Ecological Economics
  • Sustainability indices for countries provide a one-dimensional metric to valuate country-specific information on the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, environmental, and social conditions. At the policy level, they suggest an unambiguous yardstick against which a country’s development can be measured and even a cross-country comparison can be performed. This paper reviews the explanatory power of various sustainability indices applied in policy practice. We show that these… CONTINUE READING
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