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Economic well being: is GDP the right measure?

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This recording is split into two halves due to the length of this session

Part One

Part Two

Gross Domestic Product, while used so often, has long been criticised as a less than perfect measure of economic well-being. Alternative measures have been proposed to better reflect of societal well-being, and more recently, conventional measures of GDP are being re-examined to incorporate the growing importance of online economic transactions and globalisation. The webinar speakers (below) will brought their experience and insights to the important issue of measuring economic well-being.

This event coincided with Social Sciences Week.

The Speakers

Jacqui Jones is General Manager of Macroeconomic Statistics Division at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). She has a background in survey methodology and economic statistics. Prior to joining the ABS she worked at the UK Office for National Statistics. She is co-author of the book: Designing and Conducting Business Surveys.






Dr Suzy Morrissey FCA is a Research Associate with the Public Policy Institute, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Suzy is a gender specialist with a background in tax and policy. An accountant by profession, she previously provided tax advice for a number of global professional services firms, before moving to the public sector. While at the New Zealand Treasury, Suzy managed the Tax Policy team, and worked on the Living Standards Framework (used as the basis for New Zealand’s ‘Wellbeing Budget’ in 2019).

Suzy’s PhD from Victoria University of Wellington examined the parental leave policies in New Zealand and Norway and her ongoing research interests include tax and transfers/welfare, wellbeing economics, and gender budgeting.


Professor Christopher Fleming is the Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism and a Professor of Economics who teaches, researches, consults and provides public policy advice on the economic determinants of wellbeing and the sustainable management of the world around us. An applied micro-economist, Christopher’s research and consulting interests include, natural resource and environmental economics, social and economic project/program evaluation, sustainable development, tourism economics and the economic determinants of subjective wellbeing. Prior to joining Griffith Business School, Christopher worked as a senior consultant for MainStream Economics and Policy, and Marsden Jacob Associates, as well as a senior advisor within the Sustainable Development Policy Group.


Christine Williams This webinar has been organised by the Queensland branch of the Women in Economics Network. Christine is the chair of the Queensland Branch and will be the moderator of the event.





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