The beyond GDP agenda: past, present, visions for the future

15 October 2024 - 10:00

October, 15-16 2024

Deadline 30th April 2024

Call for papers

The aim of the CESS conferences is to enhance the dialogue between producers, methodologists and users of European statistics: identifying users’ requirements, sharing producers’ best practices, exploring innovative ideas for data collection and analysis. The 2024 edition will be jointly organized, under the aegis of ESAC, by the Banque de France, Eurostat and the ECB with the French national statistical office, INSEE. It will also involve the Paris School of Economics (PSE) and institutions playing crucial role in the statistical dialogue at national level in France (CNIS, CASD).

The general theme of this 2024 conference will be the « beyond GDP » agenda. This agenda already has a long history, but the call for a better assessment of “what counts” has become increasingly pressing in recent times: the need to better track the consequences of health, economic and geopolitical shocks, growing awareness of climate challenges, the need to address other structural changes in the organisation of economic activity (digitalisation, globalisation). Many initiatives have been taken to enrich the economic indicators and get a broader view of well-being and its sustainability. The time seems right to take stock of recent developments, to examine the take up by users of these indicators which are central for public policies and to discuss the way forward with all stakeholders. As a case in point, the revision of the System of National Accounts, currently under discussion at the UN level, will endorse many changes related to this need to go beyond GDP. But the agenda is of course much broader, and the conference may address other topics, such as alternative indicators, theoretical and methodological issues, new dimensions of analysis, etc.

We encourage all statistics stakeholders (producers, users, researchers) to participate by submitting a paper. Proposals which foster and facilitate the exchange between these stakeholders groups will be very appreciated. Here is a non-exhaustive list of themes that can be relevant:

  • Distributive issues
  • Globalization and the problem of locating income, production and assets
  • The digital economy
  • Measuring the cost of greening the economy
  • The value of non-market activities
  • National accounts and social welfare
  • Sustainability
  • Alternative indicators
  • New sources of data

Please submit a paper of no more than 3 pages in PDF format.

If the paper has been written by more than one author, please enter the complete list of authors in the appropriate field in the form.

Call for paper form