Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

Senior Research Investigator



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Mrs Agnieszka Damasiewicz Niccolai +44 (0)20 7594 2843




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BibTex format

author = {Hand, DJ and Allin, P},
doi = {10.1111/rssa.12188},
journal = {Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A - Statistics in Society},
pages = {3--43},
title = {New statistics for old? -measuring the wellbeing of the UK},
url = {},
volume = {180},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Attempts to create measures of national wellbeing and progress have a long history. Inthe UK, they go back at least as far as the 1790s, with Sir John Sinclair’s Statistical Accountof Scotland. More recently, worldwide interest has led to the creation of a number of indicesseeking to go beyond familiar economic measures like GDP. We review the MeasuringNational Well-being development programme of the UK’s Office for National Statistics, andexplore some of the challenges which need to be faced to bring wider measures into use.These include: the importance of getting the measures adopted as policy drivers; how tochallenge the continuing dominance of economic measures; sustainability and environmentalissues; international comparability; and methodological statistical questions.
AU - Hand,DJ
AU - Allin,P
DO - 10.1111/rssa.12188
EP - 43
PY - 2016///
SN - 0964-1998
SP - 3
TI - New statistics for old? -measuring the wellbeing of the UK
T2 - Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A - Statistics in Society
UR -
UR -
VL - 180
ER -