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Measuring the immeasurable — A survey of sustainability indices

Böhringer, Christoph; Jochem, Patrick E.P.

Abstract (englisch):
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 article reviews the explanatory power of various sustainability indices applied in policy practice. We show that these indices fail to fulfill fundamental scientific requirements making them rather useless if not misleading with respect to policy advice.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2007
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2007.03.008
ISSN: 0921-8009
KITopen ID: 1000053289
Erschienen in Ecological Economics
Band 63
Heft 1
Seiten 1 - 8
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