Imperial College London

MrPaulAllin

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Mathematics

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Allin P, Hand DJ, 2017, From a system of national accounts to a process of national wellbeing accounting, International Statistical Review, Vol: 85, Pages: 355-370, ISSN: 1751-5823

There are repeated calls to go “Beyond GDP”, for measures of wellbeing and progress in addition to those that the System of National Accounts (SNA) is designed to provide. We identify key issues that can help build on the rigour of SNA whilst fitting the measurement of economic performance within a broader assessment of national wellbeing and progress. Such drivers are already leading to a proliferation of indicators and accounts, for example in the development of non-monetary measures of natural resources. There are significant measurement challenges, not least the question of whether a single, overall measure or index of wellbeing is valid. But the challenge of measurement, per se, is one thing: in our view, a more critical issue is whether the measures will actually be used. We propose a dynamic and multi-staged approach for developing SNA, embracing the production and use of measures. This would start by identifying user requirements for wider measures, to provide the basis for national and cross-national developments in wellbeing accounting. We envisage greater branding and marketing of national wellbeing concepts to promote measures and support their use. We call for outreach by producers, so that there is dialogue about the development and use of measures.

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Hand DJ, Allin P, 2016, New statistics for old? -measuring the wellbeing of the UK, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A - Statistics in Society, Vol: 180, Pages: 3-43, ISSN: 0964-1998

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.

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Allin P, 2015, English cultural policy: Is well-being the goal?, CULTURAL TRENDS, Vol: 24, Pages: 15-20, ISSN: 0954-8963

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Allin P, Hand DJ, 2014, The Wellbeing of Nations Meaning, Motive and Measurement, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 9781118489574

Slowly we are learning to better count what really matters in our lives. This book explains the international collaboration behind this new learning and moves it far forward.

Book

Allin P, 2014, Measuring Wellbeing in Modern Societies, Work and Wellbeing, Editors: Chen, Cooper, Chichester, Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Pages: 409-463, ISBN: 978-1-118-60836-4

Highlights the role of governments in promoting the wellbeing and happiness of citizens, drawing on the UK government policy scene and the measuring national wellbeing programme of the Office for National Statistics. Knowing the level of natinoal wellbeing and its impacts not only informs policy makers about what really matters to the citizens they work for, but also offers directions and actions to address barries to improved wellbeing.

Book chapter

Hicks S, Tinkler L, Allin P, 2013, Measuring Subjective Well-Being and its Potential Role in Policy: Perspectives from the UK Office for National Statistics, SOCIAL INDICATORS RESEARCH, Vol: 114, Pages: 73-86, ISSN: 0303-8300

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