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15 October - 16 October 2012, Maison des Associations Internationales, Rue Washington 40, 1050 Bruxelles

From (un)economic growth to future well-being

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co-organisers: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), European Federation of Public Services Unions (EPSU)

This conference which was jointly organised by the ETUI and EPSU looked into why the existing model of economic growth measured by GDP is in crisis in developed economies and how public services can contribute to increasing well-being.

Questions that were addressed included:

• Why is it that despite strong economic growth in the last 30 years, feelings of happiness and well-being have not increased in Western societies?

• Can we provide a better measure of the value-added of good public services and long-term public investments to accurately reflect their contribution to social progress?

• What role can public services play in mitigating inequality in the context of a new well-being-based view of progress?

• How should society define the targets for new well-being-based economic policies?

• How can we integrate the negative impact of (un)economic growth into our societal measures of progress and well-being?

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