For decades, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used by just about every country in the world as the measure of wealth and progress. In the new Policy Forum Pod, experts Ehsan Masood, Ida Kubiszewski, and Bob Costanza discuss why the world is so obsessed with GDP, whether we should keep using it, and if not – what we might replace it with.
Ehsan Masood is a well-known science journalist and editor of the research funding news service, Research Professional. He’s also the author of the new book The Great Invention: the story of GDP and the making and unmaking of the modern world.
Dr Ida Kubiszewski is a senior lecturer at The Australian National University’s Crawford School and the managing editor of the magazine, journal and website Solutions and a co-founder and former managing editor of the Encyclopedia of Earth, an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.
Professor Bob Costanza is a professor and chair in public policy at ANU. Bob is also the founding editor of Solutions. Prior to his time at ANU, he was Distinguished University Professor of Sustainability in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.