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Remarks of Robert F. Kennedy at the University of Kansas, March 18, 1968 (PDF)

Robert F. Kennedy Speech at the University of Kansas (video)

Why You Should Start Binge-Reading Right Now
by Ben Dolnick, The New York Times, May 4, 2019 (PDF)

Economic Dignity
by Gene Sperling, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Spring 2019 (PDF)

We're Measuring the Economy All Wrong
by David Leonhardt, The New York Times, September 14, 2018 (PDF)

Agenda in Focus: Beyond GDP, The World Economic Forum

Rethinking GDP,
by Diane Coyle, IMF Finance & Development, March 2017, Vol. 54, No. 1 (PDF)

Measuring Economies - The Trouble with GDP, The Economist, April 30, 2016 (PDF)

The 21st Century Economy - How to Measure Prosperity,
The Economist, April 30, 2016 (PDF)

Forget the GDP. Some States Have Found a Better Way to Measure Our Progress,
by Lew Daly and Sean McElwee, The New Republic, February 2, 2014 (PDF)

Economic Report of the President, Transmitted to the Congress February 2012, Chapter 8 (PDF)

Fed Chief Looks Beyond GDP to Happiness Measures, Lew Daly, blog, August 8, 2012 (PDF) (PDF)

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke addresses International Association for Research in Income and Wealth 2012 Conference (article with video link)

What Is "Seinfeld" Worth? BADA GDP!,
by Jared Bernstein and Dean Baker, The New York Times, July 31, 2013 (PDF)

The Lady Gaga Fix: How the U.S. Is Rethinking GDP for the 21st Century,
by Zachary Karabell, The Atlantic, May 31, 2013 (PDF)

Coal Costs the U.S. $500 Billion Annualy in Health, Economic, Environmental Impacts, by Ariel Schwartz, Fast Company, Feb 16, 2011 (PDF)

Rethinking the Measure of Growth,
by Wayne Arnold, The New York Times, July 18, 2010 (PDF)

The Rise and Fall of GDP, by Jon Gertner, The New York Times, May 10, 2010 (PDF)

The Sandra Bullock Trade,
by David Brooksold, The New York Times, March 30, 2010 (PDF)

Is GDP an Obsolete Measure of Progress?,
by Judith Schwartz, Time Magazine, January 30, 2010 (PDF)

Misleading Indicator, by Megan McArdle, Atlantic Monthly, November 2009 (PDF)

GDP Seen as Inadequate Measure of Economic Health,
by David Jolly, The New York Times, September 15, 2009 (PDF)

GDP ≠ Happiness, by Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times, August 30, 2008 (PDF)

Our Phony Economy, by Jonathan Rowe, Harper's Magazine, June, 2008 (PDF-19MB)

Senate hearing: GDP fails to measure progress, Real News (video), March 19, 2008

Measuring What Matters, by Martin Collier, The Seattle Times, March 18, 2008 (PDF)

Resurrecting the idealism of Robert F. Kennedy,
by Steve Duin, The Oregonian, March 18, 2008 (PDF)

Does GDP really capture economy's health?,
by Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, March 12, 2008 (PDF)

Our three-decade recession: The American quality of life has been going downhill since 1975, by Robert Costanza, The Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2008 (PDF)

Income and Happiness: An Imperfect Link,
by Robert H. Frank, The New York Times, March 9, 2008 (PDF)

The Nonmarket Benefits of Nature: What Should Be counted In Green GDP?,
by James W. Boyd, Resources For The Future, Summer 2006 - Issue No. 162 (PDF)

Happiness (and how to measure it), The Economist, December 19, 2006 (PDF)

Economics discovers its feelings, The Economist, December 19, 2006 (PDF)

Seizing Intangibles for the GDP,
by Louis Uchitelle, The New York Times, April 9, 2006 (PDF)

The GDP Myth: Why "growth" isn't always a good thing,
by Jonathan Rowe & Judith Silverstein, Washington Monthly, March 1, 1999 (PDF)

If the GDP is Up, Why is America Down?,
by Clifford Cobb, Ted Halstead, & Jonathan Rowe, Atlantic Monthly, Oct 1995 (PDF)

For additional reading:

Nature's Numbers: Expanding the National Economic Accounts to Include the Environment, National Research Council, William D. Nordhaus and Edward C. Kokkelenberg, Editors, The National Academies Press, 1999, ISBN 0-309-07151-8

Beyond The Market: Designing Nonmarket Accounts for the United States, National Research Council, Katharine G. Abraham and Christophe Mackie, Editors, The National Acadamies Press, 2005, ISBN 0-309-09319-8

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