Author:Garry McDonald, Vicky Forgie, Yanjiao Zhang, Robbie Andrew, Nicola Smith
Source:Auckland Regional Council: Auckland
An attempt to develop a more comprehensive measure of welfare and progress for the Auckland region. The genuine progress indicator (GPI) is increasingly used internationally as an alternative to GDP as a measure of the welfare of a country and its inhabitants. The Auckland GPI is one of the first sub-national GPIs to have been developed. The GPI calculates social benefits such as personal consumption, household and community work, and public sector spending, and then subtracts costs such as unemployment, commuting, crime, overwork and environmental degradation to provide an overall measure of progress in the region 1990-2006.