Historical wealth accounts for Britain: Progress and puzzles in measuring the sustainability of economic growth

Eoin McLaughlin, Nick Hanley, David Greasley, Jan Kunnas, Les Oxley, Paul Warde

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Abstract

Estimates of Britain’s comprehensive wealth are reported for the period 1760–2000. They include measures of produced, natural, and human capital, and illustrate the changing composition of Britain’s assets over this time period. We show how genuine savings, GS (a year-on-year measure of the change in total capital and a claimed indicator of sustainable development) has evolved over time. Changes in total wealth are compared to alternative, investment-based measures of GS, including variants augmented with the value of exogenous technology. Additionally, the possible effects of population change on wealth, and the implications of including carbon-dioxide emissions in natural capital are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-69
JournalOxford Review of Economic Policy
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • comprehensive wealth
  • genuine savings
  • sustainability
  • British economic history

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