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How can economies prioritise our wellbeing?

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Speakers: Benedikt Arnason (Economic Advisor, Iceland), Katherine Trebeck (WEAll) + Andrew Simms (Co-Director, New Weather Institute)

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Conventional metrics of economic success have been questioned prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. Gross Domestic Product, for example, has long been criticised for its inability to capture wellbeing, inequality or environmental destruction. This has led to a growing interest in the different measures of progress, leading some governments, such as Iceland and New Zealand, to trial using wellbeing metrics to determine how government money is spent. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted both the fragility of our economy and how this can damage our health and wellbeing. This session will explore how an approach to policy that prioritises wellbeing could sit at the heart of efforts to recover from the pandemic and to realise a more resilient, sustainable and fair society.

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- Benedikt Arnason (Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister and Committee of Ministers, Iceland)

- Katherine Trebeck (WEAll)

- Andrew Simms (Co-Director, New Weather Institute)

This event is part of Beyond Covid: The Discussion Series brings together leading experts to explore key issues in the debates over how to recover and reform from the coronavirus crisis. The series is part of the wider Beyond Covid initiative, which helps people navigate the debate over how we build a fairer and more resilient economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at beyond-covid.org.

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