Limitations to GDP as an indicator

For decades, GDP has been seen as the dominant economic indicator. In this series of links I've put together some articles that explore what GDP is, and why it might have only limited value when considering issues like 'development', 'standard of living' and 'environmental sustainability'.


  1. Where we are in the UK at the moment:
  2. And what is GDP anyway?
  3. GDP can be very hard to measure...
  4. Numerous critics have doubts about what GDP is measuring
  5. Surely we don't 'need' GDP? What is the social purpose of growing the economy?
  6. Matt Ridley - The Rational Optimist: Everybody is working for everybody else
  7. Is a high level of GDP associated with a high standard of living ... or 'happiness', at any rate?