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Strategi Trading Forex Salah satu cara paling ampuh untuk memenangkan suatu perdagangan adalah portofolio strategi trading Forex yang diterapkan oleh trader dalam situasi yang berbeda. Setelah satu sistem saja tidak cukup untuk perdagangan yang sukses. Setiap trader harus tahu bagaimana menghadapi semua kondisi pasar, yang bagaimanapun tidak begitu mudah, dan membutuhkan studi mendalam dan pemahaman tentang ekonomi. Untuk membantu Anda memenuhi kebutuhan pendidikan Anda dan menciptakan portofolio strategi trading Anda sendiri, IFC Markets memberi Anda sumber terpercaya mengenai perdagangan dan informasi lengkap tentang semua strategi trading forex yang populer dan sederhana yang diterapkan oleh pedagang sukses. Strategi trading yang kami wakili cocok untuk semua trader yang pemula dalam perdagangan atau ingin meningkatkan kemampuan mereka. Semua strategi yang diklasifikasikan dan dijelaskan di bawah adalah untuk tujuan pendidikan dan dapat diterapkan oleh masing-masing trader dengan cara yang berbeda. 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D gerakan pasar Metode analisis utama ini meliputi analisis teknis, analisis fundamental dan sentimen pasar. Masing-masing metode analisis tersebut digunakan dengan cara tertentu untuk mengidentifikasi tren pasar dan membuat prediksi yang masuk akal mengenai perilaku pasar di masa depan. Jika dalam analisis teknikal pedagang terutama berurusan dengan berbagai grafik dan alat teknis untuk mengungkapkan keadaan masa lalu, sekarang dan masa depan harga mata uang, dalam analisis fundamental, pentingnya diberikan kepada faktor makroekonomi dan politik yang dapat secara langsung mempengaruhi pasar valuta asing. Cukup dengan pendekatan yang berbeda terhadap tren pasar yang diberikan oleh sentimen pasar, yang didasarkan pada sikap dan pendapat para pedagang. Di bawah ini Anda bisa membaca setiap metode analisis secara rinci. Menciak Strategi Analisis Teknis Forex Analisis teknis forex adalah studi tentang aksi pasar terutama melalui penggunaan grafik untuk tujuan meramalkan tren harga di masa depan. Pedagang valas dapat mengembangkan strategi berdasarkan berbagai alat analisis teknis termasuk tren pasar, tingkat volume, kisaran, tingkat dukungan dan daya tahan, pola dan indikator bagan, serta melakukan Analisis Bingkai Waktu Menggunakan grafik kerangka waktu yang berbeda. Strategi analisis teknis merupakan metode penting untuk mengevaluasi aset berdasarkan analisis dan statistik aksi pasar sebelumnya, seperti harga lalu dan volume lalu. Tujuan utama analis teknis bukan mengukur nilai aset yang mendasar, mereka mencoba menggunakan grafik atau alat analisis teknis lainnya untuk menentukan pola yang akan membantu meramalkan aktivitas pasar di masa depan. Keyakinan mereka yang kuat adalah bahwa kinerja pasar masa depan dapat ditunjukkan oleh kinerja historis. Menciak Trend Perdagangan Forex Tren Strategi merupakan salah satu konsep yang paling penting dalam analisis teknis. Semua alat analisis teknis yang digunakan analis memiliki satu tujuan: membantu mengidentifikasi tren pasar. Arti tren Forex tidak jauh berbeda dengan makna umumnya - tidak lebih dari arah pergerakan pasar. Tapi lebih tepatnya, pasar valuta asing tidak bergerak dalam garis lurus, pergerakannya ditandai oleh serangkaian zigzag yang menyerupai gelombang berturut-turut dengan puncak dan palung yang jelas, tinggi, dan rendah, seperti yang sering disebut. Seperti yang telah disebutkan di atas, tren forex terdiri dari serangkaian pasang surut dan, dan bergantung pada pergerakan puncak dan palung tersebut, kita dapat memahami jenis tren di pasar. Meskipun kebanyakan orang berpikir bahwa pasar valuta asing dapat naik atau turun, sebenarnya tidak ada dua tapi tiga jenis tren: Pedagang dan investor menghadapi tiga jenis keputusan: pergi panjang, yaitu membeli, pergi pendek, misalnya menjual, atau Singgahlah, yaitu tidak melakukan apa-apa. Selama semua jenis tren mereka harus mengembangkan strategi spesifik. Strategi pembelian lebih baik bila pasar naik dan sebaliknya strategi penjualan akan benar saat pasar turun. Tapi saat pasar bergerak menyamping pilihan ketiga untuk disisihkan - akan menjadi keputusan paling bijak. Menciak Strategi Perdagangan Dukungan dan Perlawanan Agar benar-benar memahami esensi strategi trading pendukung dan resistensi Anda harus terlebih dahulu mengetahui tingkat horizontal. Sebenarnya, ini adalah tingkat harga yang menunjukkan adanya dukungan atau penolakan di pasar. Dukungan dan resistensi dalam analisis teknis adalah syarat untuk harga terendah dan tertinggi masing-masing. Istilah support menunjukkan area pada grafik dimana minat beli secara signifikan kuat dan melampaui tekanan jual. Hal ini biasanya ditandai dengan palung sebelumnya. Level resistance, berlawanan dengan level support, mewakili area pada chart dimana selling interest mengatasi tekanan beli. Hal ini biasanya ditandai dengan puncak sebelumnya. Untuk mengembangkan strategi pendukung dan resistensi Anda harus menyadari bagaimana tren diidentifikasi melalui tingkat horizontal ini. Jadi, untuk uptrend untuk melanjutkan, masing-masing tingkat dukungan berturut-turut harus lebih tinggi dari yang sebelumnya, dan setiap tingkat ketahanan berturut-turut harus lebih tinggi daripada yang sebelumnya. Jika ini tidak terjadi, misalnya, jika level support turun ke palung sebelumnya, mungkin akan menandakan bahwa uptrend akan datang sampai akhir atau setidaknya akan berubah menjadi tren sideways. Kemungkinan pembalikan tren dari atas ke bawah akan terjadi. Situasi sebaliknya terjadi dalam tren turun, kegagalan masing-masing level support untuk bergerak lebih rendah dari palung sebelumnya mungkin akan memberi sinyal perubahan pada tren yang ada. Konsep dibalik support dan resistance trading masih sama - membeli sekuritas saat kita mengharapkan kenaikan harga dan jual saat mengharapkan harganya turun. Dengan demikian, ketika harga jatuh ke level support, trader memutuskan untuk membeli permintaan dan menaikkan harga. Dengan cara yang sama, ketika harga naik ke level resistance, trader memutuskan untuk menjual, menciptakan tekanan ke bawah dan menurunkan harga. Tweet Strategi Trading Forex Range Range strategi trading, yang juga disebut channel trading, umumnya terkait dengan kurangnya arah pasar dan digunakan selama tidak adanya tren. Rentang perdagangan mengidentifikasi pergerakan harga mata uang di saluran dan tugas pertama strategi ini adalah untuk menemukan kisarannya. Proses ini bisa dilakukan dengan menghubungkan deretan pasang surut dengan garis tren horizontal. Dengan kata lain, trader harus menemukan level support dan resistance yang utama dengan area di antaranya dikenal dengan range trading. Dalam range trading yang cukup mudah untuk menemukan daerah untuk mengambil keuntungan. Anda bisa membeli di support dan sell pada resistance selama security belum keluar dari channel. Jika tidak, jika arah pelarian tidak menguntungkan posisi Anda, Anda mungkin mengalami kerugian besar. Rentang perdagangan benar-benar bekerja di pasar dengan volatilitas yang cukup kuat karena harganya terus bergoyang-goyang di saluran tanpa menembus batas. Jika level support atau resistance pecah, Anda harus keluar dari posisi berbasis range. Cara yang paling efisien dalam mengelola risiko dalam range trading adalah penggunaan stop loss order seperti kebanyakan trader. Mereka menempatkan sell limit orders di bawah resistance saat menjual range dan mengatur take profit turun di dekat support. Saat membeli support mereka menempatkan buy limit orders diatas support dan place mengambil profit order di dekat level resistance yang sebelumnya teridentifikasi. Dan risiko dapat dikelola dengan menempatkan stop loss orders di atas level resistance saat menjual resistance zone pada range, dan dibawah level support saat membeli support. Menciak Indikator Teknis dalam Strategi Perdagangan Forex Indikator teknis adalah perhitungan yang didasarkan pada harga dan volume keamanan. Mereka digunakan baik untuk mengkonfirmasi tren dan kualitas pola grafik, dan untuk membantu pedagang menentukan sinyal beli dan jual. Indikator dapat diterapkan secara terpisah untuk membentuk sinyal beli dan jual, serta dapat digunakan bersamaan, bersamaan dengan Pola grafik dan pergerakan harga. Indikator analisis teknis dapat membentuk sinyal beli dan jual melalui moving average crossover dan divergence. Crossover tercermin ketika harga bergerak melalui moving average atau bila dua moving average yang berbeda saling silang. Divergensi terjadi ketika tren harga dan tren indikator bergerak berlawanan arah yang mengindikasikan bahwa arah tren harga melemah. Mereka bisa diaplikasikan secara terpisah untuk membentuk sinyal beli dan jual, sekaligus bisa digunakan bersamaan, bersamaan dengan pasar. Namun, tidak semuanya digunakan secara luas oleh para pedagang. Indikator berikut yang disebutkan di bawah ini sangat penting bagi analis dan setidaknya salah satunya digunakan oleh masing-masing trader untuk mengembangkan strategi tradingnya: Moving Average Bollinger Bands Relative Strength Index (RSI) Stochastic Oscillator Moving Average ConvergenceDivergence (MACD) ADX Momentum Anda dapat Mudah belajar bagaimana menggunakan setiap indikator dan mengembangkan strategi trading berdasarkan indikator. Tweet Grafik Forex Strategi Perdagangan Dalam analisis teknis Forex, grafik adalah representasi grafis pergerakan harga selama jangka waktu tertentu. Hal itu bisa menunjukkan pergerakan harga sekuritas lebih dari satu bulan atau satu tahun. Bergantung pada informasi pedagang yang dicari dan keahlian apa yang mereka kuasai, mereka dapat menggunakan beberapa jenis grafik: diagram batang, bagan garis, bagan kandil dan bagan titik dan gambar. Juga mereka dapat mengembangkan strategi spesifik dengan menggunakan pola grafik teknik populer berikut ini: Segitiga Bendera Pennants The Wedge Pola Rectangle Pola Kepala dan Bahu Double Tops dan Double Bottoms Triple Tops and Triple Bottoms Anda dapat dengan mudah mempelajari bagaimana menggunakan grafik dan mengembangkan strategi trading. Dengan pola grafik Tweet Volume Perdagangan Forex Strategi Volume menunjukkan jumlah sekuritas yang diperdagangkan selama waktu tertentu. Volume yang lebih tinggi menunjukkan tingkat intensitas atau tekanan yang lebih tinggi. Menjadi salah satu faktor terpenting dalam perdagangan, selalu dianalisis dan diperkirakan oleh para chartis. Untuk menentukan pergerakan volume ke atas atau ke bawah. Mereka melihat volume perdagangan gistogram biasanya dipresentasikan di bagian bawah grafik. Setiap pergerakan harga lebih penting jika disertai dengan volume yang relatif tinggi dibandingkan jika disertai dengan volume yang lemah. Dengan melihat tren dan volume bersama, teknisi menggunakan dua alat yang berbeda untuk mengukur tekanan. Jika harga tren lebih tinggi, menjadi jelas bahwa ada lebih banyak pembelian daripada tekanan jual. Jika volume mulai turun selama tren naik, sinyal akan menunjukkan tren kenaikan akan berakhir. Seperti yang disebutkan oleh analis analis Huzefa Hamid volume adalah gas di dalam tangki mesin perdagangan. Meskipun kebanyakan pedagang hanya memberi preferensi pada grafik teknis dan indikator untuk membuat keputusan perdagangan, volume diperlukan untuk memindahkan pasar. Namun, tidak semua jenis volume dapat mempengaruhi perdagangan, volume sejumlah besar uang yang diperdagangkan dalam hari yang sama dan sangat mempengaruhi pasar. Menciak Strategi Analisis Bingkai Waktu Menggunakan Analisis Bingkai Waktu Beberapa menyarankan untuk mengikuti harga keamanan tertentu selama rentang waktu yang berbeda. Karena harga keamanan sementara itu bergerak melalui beberapa kerangka waktu yang sangat berguna bagi para pedagang untuk menganalisis berbagai kerangka waktu sambil menentukan lingkaran perdagangan keamanan. Melalui Multiple Time Frame Analysis (MTFA) Anda dapat menentukan tren baik pada skala yang lebih kecil dan lebih besar dan mengidentifikasi keseluruhan tren pasar. Seluruh proses MTFA dimulai dengan identifikasi pasti arah pasar pada kerangka waktu yang lebih tinggi (panjang, pendek atau menengah) dan menganalisisnya melalui kerangka waktu yang lebih rendah mulai dari grafik 5 menit. Pedagang berpengalaman Corey Rosenbloom percaya bahwa dalam beberapa analisis kerangka waktu, grafik bulanan, mingguan dan harian harus digunakan untuk menilai kapan tren bergerak ke arah yang sama. Namun, hal ini dapat menyebabkan masalah karena kerangka waktu tidak selalu sejajar dan berbagai jenis tren terjadi pada kerangka waktu yang berbeda. Menurutnya, analisis kerangka waktu lebih rendah memberi lebih banyak informasi. Tweet Strategi Trading Forex Berdasarkan Analisis Fundamental Sementara analisa teknikal difokuskan pada studi dan kinerja aksi pasar yang lalu, analisis fundamental Forex berkonsentrasi pada alasan mendasar yang memberi dampak pada arah pasar. Dasar analisis fundamental Forex adalah bahwa indikator makroekonomi seperti tingkat pertumbuhan ekonomi, tingkat suku bunga dan tingkat pengangguran, inflasi, atau isu politik penting dapat berdampak pada pasar keuangan dan oleh karena itu dapat digunakan untuk membuat keputusan perdagangan. Teknisi tidak merasa perlu untuk mengetahui alasan perubahan pasar, namun fundamentalis mencoba untuk menemukan alasannya. Yang terakhir menganalisis data makroekonomi dari negara tertentu atau negara yang berbeda untuk meramalkan perilaku mata uang negara yang diberikan dalam waktu terdekat. Berdasarkan kejadian atau perhitungan tertentu, mereka mungkin memutuskan untuk membeli mata uang dengan harapan bahwa yang terakhir akan meningkat nilainya dan mereka akan dapat menjualnya dengan harga lebih tinggi, atau mereka akan menjual mata uang untuk membelinya nanti di posisi yang lebih rendah. harga. Alasan mengapa analis fundamental menggunakan kerangka waktu yang begitu lama adalah sebagai berikut: data yang mereka pelajari dihasilkan jauh lebih lambat daripada data harga dan volume yang digunakan oleh analis teknis. Tweet Strategi Trading Forex Berdasarkan Sentimen Pasar Sentimen pasar ditentukan oleh sikap investor terhadap pasar keuangan atau keamanan tertentu. Apa yang orang rasakan dan bagaimana hal ini membuat mereka berperilaku di pasar Forex adalah konsep dibalik sentimen pasar. Pentingnya memahami pendapat sekelompok orang pada topik tertentu tidak dapat diremehkan. Untuk setiap tujuan analisis sentimen dapat memberikan wawasan yang berharga dan membantu membuat keputusan yang tepat. Semua pedagang memiliki pendapat mereka sendiri tentang pergerakan pasar, dan pemikiran dan opini mereka yang tercermin secara langsung dalam transaksi mereka membantu membentuk keseluruhan sentimen pasar. Pasar dengan sendirinya adalah jaringan yang sangat kompleks yang terdiri dari sejumlah individu yang posisinya benar-benar mewakili sentimen pasar. Namun, Anda sendiri tidak dapat membuat pasar beralih ke pilihan Anda sebagai pedagang, Anda memiliki pendapat dan harapan dari pasar, tetapi jika Anda berpikir bahwa Euro akan naik, dan pihak lain tidak berpikir begitu, Anda tidak dapat melakukan apapun mengenai hal itu. Di sini, sentimen pasar dianggap bullish jika investor mengantisipasi pergerakan harga ke atas, sementara jika investor memperkirakan harga akan turun, sentimen pasar dikatakan bearish. Strategi dari sentimen pasar Forex berikut berfungsi sebagai alat yang baik untuk memprediksi pergerakan pasar dan sangat penting bagi investor pelawan, yang bertujuan untuk berdagang dengan arah berlawanan dari sentimen pasar. Jadi, jika sentimen pasar yang ada bullish (semua trader beli), investor kontrarian akan menjual. Tweet Strategi Forex Berdasarkan Gaya Perdagangan Strategi trading forex dapat dikembangkan dengan mengikuti gaya trading populer yaitu perdagangan hari, carry trade, buy and hold strategy, hedging, portfolio trading, spread trading, swing trading, order trading dan algorithmic trading. Menggunakan dan mengembangkan strategi perdagangan sebagian besar bergantung pada pemahaman kekuatan dan kelemahan Anda. Agar sukses dalam perdagangan, Anda harus menemukan cara trading terbaik yang sesuai dengan kepribadian Anda. Tidak ada cara yang benar untuk trading dengan cara yang benar bagi orang lain mungkin tidak bekerja. untukmu. Di bawah ini Anda bisa membaca tentang setiap gaya trading dan menentukan sendiri. Menciak Strategi Perdagangan Hari Forex Strategi perdagangan hari merupakan tindakan untuk membeli dan menjual keamanan dalam hari yang sama, yang berarti bahwa seorang pedagang tidak dapat memegang posisi trading apapun dalam semalam. Strategi perdagangan hari meliputi scalping, fading, daily pivots dan momentum trading. Dalam hal melakukan perdagangan hari Anda dapat melakukan beberapa perdagangan dalam satu hari namun harus melikuidasi semua posisi perdagangan sebelum penutupan pasar. Faktor penting yang harus diingat dalam perdagangan hari adalah semakin lama posisi Anda, semakin tinggi risiko kehilangan Anda. Bergantung pada gaya trading yang Anda pilih, target harga bisa berubah. Di bawah ini Anda bisa belajar tentang strategi perdagangan sehari yang paling banyak digunakan. Tweet Strategi Scalping Forex Scalping Forex adalah strategi trading hari yang didasarkan pada transaksi cepat dan singkat dan digunakan untuk menghasilkan banyak keuntungan dengan perubahan harga yang kecil. Pedagang jenis ini, yang disebut calo, dapat menerapkan hingga 2 ratus perdagangan dalam satu hari yang percaya bahwa pergerakan harga kecil jauh lebih mudah diikuti daripada yang berukuran besar. Tujuan utama mengikuti strategi ini adalah dengan membeli banyak sekuritas dengan harga bid ask dan dalam waktu singkat sellbuy mereka dengan harga yang lebih tinggi untuk menghasilkan keuntungan. Ada beberapa faktor penting untuk scalping Forex. Ini adalah likuiditas, volatilitas, kerangka waktu dan manajemen risiko. Likuiditas pasar memiliki pengaruh terhadap bagaimana pedagang melakukan scalping. Beberapa dari mereka lebih suka berdagang di pasar yang lebih likuid sehingga mereka dapat dengan mudah masuk dan keluar dari posisi besar, sementara yang lain mungkin lebih menyukai perdagangan di pasar yang kurang likuid yang memiliki spread bid-ask yang lebih besar. Sejauh ini mengacu pada volatilitas, calo seperti produk yang agak stabil, bagi mereka untuk tidak khawatir dengan perubahan harga mendadak. Jika harga keamanan stabil, calo bisa mendapatkan keuntungan bahkan dengan menetapkan pesanan pada tawaran dan permintaan yang sama, menghasilkan ribuan perdagangan. Kerangka waktu dalam strategi scalping secara signifikan pendek dan trader mencoba untuk mendapatkan keuntungan dari pergerakan pasar kecil seperti itu yang bahkan sulit dilihat pada grafik satu menit. Bersama dengan membuat ratusan keuntungan kecil dalam sehari, para perajut sekaligus dapat menahan ratusan kerugian kecil. Oleh karena itu, mereka harus mengembangkan manajemen risiko yang ketat untuk menghindari kerugian yang tidak terduga. Tweet Fading Trading Strategy Memudar dalam hal trading forex berarti trading melawan tren. Jika tren naik, pedagang yang memudar akan menjual dengan mengharapkan harga turun dan dengan cara yang sama mereka akan membeli jika harga naik. Di sini, strategi ini mengandaikan penjualan sekuritas saat harganya naik dan membeli saat harga sedang turun, atau yang disebut memudar. Ini disebut strategi perdagangan hari kontra yang digunakan untuk perdagangan melawan tren yang berlaku. Tidak seperti jenis trading lain yang target utamanya adalah mengikuti tren yang berlaku, trading yang memudar perlu mengambil posisi yang berlawanan dengan tren utama. Asumsi utama yang menjadi dasar strategi memudar adalah: Efek overbought Pembeli awal siap untuk mengambil keuntungan Pembeli saat ini mungkin tampak berisiko Meskipun memudar pasar bisa sangat berisiko dan membutuhkan toleransi risiko tinggi, hal itu bisa sangat menguntungkan. Untuk melaksanakan strategi Fading dua limit order dapat ditempatkan pada harga yang ditentukan - order limit beli harus ditetapkan di bawah harga saat ini dan order limit sell harus ditetapkan di atasnya. Strategi memudar sangat berisiko karena ini berarti perdagangan melawan tren pasar yang berlaku. Namun, bisa jadi menguntungkan juga - pedagang pudar bisa mendapatkan keuntungan dari pembalikan harga apapun karena setelah kenaikan tajam atau penurunan mata uang maka diharapkan bisa menunjukkan beberapa pembalikan. Jadi, jika digunakan dengan benar, strategi memudar bisa menjadi cara perdagangan yang sangat menguntungkan. Pengikutnya diyakini sebagai pengambil risiko yang mengikuti peraturan manajemen risiko dan mencoba keluar dari setiap perdagangan dengan keuntungan. Tweet Strategi Trading Pivot Harian Pivot Trading bertujuan untuk mendapatkan keuntungan dari volatilitas harian currencys. Dalam pengertian dasarnya, titik pivot didefinisikan sebagai titik balik. Hal ini dianggap sebagai indikator teknis yang diturunkan dengan menghitung rata-rata numerik dari harga pasangan mata uang yang tinggi, rendah dan tutup. Konsep utama dari strategi ini adalah membeli dengan harga terendah hari ini dan menjual dengan harga tertinggi hari ini. Pada pertengahan 1990-an, seorang pedagang profesional dan analis Thomas Aspray menerbitkan pivot mingguan dan harian untuk pasar forex tunai ke klien institusionalnya. Seperti yang dia sebutkan, pada saat itu level mingguan pivot tidak tersedia dalam program analisis teknis dan formula tersebut juga tidak banyak digunakan. Namun pada tahun 2004 buku oleh John Person, Panduan Lengkap untuk Taktik Perdagangan Teknis: Cara Keuntungan Menggunakan Poin Pivot, Candlestick Indikator Lain mengungkapkan bahwa titik pivot telah digunakan selama lebih dari 20 tahun sampai saat itu. Pada tahun-tahun terakhir ini bahkan mengejutkan Thomas untuk menemukan rahasia analisis titik pivot kuartalan, sekali lagi karena John Person. Saat ini rumus dasar penghitungan pivot point tersedia dan banyak digunakan oleh trader. Apalagi kalkulator titik pivot bisa dengan mudah ditemukan di Internet. Untuk sesi perdagangan saat ini, titik pivot dihitung sebagai: Titik Pivot (Sebelumnya Tinggi Sebelumnya Rendah Sebelumnya Tutup) 3 Dasar pivot harian adalah untuk menentukan tingkat support dan resistance pada grafik dan mengidentifikasi titik masuk dan keluar. Hal ini dapat dilakukan dengan rumus sebagai berikut: S1 - Support Level 1 R2 - Resistance Level 2 S2 - Level Support 2 Tweet Momentum Trading Strategy Momentum trading sebenarnya berdasarkan pada menemukan keamanan terkuat yang juga cenderung bertransaksi lebih tinggi. Konsep bahwa tren yang ada cenderung berlanjut daripada sebaliknya. Seorang trader yang mengikuti strategi ini kemungkinan akan membeli mata uang yang telah menunjukkan tren kenaikan dan menjual mata uang yang telah menunjukkan tren turun. Dengan demikian, tidak seperti pedagang pivot harian, yang membeli rendah dan menjual tinggi, pedagang momentum membeli tinggi dan menjual lebih tinggi. Momentum trader menggunakan indikator teknis yang berbeda, seperti MACD, RSI, momentum osilator untuk menentukan pergerakan harga mata uang dan memutuskan posisi apa yang harus diambil. Mereka juga mempertimbangkan berita dan volume berat untuk membuat keputusan perdagangan yang tepat. Momentum trading mensyaratkan berlangganan layanan berita dan memantau alert harga untuk terus menghasilkan keuntungan. Menurut seorang analis keuangan Larry Light yang terkenal, strategi momentum dapat membantu investor mengalahkan pasar dan menghindari crash, ketika digabungkan dengan tren berikut, yang hanya berfokus pada saham yang diperoleh. Tweet Carry Trade Strategy Carry trade adalah strategi dimana seorang trader meminjam mata uang di negara dengan bunga rendah, mengubahnya menjadi mata uang di negara dengan tingkat suku bunga tinggi dan menginvestasikannya dalam sekuritas hutang kelas tinggi di negara tersebut. Investor yang mengikuti strategi ini meminjam uang dengan suku bunga rendah untuk berinvestasi dalam sekuritas yang diharapkan bisa memberikan imbal hasil yang lebih tinggi. Membawa perdagangan memungkinkan untuk mendapatkan keuntungan dari pasar yang tidak stabil dan stabil, karena di sini agaknya perbedaan antara tingkat suku bunga mata uang semakin tinggi selisihnya, semakin besar keuntungannya. Sementara menentukan mata uang apa yang akan diperdagangkan dengan strategi ini, Anda harus mempertimbangkan perubahan yang diharapkan dalam tingkat suku bunga mata uang tertentu. Prinsipnya sederhana - beli mata uang yang tingkat suku bunga diperkirakan akan naik dan menjual mata uang yang tingkat suku bunga diperkirakan turun. Namun, ini tidak berarti bahwa perubahan harga di antara mata uang sama sekali tidak penting. Dengan demikian, Anda dapat berinvestasi dalam mata uang karena tingkat suku bunga yang tinggi, namun jika harga mata uang turun dan Anda menutup perdagangan, Anda mungkin mendapati bahwa meskipun Anda memperoleh keuntungan dari suku bunga yang juga telah hilang dari perdagangan karena Beda harga buas. Oleh karena itu, carry trade sebagian besar cocok untuk pasar tanpa trend atau sideways, saat pergerakan harga diperkirakan akan tetap sama untuk beberapa lama. Tweet Strategi Hedging Forex Hedging umumnya dipahami sebagai strategi yang melindungi investor dari terjadinya kejadian yang dapat menyebabkan kerugian tertentu. Gagasan di balik hedging mata uang adalah membeli mata uang dan menjual yang lain dengan harapan kerugian pada satu perdagangan akan diimbangi oleh keuntungan yang diperoleh pada perdagangan lain. Strategi ini bekerja paling efisien bila mata uang berkorelasi negatif. Dengan demikian, Anda harus membeli keamanan kedua selain yang sudah Anda miliki untuk melakukan lindung nilai setelah bergerak dalam arah yang tidak terduga. Strategi ini, tidak seperti kebanyakan strategi trading yang sudah dibahas, tidak digunakan untuk menghasilkan keuntungan melainkan bertujuan mengurangi risiko dan ketidakpastian. Ini dianggap sebagai jenis strategi tertentu yang tujuan utamanya adalah untuk mengurangi risiko dan meningkatkan kemungkinan kemenangan. Sebagai contoh kita bisa mengambil beberapa pasangan mata uang dan mencoba membuat lindung nilai. Katakanlah bahwa pada jangka waktu tertentu dolar AS kuat, dan beberapa pasangan mata uang termasuk USD menunjukkan nilai yang berbeda. Seperti, GBPUSD turun sebesar 0,60, JPYUSD turun sebesar 0,75 dan EURUSD turun sebesar 0,30. Sebagai perdagangan terarah, sebaiknya kita mengambil pasangan EURUSD yang turun sedikit dan oleh karena itu menunjukkan bahwa jika perubahan arah pasar, akan lebih tinggi daripada pasangan lainnya. Setelah membeli pasangan EURUSD kita perlu memilih pasangan mata uang yang bisa berfungsi sebagai lindung nilai. Sekali lagi kita harus melihat nilai mata uang dan memilih salah satu yang menunjukkan kelemahan paling komparatif. Dalam contoh kita itu JPY, dan EURJPY akan menjadi pilihan yang baik. Dengan demikian, kita bisa melakukan lindung nilai terhadap perdagangan kita membeli EURUSD dan menjual EURJPY. Apa yang lebih penting untuk diperhatikan dalam hedging mata uang adalah bahwa pengurangan risiko selalu berarti pengurangan keuntungan, di sini, strategi lindung nilai tidak menjamin keuntungan besar, namun dapat melindungi investasi Anda dan membantu Anda menghindari kerugian atau setidaknya mengurangi tingkatnya. Namun, jika dikembangkan dengan benar, strategi lindung nilai mata uang dapat menghasilkan keuntungan bagi kedua perdagangan. Strategi Trading Portofolio Keranjang Perdagangan portofolio, yang juga bisa disebut trading basket, didasarkan pada kombinasi antara aset berbeda dengan pasar keuangan yang berbeda (Forex, saham, futures, dll.). Konsep dibalik portfolio trading adalah diversifikasi, salah satu cara yang paling populer untuk mengurangi risiko. Dengan pedagang alokasi aset yang cerdas melindungi diri dari volatilitas pasar, mengurangi tingkat risiko dan menjaga keseimbangan laba. Yang sangat penting untuk menciptakan portofolio terdiversifikasi untuk mencapai tujuan trading anda. Jika tidak, strategi semacam ini akan tanpa tujuan. Anda harus mengkompilasi portofolio Anda dengan sekuritas semacam itu (mata uang, saham, komoditas, indeks) yang tidak terkait secara ketat, yang berarti bahwa keuntungan mereka tidak bergerak naik turun dalam hubungan yang serasi. Dengan mencampuradukkan berbagai aset dalam portofolio Anda yang memiliki korelasi negatif, dengan satu harga keamanan naik dan yang lainnya turun, Anda dapat menjaga keseimbangan portofolio, sehingga menghemat keuntungan dan mengurangi risikonya. Saat ini IFC Markets menyediakan teknologi pembuatan dan perdagangan Instrumen Komposit Pribadi (PCI) berdasarkan Metode GeWorko. Yang membuatnya lebih mudah untuk melakukan perdagangan portofolio. Teknologi ini memungkinkan untuk membuat portofolio dimulai dengan hanya dua aset dan mencakup hingga puluhan instrumen keuangan yang berbeda, membuka posisi long dan short dalam portofolio, melihat sejarah harga aset yang membentang hingga 40 tahun, menciptakan PCI Anda sendiri. Menggunakan berbagai alat analisis pasar, menerapkan strategi perdagangan yang berbeda dan terus mengoptimalkan dan menyeimbangkan portofolio investasi Anda. Dengan kata lain, Metode GeWorko adalah solusi yang memungkinkan Anda mengembangkan dan menerapkan strategi yang sesuai dengan preferensi Anda. Tweet Strategi Beli dan Tahan Strategi beli dan bertahan adalah jenis investasi dan perdagangan saat trader membeli sekuritas dan menahannya untuk waktu yang lama. Seorang trader yang menggunakan strategi buy and hold investment tidak tertarik pada pergerakan harga jangka pendek dan indikator teknis. Sebenarnya, strategi ini banyak digunakan oleh trader saham namun beberapa trader Forex juga menggunakannya, mengacu pada metode investasi pasif tertentu. Mereka umumnya mengandalkan analisis fundamental daripada grafik dan indikator teknis. Ini sudah tergantung pada jenis investor untuk memutuskan bagaimana cara menerapkan strategi ini. Seorang investor pasif akan memperhatikan faktor fundamental, seperti tingkat inflasi dan tingkat pengangguran negara yang mata uangnya telah diinvestasikan, atau bergantung pada analisis perusahaan yang sahamnya dimilikinya, mengingat strategi pertumbuhan perusahaan, kualitas produknya, Dll. Bagi investor aktif, akan lebih efektif untuk menerapkan analisis teknis atau tindakan matematis lainnya untuk memutuskan apakah akan membeli atau menjual. Tweet Spread Pair Trading Strategy Perdagangan pasangan (spread trading) adalah pembelian dan penjualan simultan dua instrumen keuangan yang saling terkait satu sama lain. Perbedaan perubahan harga kedua instrumen ini membuat keuntungan atau kerugian perdagangan. Dengan strategi ini, pedagang membuka dua posisi yang sama dan berlawanan secara langsung yang dapat saling mengimbangi menjaga keseimbangan perdagangan. Spread trading bisa terdiri dari dua jenis: spread intra-market dan antar komoditas. Pada kasus pertama, pedagang dapat membuka posisi long dan short pada perdagangan aset dasar yang sama dalam berbagai bentuk (misalnya di pasar spot dan futures) dan pada bursa yang berbeda, sedangkan pada kasus kedua mereka membuka posisi long dan short pada aset berbeda yang terkait. Satu sama lain, seperti emas dan perak. Dalam penyebaran perdagangan penting untuk melihat bagaimana sekuritas terkait dan tidak memprediksi pergerakan pasar. Penting untuk menemukan instrumen perdagangan terkait dengan selisih harga yang terlihat untuk menjaga keseimbangan positif antara risiko dan imbalan. Tweet Swing Trading Strategy Swing trading adalah strategi dimana trader memegang aset dalam satu hingga beberapa hari menunggu keuntungan dari perubahan harga atau yang disebut ayunan. Posisi trading swing sebenarnya bertahan lebih lama dari posisi trading hari dan lebih pendek dari posisi buy and hold trading. Yang bisa bertahan bahkan selama bertahun-tahun. Swing trader menggunakan seperangkat aturan berbasis matematis untuk menghilangkan aspek emosional perdagangan dan melakukan analisis intensif. Mereka dapat membuat sistem perdagangan menggunakan analisis teknis dan fundamental untuk menentukan titik beli dan jual. Jika dalam beberapa strategi tren pasar tidak penting, dalam perdagangan ayun, faktor pertama yang perlu dipertimbangkan. The followers of this strategy trade with the primary trend of the chart and believe in the Trend is your friend concept. If the currency is in an uptrend swing traders go long, that is, buy it. But if the currency is in a downtrend, they go short- sell the currency. Often the trend is not clear-cut, it is sideways-neither bullish, nor bearish. In such cases the currency price moves in a predictable pattern between support and resistance levels. The swing trading opportunity here will be the opening of a long position near the support level and opening a short position near the resistance level. Tweet Forex Strategies Based on Trading Order Types Order trading helps traders to enter or exit a position at the most suitable moment by using different orders including market orders, pending orders, limit orders, stop orders, stop loss orders and OCO orders. Currently, advanced trading platforms provide various types of orders in trading which are not simply buy button and sell button. Each type of trading order can represent a specific strategy. Its important to know when and how to trade and which order to use in a given situation in order to develop the right order strategy. The most popular Forex orders that a trader can apply in his trade are: Market orders - a market order is placed to instruct the trader to buy or to sell at the best price available. The entry interfaces of market order usually have only buy and sell options which make it quick and easy to use. Pending Orders pending orders which are usually available in six types allow traders to buy or sell securities at a previously specified price. The pending orders-buy limit, sell limit, buy stop, sell stop, buy stop limit and sell stop limit- are placed to execute a trade once the price reaches the specified level. Limit Orders- a limit order instructs the trader to buy or sell the asset at a specified price. This means that first of all the trader should specify the desired buy and sell prices. The buy limit order instructs him to buy at the specified price or lower. And the sell limit order instructs to sell at the specified price or even higher. Once the price reaches the specified price, the limit order will be filled. Stop orders-a sell stop order or buy stop order is executed after the stop level, the specified price level, has been reached. The buy stop order is placed above the market and the sell stop order is set below the market. Stop loss orders - a stop loss order is set to limit the risk of trade. It is placed at the specified price level beyond which a trader doesnt want or is not ready to risk his money. For a long position you should set the stop loss order below the entry point which will protect you against market drops. Whereas, for a short position place the order above the trade entry to be protected against market rises. OCO OCO (one-cancels-the-other) represents a combination of two pending orders which are placed to open a position at prices different from the current market price. If one of them is executed the other will automatically be canceled. Tweet Algorithmic Trading Strategies Algorithmic trading, also known as automated Forex trading, is a particular way of trading based on a computer program which helps to determine whether to buy or sell the currency pair at a specific time frame. This kind of computer program works by a set of signals derived from technical analysis. Traders program their trade by instructing the software what signals to search for and how to interpret them. High-grade platforms include complementary platforms which give an opportunity of algorithmic trading. Such advanced platforms through which traders can perform algorithmic trading are NetTradeX and MetaTrader 4. NetTradeX trading platform besides its main functions, provides automated trading by NetTradeX Advisors. The latter is a secondary platform which contributes to automated trading and enhances the main platforms functionality by the NTL (NetTradeX Language). This secondary platform also allows to perform basic trading operations in a manual mode, like opening and closing positions, placing orders and using technical analysis tools. MetaTrader 4 trading platform also gives a possibility to execute algorithmic trading through an integrated program language MQL4. On this platform traders can create automatic trading robots, calledAdvisors, and their own indicators. All the functions of creating advisors, including debugging, testing, optimization and program compilation are performed and activated in MT4 Meta-Editor. The Forex trading strategy by robots and programs is developed mainly to avoid the emotional component of trade, as it is thought that the psychological aspect prevents to trade reasonably and mostly has a negative impact on trade. Choose Your Network: IFCMARKETS. 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IFC Markets does not provide services for United States and Japan residents.Trading Made Simple for Day Charts Attached Image (click to enlarge) No major changes to the approach, Post 1 is still a must read. - p.s.sorry about the fonts - the editor was not playing nice Indicators at the end of this post are still good - you can always check and see any latest versions in the paperclip Add-Ons are very much down to personal risk tolerance and account money management, so the basic rules will apply as to how many trades you have open and what percentage of your account is at risk. To date I have yet to see a successful EA with supporting evidence of a trade explorer, so until that happens, I am staying with manual trading - most of the folks posting trade explorers accounts on FF run well for a while and then seem to blow up, so not sure if these are serious long term investors or just folks playing with high risk strategies - beware. Start with reading this post and the referenced posts and you should be on the right track. I do update this post with general rules and tweaks as I see them for the day charts and will also bring in comments from other members. Ill check in from time to time and post training charts and trade summaries and I will nuke non-compliant posts - my privilege 8211 I started the thread . I will also add any new insights clarifications techniques in this post as well as references to applicable post s, so Post 1 may well become seriously long winded. If you want to reference a post from a member, please include the post and member name. Once you have read this post, read through the trading charts that run through entries and add-ons and then you can jump to Post 1081 which us where I start trading with the revisions to the template. All of the indicators that you need are in this post as attachments or are described referenced and are part of the standard MT4 indicators, such as MA and Bill Williams. Please take the time and effort to read this post carefully and the referenced post - take notes, read again and run backtesting and then ask questions. We all love helping newbies, but only if you put some effort into your trading. We were all newbies once. The overriding rule is that this forum is for Day Charts only and is based upon the time trusted and proven TMS methodologies as adapted and introduced by Big E (Rest in Peace), so let8217s keep to the TMS spirit and keep Big E8217s memory and his dream alive. Trade set ups are welcome as well as active trades or trade summaries rationales for entering exiting. We also want to see the ooopsies 8211 and the lessons learned from the pain and suffering incurred Disclaimer: Any trade or analysis related comments made in this thread by myself or any other person on this thread should not be interpreted as anything other than a point of view by the respective poster and not as advice to enter or exit a trade . Individuals trading rules may be subject to interpretation. It is your responsibility as a trader to decide what information to use and what to disregard and you do so at your own risk. Use the ideas andor modify them to suit your trading style. It is recommend that you conduct your own testing for your trading system in a demo account before investing real money. All investments are taken at each traders responsibility. Tingkat risiko yang direncanakan dapat meningkat secara dramatis dalam kondisi pasar yang ekstrim. Trade Set-ups and Commentaries: Heres a suggestion for posting trade set-ups commentaries from fxjourney in Post 17: 1. Entry setups and brief explanation as to why you think the setup looks good (not only technical set up reasons but also riskreward) 2. Trade Stop Loss management 3. Effective exit strategy My current commitments do not allow me to trade lower timeframes and I have moved to the Day Charts. My Broker is IBFX and my new day candle starts at 4pm PST. I typically place trades between 8pm and 10pm PST (which is the 2nd H4 candle of the day). These will either be pending trades with sell stop or buy stop levels set for Fractal Breaks or potential TDI Crossovers 8211 especially moves from below 32 or from above 68. Price Action is the Key, so watch for the momentum to support the signals. Look left and pick up on support and resistance levels Fractals. When using the RSI(10), I am looking at 25 as OverSold and 75 as OverBought - as the RSI(10) crosses the 50, there is usually a trade entry opportunity once you confirm with PA - Watch the value in the Data Window as this will overload the indicators on the screen. Any tine RSI is hovering around the 50 then you are looking at consolidation, so wait for Fractal Breaks SR level breaks. Multiple Time Frame Analysis: As far as MTFA8211 I do check the week for trend direction and always check out what the the 200ema is doing - this is the favourite institution ema and acts as a very dynamic SR region - I may rarely look at lower timeframes - if the day looks good, I will enter. Supply and Demand Levels: I hve been tidying up the charts and going back to basics, so the IISupDem.ex4 indicaor is optional to get you thinking about Supply and Demand SR levels. Break outs Reversals usually coincide with the APB changing colour for a good reversal signal. Basic Rule here is to sell as the candles leave a Supply Zone heading South and Buy as the PA leaves a Demand Zone heading North. If price blows through a Zone, this just means that the Trend has held and will usually give you a pause before bouncing and continuing. With the Day charts this involves patience and avoiding the need to enter a trade for a few pips. If you study some of the available material - either in FF on the threads, or in the numerous ebooks that circulate with the hope of hooking you for a subscription service, then you will see there is no real fixed rule for this type of entry - it all comes down to your trading style and your trading plans. My preference is to let the candle close and then follow the momentum of the PA. From the charts that I am now posting, you will see that the 100ema and 200ema will often act as a floating SR - be aware of this when trading with set-ups heading towards these emas, especially when your entry point is within 100 pips and especially when 100 and 200 are running horizontal together - check out this post - forexfactoryshowthre. 97post5779197 One very well written article that I have seen, talked to how momentum was perceived interpreted. The focus was on the second half of the candles life as this demonstrates the support and demand for the current PA. You can have a great bull push in the first half of the candle with new highs being set, only for the bears to take over which will leave you with a pull back candle with a large wick - this negates any momentum that was achieved earlier in the day. This often occurs around SR levels and folks get faked out by the initial strength of the candle, only to watch it fall away at the end of the day. If, however, the bear push continues into the latter part of the day, then you have a strong momentum candle and if this succeeds in breaking the SR, then look for continued momentum to drive the PA. This supports the Big E message that not all TDI crosses are not created equal and you still have to be on your game with the forex basics. Trade Entries: Is there such a thing as a perfect set up My ideal scenario would be the following for long entries for reversals (and they do happen): APBHA closes and changes colour PA moves with some strength - this means its day ATR(1) is at 75 or higher of the ATR(7) - this should also be stressed that the candle body needs to be strong - larger body than wicks. RSI moving above 51 breaking through the 50 with strong momentum TDI cross within the last 1 or 2 candles and moving up from the 32 region Day chart showing recent trading range of swings (next Supply Demand Zones 150 pips away) For short entries: APB colour change to red PA moves with ATR(1) at 75 or higher of ATR(7) RSI moving below 49 TDI cross within the last 1 or 2 candles and moving down from the 68 region Generally, trading into the 200ema is bad news -a strong enough PA will push through the 200ema and continue on its way. If the 200ema is dead flat, PA will very likely follow it and consolidate - wait for the breakout. Using the Trade Signal Line for Entries Check out Post 1419 forexfactoryshowthre. 53post6623553 and see how this works. Trade Exits: For those of you that followed Big E - his trading style was structured to preserve pips, so he would exit on TDI flattening hooks pull backs and then look for re-entry positions. Also, Big E was not trading day charts - he did trade H4 and lower timeframes for London NY openings. I have a flexible approach to exits and may change in accordance with SR or general momentum. If you exit early, then look for re-entry possibilities on the H4. With regards to any indicator that has an Overbought Oversold region - once these indicators are in the OB OS regions, they cease to be reliable as trends can continue to add hundreds of pips after these regions have been entered - watch for candle sizes SR levels and further breakouts - very few indicators will help you here - Price Action will always be king SL and TP levels: From the TMS thread - dcginc posted several posts on setting up SL and TP levels using the ATR(7) and I have tweaked this to match my approach. I now run with 3 entries per set-up and base my SL on the current ATR(7) - usually 1.5XATR(7) or the previous swing HL Fractal. TP1 for reversals is 1.5XATR(7) - this will mean SL levels are sometimes 200 pips on the more volatile pairs. TP2 - options here are to set TP2 at 3XATR(7), OR, for TP2, you can always leave this open and manually manage the trade. My suggestion is to start out wit the fixed TP3 - no fixed level - run with manually adjusting SL levels Experiment with TP1 and TP2, see how it works, modify as necessary, but dont allow the greed glands to take over your trading plan Once TP1 is hit, move TP2 and TP3 to BE and then manage to your trading plan. Trade Management: There are several posts on manual trade management such as: 164 204 246. I will always let TP1 close out, so for my trade management, this is for TP2 and add-ons. For trend runs, I manually move my SL up to the previous but one (2 candles previous) candle L for longs (wick not body), H for shorts. As trend runs approach major SL levels, the 200EMA Big Round Numbers 3268 on TDI, 2575 on RSi(10), be aware the trade can stall or bounce against you, so consider a manual exit and then re-enter if the SR is broken and the move continues. Typically, the TDI will flatten out in the Overbought (gt68) and Oversold (lt32) regions and that the TDI will start to give exit signals on trade slow downs and stalls. As the candles start to shorten, this is the signal that momentum is fading. The end results are one of three options - congestion ranging market, trend stall followed by reversal, trend stall followed by continuation (look for add-on possibilities on a new fractal break). Other possibilities include running with TS set to account for your ATR(7) - currently suggesting that the TS is not less than ATR(7) but then this depends what you are willing to sacrifice from your hard earned pips. Remember, its not how much you make, but how much you keep Money Management: Leonaforex made a great comment in Post 295 For my trades, I trade 3 of my account at any time, until 3 trades in a row are winners. I then increase to 4.5 of my account. One loss reverts to 3. Two losses reverts to 1.5. Three or more go to 1 of account and stay there until you figure out what you were missing. Once you have achieved 2 wins in row again, go to 3 of your account. Again - before going live with this, run the backtests for the trade methodology and then plug in different money management approaches and see how the drawdowns affect your account and how quickly you recover. Many folks use a fixed 2 max and this is pretty safe. Here is something that I read on another thread: You should classify any contemplated trade into one of the following five categories before putting on a position: a. Entrance into congestion b. A trade within a congestion c. A breakout from a congestion area d. A trend run e. Trend reversal The trader will have difficulty in formulating a successful and intelligent riskreward (entryexit) plan unless the trade is properly categorized before the trade is taken. The riskreward parameters are different for each of the five types of trades. Candle Patterns: Watch for candle reversal patterns - in the attachments. Candlesticks vs APB vs HA - see Post 305 With regards to candles - my preference is for traditional good old fashioned style candlestick charts- however, Heikin Ashi or Synergy APB (Average Price Bars) have also worked well and continue to do so on the original TMS and X-Mans threads. The APB HA appproach centers around a colour change on the day chart - When a colour change occurs, go look at it - review the PA and if it has momentum then it has a reasonable probability of succeeding - PA always takes priority in the decision making process. With day charts, its not like you are rushed into a trading decision, so you have time to verify PA with either the APB and Candlesticksprice bars. Using candlesticks will of course require some understanding of candles and especially reversal patterns. Again, as with so many other aspects of forex - pick what works for you and run with it - you must be comfortable with your chart settings and not become one of the sheeple trying to make something alien work just because other are doing it. For general reading on TMS and trading strategies 8211 look to the following members (most are from the original TMS Thread and although these are not necessarily day chart traders, their approaches and methodologies are sound and will translate to any timeframe): Eelfranz dcginc X-Man Phx62 Emmanuel7788 Vantage Dean Lawgirl 8211 apologies to those whom I have missed 8211 nothing intentional, just attribute it to lost brain cells over the years. As far as trading opportunities, you will probably see each pair have one good set up per week and there are usually several high probability trade set ups each week across all the pairs 8211 if the market is ranging 8211 leave it alone and come back another day. The day charts will easily bring you pips and with less stress and less false signals. My experience has been between 800 to 1200 pips per month since July which is when I picked up on TMS. This can be achieved on a single currency pair, or over multiple pairs. Abbreviations used in posts TP1 - Take Profit for Entry 1 TP2 - Take Profit for Entry 2 TP3 - Take Profit for Entry 3 AOC - Add-On Candle BE - Break Even SR - Support Resistance SD - Supply Demand DD - Drawdown Install the indicators into your MT4 platform - folder name quotexpertsquot and then sub folder name quotindicatorsquot Indicators for Chart (Day) SynergyAPBC ATR Pips UL Corner 8211 color to none - periods 1 8211 multiplier 1 - this will give you the ATR for a single candle ATR Pips UL Corner 8211 color to none - periods 7 8211 multiplier 1 (read dcginc posts for using this and setting SL and TP) EMA 200 8211 blue dotted 8211 Price Typical EMA 100 8211 aqua dotted 8211 Price Typical Fractals (Bill Williams) Supply and Demand indicator IISupDem - optional Indicator Window 1 TMSTDI Watchdog 8211 all settings at defaults 8211 Set the alarms that you do not want to false and adjust the font sizes accordingly for your set-up. Colors are personal preference for the TDI lines - I do not use the quotBollingerquot lines, so I stick with TSL RSI and MBL Overlay the RSI set to 10 with no color 8211 just a personal preference 8211 higher probability trades when RSI(10) is above 51 for longs and below 49 for shorts. Again 8211 another one for the Data Window. TMS Links to Other Threads: Further reading for your education in all things related to Trading Made Simple: Harlem posted this on the TMS thread - it is a compilation of some of the top TMS traders post and includes posts from BigE, Phx62, dcginc forexfactoryshowthre. 35post6634735 Xaphod did update all of the TMS related indicators and pulled these from a variety of sources- make sure you download the latest versions - here is page 1 of his thread forexfactoryshowthre. 40post4619540 and here is the link to the attachments which will have all of the other discussed indicators forexfactorymisc.php. mentsampt294327 X-Man is having fun with the Sonic indicator - here is the link to page 1 of his thread forexfactoryshowthre. 32post5167732 For those of you wanting to learn TMS from scratch, then here is page 1 of the Trading Made Simple thread started by Eelfranz forexfactoryshowthre. 74post4569574 So here is the first trade posted. This one was set up as a pending sell stop and was based off of a quotFractal Downquot break. The TDI was running lower although there wasnt a distinct cross at the time. The TDI would have shown a cross as the trade triggered, but the candle did pull back. Entered with two trades - SL set to 2XATR(7) which was 130 pips, so SL 260 pips. TP1 set to 260 pips. TP2 currently open - will wait to see how the trade progresses. Currently this trade is 50pips Attached Image (click to enlarge) Joined Apr 2011 Status: quotNever Give Up - Never Surrenderquot 1,540 Posts This is for audusd from the past 72 days. In summary - all trades taken at TDI cross - typically after 1st candle has closed after crossing the 5ema - this is the set up candle and establishes the entry point - top or bottom of the candle wick depending on long or short entry. For this chart there are 6 entry points over a time period of 72 candles days - this is about training yourself to see the entries and the associated patterns. As has been pointed out on other threads, anyone can pick winners from an old chart, so look for the patterns set-ups for entry points. Some trades may take 5 days or more to develop, so extreme patience is required. Trust the 2XATR(7) for your SL for reversals, it has been proven to work many times over. For tighter ranging markets, drop to 1XATR(7) for TP1. Total pips if all entries were hit 2,986 Entry 1 - TP1 338, TP2 490 Entry 2 - TP1 322, TP2 280 - this was a continuation trade Fractal break bounce Entry 3 - TP1 348, TP2 470 Entry 4 - TP1 284, TP2 230 Entry 5 - TP1 75, TP2 75 - first signs that pair is starting to range in narrower band Entry 6 - TP1 37, TP2 37 - market now ranging in a lower band - should now reduce TP1 to 1XATR(7) until range is broken Attached Image (click to enlarge) TDI is a primary indicator for TMS, however, support and resistance levels fractals will give additional signals. I am trading with the TMS approach plus Fractals. The TDI in this instance would have crossed as the PA moved down and broke the Fractal Low, however, as the candle pulled back, the TDI RSI would have moved with the retrace and any TDI cross that would have been indicated would no longer exist. The trade was placed as a pending trade based on the Fractal Low being broken - not for all, but it works for me. ok, thanks. will try to understand your methodology. Joined Aug 2006 Status: Member 61 Posts Thank you Britpip7 for starting this thread. As we are concentrating on the daily charts only here there is a good opportunity to announce potential setups quite far in advance of the entry signal, with lots of time to prepare for the trade, in most situations. There are plenty of currency pairs to trade - especially if one considers all the smaller currencies - so please announce any attractive looking possible entry set ups and we can then discuss and take action from there. Im sure collectively we will cover all potential new setups across the whole currency market The whole rationale behind Eelfranzs original system was simplicity so lets keep things simple else we will drive away members from this thread. In my posts here I will concentrate on three things: 1. Entry setups and brief explanation as to why I think the setup looks good (not only technical set up reasons but also riskreward) 2. In trade stop loss management 3. Effective exit strategy For the above I will use Eelfranzs original rules as a start and may bring new ideas to the forum if I think there is value for others. I have never traded the daily chart and have a serious concern with leaving trades active over weekends (may result in big movements with no stop loss safety). However I guess that there will be trades on D1 that may remain in the market over weekends - this will be a new experience for me. Terima kasih. Shaun Joined Oct 2011 Status: Member 191 Posts I took this trade on the GbpUsd on the 28th.I was kinda hesitant about it because of the support and resistance factor.Im currently up 30 pips so i will see what happens.Hopefully it will hit a new low lol. Attached Image (click to enlarge) Joined May 2011 Status: Member 33 Posts Im in this boat Joined May 2011 Status: Member 33 Posts could you upload those latest indicators. Anggota harus memiliki minimal 0 voucher untuk diposkan di thread ini. 1 trader viewing now Forex Factoryreg is a registered trademark.Table of Contents 1. Introduction Right measurement is a powerful instrument for social progress wrong or imprecise measurement a source of hazard and even havoc. The essential purpose of economic activity is the promotion of human development, welfare and well-being in a sustainable manner, and not growth for growths sake, yet we lack effective measures to monitor progress toward these objectives. Advances in understanding, theory and measurement must necessarily proceed hand in hand. A companion article in this publication sets forth the urgent need for new theory in economics. This article sets forth the complementary need for new measures. The stakes are high and the choice is ours. On one side, rising social tensions, recurring financial crises and ecological disaster on the other, the progressive unfolding and development of human capacity in harmony with Nature. The deficiencies of GDP as a measure are welldocumented by leading economists Kuznets, Tobin, Tinbergen and many others but, unfortunately, decision-making still remains largely based on GDP, valid during 1930-70 perhaps, but certainly inappropriate today. The challenge is to derive more appropriate indicators to reflect real, sustainable economic welfare, social development and human wellbeing. The attributes that have made GDP so successful are often overlooked it provides clear objectives for policy and decision-making. We propose new composite indicator, HEWI, which can be used to guide decision-making, which retains the strengths associated with GDP, while substantially enhancing its value as a measure of human economic development. HEWI monitors progress on factors that contribute prominently to present economic welfare household consumption, government welfare-related expenditure, income inequality and unemployment as well as factors that have the potential to significantly enhance long term sustainability education, fossil fuel energy efficiency and net household savings. The index is applied to assess the economic performance of select countries from 1985-2005. 2. Tools and Measures Human beings are distinguished from other life forms by their unique ability to fashion tools which extend our powers of consciousness beyond the reach of our senses and our powers of execution beyond the limits of strength, endurance, space and time imposed by our physical bodies. Tools are an instrument for social evolution. Language is a tool which enables us to formulate original ideas, communicate our inmost thoughts and feelings, record events for posterity, transmit knowledge down through the ages, and exchange ideas over vast expanses of time and space. The efficiency of our tools is an index of our social development. Measurement is another remarkable human ability. Many tools acquire power through their use in or capacity for measurement, such as the calendar, weighing scale, measuring rod, astrolabe, surveyors theodolite, carbon dating, and DNA fingerprinting. The mariners compass and chronometer enabled ships to navigate safely far from land. Modern medicine could not exist without the thermometer, stethoscope, sphygmomanometer and glucometer, along with measures for blood cell count, hemoglobin, cholesterol, and countless other metrics. Today every food ingredient is carefully measured for its exact nutritional content. Money is one of humanitys greatest inventions. It is both a tool and a measure. But unlike other measures that are confined to measuring a single dimension or quality, money has the capacity of assigning value to almost anything material or immaterial physical objects, human labor, social status, information, obedience, loyalty and sometimes even love. Coinage enabled ancient kingdoms to become military and economic powers, because it facilitated standardized valuation of products and services for the financing and maintenance of huge armies. The concept of zero was unknown to the Greeks and Romans. Developed independently in India and Mexico, it reached Europe via Arabia only in the 10th century. One need only try adding and multiplying Roman numerals to realize how greatly the introduction of Hindu-Arabic numerals, the zero, and the decimal place enhanced the capacity for accounting and the growth of trade. Combined with double-entry bookkeeping, they spurred the commercial revolution in 13th century Italy, facilitating the precise calculation of capital and profit. 1 The development of modern economy has been made possible by continuous development and refinement of tools and measures. The Domesday Book is a record of the first known numerical census conducted by William I of England in 1085 to identify arable lands, livestock, fisheries and other sources of national wealth as a basis for improved tax collection. The first US census was conducted in 1790. Today economics employs a wide range of indispensable measuring tools, including GDP, the consumer price index, interest rate, money supply, exchange rate and the unemployment rate. While the general public may regard these tools as accurate measures of economic reality, economists recognize that they are in fact only rough, approximate indicators designed to reflect economic reality rather than accurately measure it. Right measurement is a powerful instrument for social progress, which is why efforts are constantly being made to improve their power and precision. The atomic clock has replaced the sundial, hourglass and pendulum. DNA fingerprinting has largely replaced hand fingerprinting as a precise means for identifying human beings. Global satellite navigation has made the chronometer obsolete. The 20th century has been aptly described as The First Measured Century in recognition of the enormous recent strides in harnessing the power of measurement. 2 Phenomenal scientific and social progress since the end of World War II has opened up previously unimagined opportunities and ignited soaring aspirations the world over. Today humanity pursues a common quest for higher standards of living, greater economic security, sustainable development, higher levels of welfare and well-being. For decades, the very intensity of the pursuit for a better life obscured the inadequacy of our conceptions and our instruments for achieving it. But in recent decades we are compelled by social, economic and environmental challenges to seek more precise definitions of what we mean by these terms and more exact tools for measuring our progress toward achieving them. Social and economic measures are inseparable from political objectives and public policy. It is not merely scientific precision that we are after, but more powerful instruments for achieving human objectives. Wrong or imprecise measures are a source of hazard and even havoc. They can result in wrong policy with disastrous consequences. As John Kenneth Galbraith observed in his book The Great Crash 1929, the lack of reliable measures combined with faulty theoretical knowledge led to actions that worsened rather than mitigated the crisis. Galbraith cites poor economic intelligence among five principal causes for the Great Depression. From 1929 to 1932, policy was almost entirely on the side of making things worse. 3 Had the real risks associated with US mortgage-backed securities been more accurately accessed a few years ago, the entire sub-prime mortgage crisis and resultant international financial debacle might have been avoided. Wrong measures can undermine good theory and practice. Right measures can dramatically enhance the rate of social progress. Its not just the economists and policy-makers who need new and better measures of economics and social progress. We all do. In democratic societies where ordinary citizens are bombarded by information and asked to support the best policies, the absence of clear, reliable measures of economic welfare and social progress lead to endless debate, confusion, obfuscation, recriminations and even despair. As we have recently witnessed, wrong measures can lead to a false sense of security or euphoria at the very moment crisis is preparing to strike. 3. Measures of National Income Adam Smith, David Ricardo and the other great founders of modern economics made remarkable contributions to our understanding of the wealth of nations, yet they lacked effective measurements to apply their concepts with precision. This changed dramatically with the development of quantitative economic measures after World War I. Among all the tools evolved to measure economic progress, none has attracted more attention and controversy than GDP and related indicators used to measure national and per capita income over time and in different countries. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, the conception of economic power and national wealth shifted from agriculture to industrial production. Then early in the 20th century it was further broadened to encompass a wide range of tangible and intangible services. The idea of valuing such a diverse range of economic activities in terms of a single common denominator, price, was itself an ingenious invention, but one that has since given rise to serious misconceptions and policy distortions. As money is one of the most powerful instruments of social progress, price is one of the most powerful tools of measurement. But the temptation to measure all value in terms of price plays havoc with commonsense, reason and human values. Can we really equate the value of an antique vase, collectors baseball card or music memorabilia with the cost of food and medicine to save the lives of thousands of children Is a billion dollars spent on military armaments really equivalent to a comparable investment in education or public health Is an extra dollar of income for the richest of the rich really equivalent in value to the individual concerned and society in general as an extra dollar earned by the poorest of the poor Is a 100 of renewable energy equal in value to 100 of non-renewable fossil fuel Is an hour of paid services for cooking or cleaning at home more valuable than an hour of unpaid work by family members According to GDP, the answer to all these questions is yes. GDP was developed as an indicator of market activity during the Great Depression and a war-planning tool during the Second World War, when the primary objective of government was to stimulate industrial production. 4 Based on its utility during the war, it became an official instrument of US economic policy in 1946. Originally intended as an index of industrial growth, growth of GDP came to be regarded as synonymous with an improvement in a nations economic health and the welfare of its people. Its creator, Simon Kuznets, warned the US Congress about its limitations as early as 1934, The welfare of the nation can scarcely be inferred from a measurement of national income as defined above. 5 Three decades later he asserted the need for distinguishing between quantity and quality of growth, costs and return, short and long run. 6 In the early 1970s William Nordhaus and James Tobin again reminded us that GDP was never intended as a measure of welfare or well-being. 7 In one of his last speeches Senator Robert F. Kennedy summed up the limitations of GDP. We cannot measure national achievements by GDP, since GDP includes air pollution, cigarette advertisement and ambulances to clear our highways after carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and jails for people who break them. GDP includes destruction of redwoods and of Lake Superior. GDP grows with the production of napalm and nuclear warheads. It does not include the health of our families, the quality of their education, it is indifferent to the safety of our streets. In short, GDP measures everything except what makes life worthwhile. 8 Yet these concerns went largely unheeded and even now we are told daily to measure our present and future welfare in terms of a number that conceals and distorts more than it reveals and clarifies. GDP is simply a measure of the total of finished goods and services produced in the monetized segment of the economy valued on the basis of cost, regardless of its relative importance or benefit to human well-being, and without making any distinction between productive and destructive, essential and trivial, sustainable and unsustainable activities. Thus, earthquakes, hurricanes, rising crime and divorce rates, increasing levels and costs of litigation, proliferation of hand guns, increasing incidence of epidemic diseases, increasing consumption of sedatives and saturated fats, subprime mortgages and unsustainable credit card debt, chemical pollution, depletion of non-renewable resources, military spending and all-out war are indistinguishable by this measure from rising levels of employment, education, public health and safety, cleaner air and water, better housing and nutrition and retirement security. GDP is simply a gross measure of total output, market activity, money changing hands. Long considered a technical issue of concern only to economics, it is now evident that bad measures can lead to bad and even catastrophic policy, just as wrongful treatment arising from an erroneous medical diagnosis can convert a mild disorder into a fatal illness. 9 Major determinants of human welfare and well-being are too important to be regarded as mere technical issues. It is both unfortunate and ironic that even the general public has come to place so much faith in this inadequate and misleading index of national progress, that people celebrate each increase in GDP even when their own personal living standards have declined markedly in real terms. Aspirations for a better life have become so universal that people everywhere readily take pride and satisfaction in the real or false sense of national achievement reflected in the numbers. The recent history of the debate regarding GDP is too voluminous and frequently cited to warrant inclusion here. Before examining other options, we can simply summarize the most salient concerns that need to be addressed in the search for more adequate alternative measures. 1. GDP makes no distinction between factors that contribute to social progress and those that may actually impair it or reflect its decline. GDP treats natural disasters, divorce, crime and war as economic benefits, e.g. the massive expenditure to redress the human crisis and damaged infrastructure consequent to Hurricane Katrina or the rising crime rates which spur increasing public expenditure on security measures, law enforcement and prisons. It treats on par investments in human capital, such as those that raise the level of education and training, with expenditures that reflect a decline in human welfare, such as increasing need for psychiatric services or divorce-related legal fees. 2. GDP, a measure of activity, flow, is wrongly interpreted as a measure of wealth, stock. Higher levels of GDP growth can be and are often accompanied by increasing levels of financial debt or depletion of natural assets, as during times of war, excessive government spending or household borrowing. 3. GDP includes some forms of economic activity that consume more capital than they generate. Consumption of non-renewable resources generates a flow by consuming an irreplaceable asset. War increases output and flow for an activity which actually destroys the products produced along with other natural and social forms of capital. Like a company without a balance sheet to distinguish between investment and expenditure, asset creation and asset destruction, GDP is virtually blind to these distinctions. 4. GDP does not distinguish between sustainable and unsustainable activities. It treats the depletion of natural capital and the costs associated with compensating for it as income. Rising levels of consumption do not necessarily result in higher levels of economic welfare or well-being, as in the case when the declining quality of the public water supply spurs demand for more costly bottled water or increasing crime necessitates rising expenditure on personal and commercial security. 5. GDPcapita is a measure of national productivity, not of personal consumption or the economic welfare of households. It takes into account the value of all financial transactions at market prices, including categories of expenditure such as military spending and general administration that are not directly related to household income and expenditure. 6. GDP ignores the impact of unemployment on human security and welfare. 7. GDP takes no account of the distribution of income. Therefore, average per capita GDP figures can disguise the fact that growth may be flat or even negative for a substantial part of the society while it rises exponentially for a small proportion of the population in the highest income bracket. 8. GDP fails to distinguish between speculative gains in financial markets during a bubble economy and real gains from increasing employment, production and personal consumption. 9. GDP ignores the non-market household and community economy, assigning zero value to household work and voluntary services, while attributing positive value to the very same activities when they are performed for pay. One of the reasons that GDP is so unsuitable as a quality of life index is its inability to take into account the value of parenting, home care and home schooling, household work, volunteerism and other forms of non-monetized activities that are invaluable to individuals and society-at-large. 10. GDP and other price-based indices grossly understate real improvements in living standards and quality of life, because they measure only the cost of goods and services, while ignoring real and often substantial improvements in product quality and quality of life. These gains accrue from real advances in social development, including advances in science and technology, improvements in social organization, e.g. the Internet, and globalization. 4. Need for New Theory As significant as it is, the debate regarding GDP and other measures masks a deeper and far more important issue. For in trying to arrive at a more appropriate measure for real human progress, it calls into question the fundamental purpose of economic activity and the fundamental premises on which modern economic theory is based. Theory and measurement go hand in hand. Without sound theory, measures can result in misleading conclusions. Even great minds can fail in matching theory and measurement. Aristotle, possibly the greatest philosopher and scientist that ever lived, failed to properly measure motion. Although an excellent experimentalist and keen observer, his incorrect procedure for measuring motion stopped the development of physical sciences for over a thousand years, prompting Russell to castigate Aristotle as the greatest hindrance in the history of science. Would Aristotle have understood motion better, if he had had access to more or better information regarding the shape, color and composition of falling objects Some of this data would have been useful, but the real problem was that Aristotle was missing a necessary abstraction that would lead him to the understanding of motion. He lacked the foundation for the underlying conceptual theory. Success of physical and life sciences today are rooted in precise and adequate measurements married with sound theory. Measurements often generate paradigmatic changes in our understanding of Nature and in turn these changes influence the meaning and process of measurements. As the authors have elaborated in a separate article in this issue, in striving to attain to the rigor of the physical sciences, economics has sought for impersonal universal principles governing economic systems. Not only in its assumptions, but in its stated goals as well, economics too often equates all market activity with human welfare and well-being. Thus, both economic theory and measurement are subject to the same limitations. This approach must inevitably be supplanted by the evolution of a more human-centered approach to economic science. In an effort to attain the value-free objectivity associated with physical science, latter day social scientists have overlooked the fact that GDP itself is founded upon inherently subjective judgments, equating crime and war with more food and better housing, pollution-prone fossil fuels with clean, renewable energy. At the same time, GDP assigns zero value to non-monetized activities that enhance welfare, such as caring for children and the elderly, or leisure time and family relationships that enhance well-being. All human activities are goal-oriented and value-based and therefore, the only meaningful measure must be one that consciously acknowledges those goals and values and assesses the extent to which economic activity achieves them. True advance in measurement must be predicated on commensurate advance in the underlying theory. Thus, we are compelled to ask at the outset the most apparently nave of questions, namely, what is the purpose of economy and economic activity What role does it play in human existence, social development and evolution The most obvious answer is certainly the most reasonable and acceptable. The aim of economic activity is to enhance human welfare and well-being. If Kuznets and others are correct in stating that economic policy based on GDP too often pursues other goals that are different and even incompatible with human welfare and well-being, then there is full justification for urgently striving to evolve both new theory and new measures to reorient economics toward its true purpose. The companion article Wealth of Nations Revisited examines the need for new theory. 10 The remainder of this article focuses on the need for new measures. 5. Measures and Indicators A distinction needs to be made between measures and indicators. In the physical sciences, we are accustomed to measuring tangible physical parameters such as distance, mass, speed, frequency and wavelength. But in the social sciences, many of the parameters we seek to measure do not lend themselves to simple quantification. While most physical events can be accurately described in terms of a few parameters, human activities are far too complex for complete categorization. Human events are far more complex because they are influenced not only by physical parameters in time and space, but also by social, cultural, political and psychological factors that are often difficult to perceive and impossible to measure directly, such as the decision whether to buy a genuine Prada leather bag from the shop or a passable imitation from a street vendor at one-third the price. Therefore, in the social sciences, we must often seek for more effective ways to measure the complexity of social reality. Thirty years ago, India struggled with the task of measuring the progress of 600 million population living in 575,000 villages and more than 10,000 cities and towns. In spite of making huge public investments and borrowing extensively from overseas, according to traditional measures based on per capita GDP in constant dollars, the country had raised its per capita living standards by only 27 between 1960 and 1980. By comparison, France increased its per capita GDP by 109, Korea by 190 and Japan by 237 during the same period. Given the very low base and rising expectations post-Independence, Indias performance looked far from satisfactory. Indias leadership was perplexed and discouraged by the relatively slow pace of progress. Intuitively many felt that the actions they had taken were essential for national progress, yet according to available economic measures they had been a dismal failure. Then a study in 1980 documented huge gains that were not reflected by GDP. It pointed out that more than 80 million lives, a population equivalent in size to that of reunited Germany, had been saved since Independence as a result of improved public health. If saving 80 million human lives is not progress, then what is Yet the first result of this remarkable accomplishment was to dilute per capita GDP growth, thereby creating the impression that the country was going nowhere or even backwards. The study also found that life expectancy had risen by 60, infant mortality was down by a third, and literacy had more than doubled since 1950. The total number of schools and colleges had almost tripled. Primary school enrollment had quadrupled. The number of hospital beds had tripled. Incidence of malaria had declined from 75 million cases to 100,000 and deaths attributable to the disease from 800,000 to only one. Electricity had been made available for the first time to hundreds of millions of people. A country which lost three million people to famine in 1943 and required 10 million tons of imported foodgrains to avoid another massive famine in the late 1960s had increased its food production by two and half times and become self-sufficient in foodgrains. Per capita food consumption had risen 25. The Indian example highlights the crucial need for additional and alternative methods. It also brings into focus a fundamental difference between economic growth and social development. Recognizing the urgent need for more accurate ways to assess national progress, the country began a search for alternatives. To obtain a more reliable basis for policy-making and assessment, the Government of India identified 107 indicators of development for regular monitoring at the local and national level. 11. 12. 13 Frequent physical surveys of the entire territory and population to measure actual living standards were prohibitively expensive. Rather than relying solely on direct measures such as literacy, life expectancy and infant mortality, the study proposed searching for parameters that were correlated with rising living standards. For example, international comparisons revealed that rising income levels were closely correlated with rising levels of sugar consumption. In India too, increasing consumption of sweetened foods and beverages was among the very first observable changes associated with increasing prosperity. On this basis, researchers postulated that rising sugar consumption might form one component of an easily measurable index of rising living standards among the poor in rural areas in India. The sugar index was never adopted, but it is illustrative of the distinction between direct measures, which tell us about performance on a specific variable, and indicators, which can be taken as reflections of social development. A measurement is a precise means of evaluating a phenomenon on a fixed scale of values, whereas an indicator is an indirect and imprecise means of assessment by observation or measurement of changes in one or a group of related variables that are found to accurately reflect changes in a wider field of phenomenon. An increased heart rate is an indicator rather than a measure of health. It can vary widely with increasing levels of physical activity and stress as well as with the onset of heart disease. By itself it tells us very little, but when correlated with other observations, it can serve as a useful index of cardiac health. 6. Characteristics of a Successful Indicator In our eagerness to find a more acceptable measure of human progress, let us not lose sight of the remarkable features that have made GDP so successful and adaptable. The genius of GDP is that it expresses all economic activity in terms of a common denominator, price or currency value. When adjusted for changes in price levels due to inflation, this permits comparisons over time. When adjusted for differences in costs of living in different countries, it permits comparisons between countries. Based on data that is easily gathered at the national level, it facilitates frequent measurement in a timely manner. Simplicity, universality, ease of application and timeliness are great strengths that should not be lightly discarded. GDP has also derived a symbolic capacity to precisely indicate changes in the underlying fields that it measures, such as consumer spending, housing, electronics, transportation and communication. In fairness, we must also recognize that the indicator cannot be faulted for its widespread misapplication and misinterpretation. That is the error of those who wrongly apply and interpret it. GDP has a role to play as an indicator of short term changes in economic activity. Our challenge is to derive more appropriate indicators to reflect real and sustainable economic welfare, social development and human well-being tasks GDP was never intended to perform. In doing so, we should avoid the error of those who currently regard GDP as an effective composite measure. Trying to accomplish all things with a single measure, either simple or complex, is more likely to confuse than to clarify. The success of GDP over more than half a century is a compelling argument for simplicity and universality. Its greatest weakness has been the attempt to do too much with too little to impute reliability and significance far beyond what the number really tells us, a source of bad policy and great harm to society. The most rational approach is to start with a clear conception of the goals we want to achieve and a valid theoretical framework describing the underlying processes that contribute to that result, then devise measures capable of monitoring our progress toward achieving these goals. Clarity of conception is the only sound basis for precise measurement. As long as economic growth per se was the main social objective, as it was during the Industrial Revolution, Great Depression and Second World War, GDP did a reasonable job as a monitoring instrument. But the aims of 1930s are not our present aims, since we now realize that unfettered growth would lead us to ecological disaster. At the same time we must be sufficiently objective to concede that much of what we would like to measure may be for the time being beyond our capabilities, either because the required data is not available, is not sufficiently accurate or is simply too subjective to rely on. As we have seen, even defining measures for the relatively straightforward conception of economic growth is fraught with difficulties, resulting in measures that include activities that are the very opposite of the goal we desire. When it comes to measures of social development, sustainability, human welfare and well-being, the challenge is even greater. Humility is always a virtue, but never more so than in purporting to measure the fulfillment of human aspirations. It is wiser to attempt less to begin with and do it well than to attempt all and do it so inadequately that it serves little utility. In either case, it is important to recognize both what is included and what is excluded in each formulated measure. 7. The Problem of Value Before examining alternative approaches to the measurement of social progress, it may be useful to consider some of the factors that pose serious obstacles to the quantification of economic growth, sustainable development, welfare and well-being. 7.1 Uncertainty amp Risk The importance of the linkage between theory and measurement is most powerfully illustrated by Orio Giarinis challenge to traditional measures as set forth in Dialogue on Wealth and Welfare (1980) and Limits to Certainty (1993). 14. 15 There he highlights fundamental differences between the industrial model of economy that emerged with the Industrial Revolution and the modern service economy which has emerged post 1970. His central thesis is that methods for measuring the value of manufactured goods are inappropriate for measuring the value of many types of services, emphasizing that even in the manufacturing sector 80 of what we regard as production cost now also consists of service activities. In this way he challenges the adequacy of GDP as a measure of economic growth, when applied to the valuation of basic services such as health care, insurance, education, RampD, etc. Can the value of longer life expectancy and better health, higher levels of education, greater social security be adequately evaluated in terms of the cost of production and delivery In Limits to Certainty, Giarini argues that value in the new economy is probabilistic, rather than deterministic, because it involves new types of risk and far greater degrees of complexity, vulnerability and uncertainty. Cost in manufacturing is measured at the stage up to the point of final sale. Whereas in regard to services the actual cost of full delivery may not be known until long after the sale. This is most obviously the case with regard to various forms of insurance, but it applies also to the cost of fulfilling on-going product and service obligations. Toyotas worldwide recall of more than nine million vehicles in 2009-10 equal in quantity to 90 of total light vehicle sales in the USA in 2009 cost the company and its dealers upwards of 4 billion. Hurricane Katrina is estimated to have cost upwards of 200 billion. This includes 120 billion in insured catastrophic losses, but does not include the significant increase in the cost of home insurance that affected all US homeowners in the years following the disaster. 16 Human error has recently proven far more costly than the most violent acts of nature. The losses associated with Katrina are dwarfed by the costs associated with the collapse in value of mortgaged-back securities following the subprime crisis, an instance in which the linkage between the theory of value and its measurement is transparent and direct. Between July 2007 and June 2008, rating agencies lowered the credit ratings on these securities by 1.9 trillion. Indeed, many regard wrong valuation as the principal cause of the crisis. Valuation errors led to bad policy and bad business decisions on an inconceivable scale. Residential properties in the US declined in value by more than 5 trillion or 32 in the following year. The value of retirement assets and other investment assets dropped by more than 8 trillion. 17 Of course, both the potential costs and inherent uncertainty associated with the consequences of current economic activities on climate change are considerably greater. These examples illustrate the magnitude of uncertainty and systemic risk inherent in the modern service-based economy in which contractual obligations of the seller as well as the uncertainties of the buyer may extend long after the date of sale, throughout the entire life cycle of utilization and even disposal. This view challenges the fundamental notion of price based on the equilibrium between supply and demand as an adequate measure of value. And it goes to the heart of the question, What do we really mean by value The ingenious device of equating price with value has served as the basis for the entire development of modern mathematical economics as a science, yet all the major objections to GDP as an indicator of human welfare and well-being point to the inadequacies, gross distortions, disastrous policy measures and catastrophic consequences that can arise from implicit faith in this equation. This perspective, which highlights the linkage between theory and measurement, reinforces the need for more fundamental reassessment of economic theory as proposed in the companion article Wealth of Nations Revisited. Evolving measures to adequately reflect risk and uncertainty is a formidable challenge for the future of economics. In section 10.4 below we illustrate one approach to this challenge in formulating an index for sustainable energy efficiency. 7.2 Price and Quality GDP measures social progress in terms of an increase in the total transaction value of goods and services at market prices. Price is a powerful tool for measurement, but it can also introduce gross distortions for the simple reason that price is an inadequate measure of value. Can we really place a dollar value on an extra hour of leisure A college education A cataract operation that restores eyesight to the elderly An extra year of human life GDP and other price-based indices grossly understate real improvements in living standards and quality of life, because they measure only the cost of goods and services, while ignoring real and often substantial improvements in product quality and quality of life. These gains accrue from real advances in social development, including advances in science and technology, improvements in social organization, e.g. the Internet, and globalization. Differences in product quality can cause gross distortions in the measurement of inflation and the price deflators used to compare GDP growth over time. The price of a mans shirt in USA is about the same as it was fifty years ago in current dollars as a result of world trade, which represents a decline in price of 80 in constant dollars. Efforts to measure social progress over time are also impeded by radical changes in the quality of goods, services, jobs and life in general. A 1920 Model-T Ford and 2010 Mercedes or Lexus are both cars, but in other ways they are far from equivalent. Traveling across the USA on horseback in five months or by car or train in five days or plane in five hours are all forms of transportation, but the difference between them cannot be reduced simply to measures of speed and cost. Because of technological advances, a long distance telephone call from USA to India, which cost 1.50 minute in 1975, equivalent to 4.50 today, is now virtually free over Skype and other VOIP services. Similarly, the price of personal computers has declined 90 in real terms since 1990, while their speed has increased 1000 fold and storage capacity 10,000 fold. Advance in social development leads to enhancements in the quality of life which are very difficult to quantify or reduce to monetary terms. These qualitative dimensions are linked to rising levels of education, greater social security provided by private and government-funded insurance programs, improved medical treatment and public health, new forms of entertainment, machines that reduce physical labour, and many other types of comfort and convenience. It is impossible to value in terms of price the impact on quality of life resulting from antibiotics, year-round access to a full range of fruits and vegetables from all over the world, email, the Internet, on-line education and training, social networking, global access to a free encyclopedia like Wikipedia, e-books, i-Pods, cell phones, ATMs, improvements in the quality of automobiles, and countless other social and technological innovations of the past few decades. The nature and quality of employment required to achieve economic security has also changed dramatically. Manual labor on farms and in factories has been largely replaced by white collar categories of employment which are less physically demanding. In the USA, for example, professional, technical, managerial and other categories of white collar employment rose from 24 to 75 of total employment between 1910 and 2010, while employment in crafts, manual labor, farming, mining and household services declined from 76 to 25. Workers engaged in farm labour fell from 18 to under 1. Nearly 25 of all workers in the USA are now engaged in professional, technical and related activities. These qualitative changes continue. In addition, the qualitative value of employment cannot be assessed strictly in terms of physical working conditions, type of labour or compensation. Types of employment differ widely in terms of the social status and self-esteem they carry, a major reason why the more highly educated shun even undemanding, well-paying jobs that they deem beneath their social status. In our effort to scrupulously account for hidden costs such as environmental degradation and social problems, we should not err in the opposite direction by overlooking the enormous hidden gains that have accrued to the entire society. 8. What Are we Trying to Measure GDP and similar measures may be very useful tools for monitoring short term changes in industrial activity over the course of a few years, but they are grossly inadequate to reflect the complex structural changes that occur during the process of social development and the longer term implications and sustainability of the present mode of economic activity. As Giarini reminds us, like other man-made powerful tools, financial information can be either positive or negative, depending on the values it is used to express. The production of powerful tools is one thing, but the definition of their goals and their positive utilization is a matter of human choice and responsibility. 18 Thus, before evaluating the utility of any specific measure, we must be as clear as possible about what those objectives actually are. This naturally raises the question, what are we trying to measure A very wide range of individual indicators are now being monitored which purport to reflect economic and social progress. The OECD regularly monitors indices relating to fertility rates, migration, marriage and divorce, education, unemployment, income inequality, gender wage gaps, social spending, old age replacement rates, poverty, life expectancy, health expenditure, birth weight, infant mortality, health risks, life satisfaction, use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco, strikes, voting, public policies, work accidents, prisoners and many others. In addition there have been numerous attempts in recent decades to formulate composite indices of progress to supplement or supplant GDP, including UNDPs Human Development Index (HDI), the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW), the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI), Environmentally Sustainable National Income (eSNI), Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI), National Accounts of Well-being (NAW), Calvert-Henderson Index, and others. Before examining the utility of these alternatives, it is necessary first to examine more closely the theoretical conceptions and definitions on which they are based. All of these measures attempt to address one or more of the following aspects of progress. These terms are so commonly used today that it is natural to assume that they have standardized meanings, but this is far from the case. 8.1 Economic Growth The term economic growth is widely used with reference to increasing output by an economy as measured by total national income or expenditure, i.e. GNP or GDP. Although most criticism of GDP focuses on what are considered its wrongful inclusions and exclusions, Orio Giarini raises a more fundamental challenge regarding the basic methodology for measuring value and risk in a modern service economy, an issue already discussed in Section 7.1 above. 8.2 Economic Welfare The concept of economic welfare is employed to focus on the impact of economic growth on the material living standards of households and individual citizens, rather than on production. It includes in-kind services provided by government such as subsidized health care and educational services, while excluding defense spending and general government expenses which do not directly contribute to household consumption. 19 It also emphasizes the importance of the distribution of income and wealth in society. Economic welfare is commonly measured in terms of per capita GDP or per capita household consumption expenditure at constant currency value. International comparisons are made in purchasing power parity equivalent. We argue later in this paper that improvements in the measurement of economic welfare can and should be rapidly adopted, which will significantly enhance our understanding of the impact of economic activity on human beings. Sections 10-12 of this paper present a tentative model and supporting data for a new index of human economic welfare (HEWI). 8.3 Social Development The term development is commonly used as a catch-all phrase for something that includes, but extends beyond considerations of economic growth. Socio-economic development is frequently used as a proxy for per capita economic growth measured in real terms. Sometimes it is used with reference to the economic welfare of citizens sometimes more broadly to include non-economic factors such as health, education, life expectancy, social inclusion, gender equity, social cohesion, freedom, democratic participation and good governance and at others with reference to national investments in infrastructure, education, science and technology, energy and other fields deemed essential for national progress. In contrast to this vague general usage, we would argue for making a clear and emphatic distinction between growth and development. Growth represents a horizontal quantitative expansion of existing capacities and activities in society whereas development involves a qualitative enhancement in the structural capabilities of society, an increasing capacity for organization, coordination, and complexity. Growth may be regarded primarily as an economic concept, but development in any field belongs to the wider realm of society as a whole. Growth generates more of the same on a larger scale. Development generates something new and better that was not possible earlier. Development relates to enhancement of social productivity through strategies such as investments in human capital by education and training, enhancement of social capital and organizational capabilities with regard to governance, production, commerce, research, social welfare, etc. technological advancement, greater access to information, and networking between individuals and institutions. Indias dilemma in 1980 discussed earlier highlights the distinction. Improvements in food security, life expectancy, education, and the like represent not only real tangible benefits, but also investments in future generations that cannot be quantified in terms of present income. Although growth of per capita GDP was relatively modest, the overall improvements in quality of life and national capacity were many times greater but they were not reflected by existing measures, because none of these parameters adequately lend themselves to either precise definition or quantification. They can only be assessed on a combination of quantitative and qualitative dimensions, both tangible and intangible. But the problem of defining and measuring development lies even deeper, for it is rooted in underlying, invisible social processes that may be apparent on the surface only long afterwards. A notable instance is a phenomenon which Harlan Cleveland, former US diplomat, educator and World Academy President, observed in East Asia 60 years ago and termed the revolution of rising expectations. There he witnessed a rapid change in social attitudes expressing as higher aspirations, greater dynamism and individual initiative, sweeping aside the sense of resignation, complacency, submission to the status quo which had characterized earlier periods of relative social stagnation. He rightly perceived that this underlying wave of surging human aspirations would dramatically alter the future of East Asia in the decades to come and eventually spread its influence to other parts of the world. His insight reminds us that all economic processes occur on a bedrock social foundation and are ultimately determined by more basic social and cultural attitudes and values. The sudden explosive transformation of Eastern Europe following the fall of the Berlin Wall appears abrupt and unpredictable when viewed in terms of measurable events, but the undercurrents of revolutionary transformation were active long before they manifested on the surface in public life. The relatively recent recognition of the economic power and potential of China, India, and Brazil has a similar character. Measurement of this social process lies beyond the scope of the present study, but we note here that the future evolution of economics and other social sciences will compel us to inquire more deeply into the common principles underlying all social change and to evolve effective measures or indicators that may be very different than those currently in use to measure growth and development. 20 8.4 Sustainable Development and De-growth The Brundtland Commission popularized the term sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their needs. 21 While most commonly used with reference to the ecological carrying capacity of the natural environment, it is also applied with reference to economic, political, technological and social issues, including energy, water, mineral resources, climate, urban congestion, population, pollution, industrialization, technological development, public policy, health, education, and employment. The underlying concept is that both economy and society are constrained by environmental limits. Sustainable development is subject to the same vagaries as the other terms discussed above. Often, it is applied in a context that might more aptly be referred to as sustainable growth. The justification for focusing on sustainability is too obvious to require elucidation. Traditional economics made no distinction between consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources, between productive activities that enhance the environment and those that pollute or destroy it, between those that ensure the security of future generations and those that place human and other forms of life at dire risk. Although most measures of sustainability focus on ecological issues, we would argue that the term applies equally to the development of human capital, where issues such as assured access to education, vocational training, health care and employment opportunities as well as income distribution are also crucial. Views on sustainability differ with regard to future generations. Advocates of strong sustainability argue that the aim must be to ensure that individual stocks of critical natural capital, such as biological diversity, ozone layer, and carbon cycle do not decrease over time as the result of global warming, ozone layer depletion, and land degradation, i.e. each individual critical natural capital has to be maintained. Weak sustainability defines the concept more broadly to encompass economic and social as well as environmental sustainability to ensure that the overall wealth of a society, i.e. the sum of human-capital, knowledge-capital and natural-capital do not decline over time. In recent decades the concept of zero growth or de-growth has gained ground, as a stronger rejection of traditional economic growth. Degrowth challenges the necessity of current modes of consumption and advocates a return to voluntary simplicity of life style, relocalization of economic activities, and decreased energy and other resource consumption. It seeks to reverse national and global production and consumption trends to reduce the overall ecological footprint of human activity. 8.5 Quality of Life, Welfare and Well-being These three terms are sometimes used in combination or interchangeably to reflect the need for a major reorientation of public policy based on the view that economic growth is not an end in itself but a means to a greater end that encompasses social, political, cultural and even psychological needs, aspirations and values of individuals and the social collective. Actions that contribute to higher rates of economic growth and higher living standards may or may not enhance human welfare, well-being, and overall quality of life. The loss of leisure time and sense of community, breakdown of the family and social cohesion, rising incidents of divorce, crime and mental illness, deterioration of social and cultural values are common concerns. This concept emphasizes the value of non-market human activities that do not fall within the monetized economy, such as household and personal services provided by members of the family, home schooling, care for children and the elderly. This broader conception recognizes the value of intangible but vitally important elements of human life, including the sense of security, belonging, social acceptance, self-esteem, and personal fulfillment. 9. Alternative Indices The debate regarding GDP has served a meaningful purpose by helping to shape broader, more sustainable, human-centered conceptions. It has also given birth to a wide variety of alternative indices, each intended to address one or more of the deficiencies inherent in GDP. For example, Eurostat monitors 11 major categories of sustainable development indicators related to socio-economic development, sustainable consumption and production, social inclusion, demographic changes, public health, climate change and energy, sustainable transport, natural resources, global partnership and good governance, but it considers each of them separately, rather than as a composite index. 22 Apart from this there have been numerous attempts to construct composite indices for economic welfare, sustainable development, quality of life and well-being. We examine a few of the most salient in this section. 9.1 Human Development Index (HDI) UNDPs HDI is a composite statistic widely used by international organizations to evaluate and rank countries in terms of three main indicators of economic and social welfare income, health and education attainments utilizing readily available data. The income component adjusts per capita GDP as measured in constant international dollars at purchasing power parity (PPP) for inequality by discounting the income of countries that exceed the world average. Life expectancy at birth is used as an index of health. Educational attainments are measured by a weighted sum of literacy and gross enrollment rates at the primary, secondary and tertiary level, assigning two-thirds weight to the literacy subcomponent. HDI is a relatively simple composite index with a transparent structure that readily lends itself to comprehension and analysis. It is primarily suitable as a normative tool for inter-country comparisons, especially those at the lower end of the scale, rather than as an aid to policy-formation and evaluation. It consists of three main sub-indices designed to measure per capita income, education and life expectancy, each on a scale from 0 to 1.0. Scores on the three sub-indices are averaged to arrive at an overall score for HDI. 23 Since it is based on GDP data, HDI is subject to the same limitations as GDP. The use of an abstract, arbitrary rating scale (0-100) makes it very difficult for the general public to relate to HDIs scores as a measure of welfare. The substantial weightage given to literacy (22.2) seems inordinate considering that literacy is determined in many countries by the ability to read and write ones own name, while 11.1 is given to primary, secondary and tertiary school enrollment rates. HDI does not take into account income inequality or ecological factors. 9.2 Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) GPI is a complex, composite measure consisting of 51 indicators of economic welfare, sustainable development, social welfare and well-being, including consumption income, income inequality, consumer debt, underemployment, environmental degradation, breakdown of families, crime, and the value of non-monetized household and voluntary work. It is based on the personal consumption expenditure component of GDP. It measures changes in inequality rather than absolute levels of inequality based on the Gini coefficient and Income Distribution Index. It also takes into account the costs associated with pollution, resource depletion, crime, car accidents and other defensive expenditures, including loss of leisure time. GPI assigns and incorporates a dollar value for every year of higher education, household work, parenting, volunteering. While GDP data is widely interpreted to show a near tripling of per capita income in the USA during second half of the 20th Century, GPI shows 63 rise from 1950 to 1970, then a gradual leveling followed by flat or negative growth from 1980 to 2000 as shown in Figure 1. The difference between the measures is largely the result of rising marginal costs associated with income inequality, natural capital depletion, consumer durable expenditures, defensive expenditures, undesirable side effects of growth, and net foreign borrowing since 1980 as reflected in GPI. 24 Comparison between GDP and GPI serves as an argument that policy-making and decision-making based on the use of GDP may have been appropriate during 1950-1970, but have since become inadequate and counterproductive. Figure 1: GDP per capita amp GPI per capita 1950-2004 in 2000 GPI is an admirable attempt to assess progress on a wide range of indicators related to human welfare and quality of life. Its main advantage is that, like GDP, it is a currency denominated index and bases itself on GDP consumption data. However, the necessity of combining indicators of economic, social and ecological indicators and of assigning arbitrary monetary value to a wide spectrum of immeasurable and intangible components diminishes its credibility as a real reflection of living standards. Thus far GPI calculations are available for only a handful of OECD countries and a few cities and regions within countries. The difficulty in obtaining reliable data and evolving internationally valid standards for interpretation on a very wide spectrum of economic and social variables, e.g. time spent volunteering, obesity, drug use and mental health make it unlikely that it will gain acceptance as an alternative measure of real economic performance. 9.3 Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) ISEW is a variant of GPI and is also based on GDP personal consumption data. It makes modifications to take into account services that directly influence human welfare, e.g. public non-defensive expenditures, capital formation, domestic services, the cost of environmental degradation and depreciation of natural capital. It applies the Atkinson Index to correct for income inequality. ISEW calculations have been made for Austria, Chile, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Belgium, Italy and USA for the period 1950 to 2000. Figure 2 compares the performance of Italy from 1990 to 2006 as measured by GDP and ISEW. 25 Figure 2: Performance of Italy 1990 to 2006 as measured by GDP amp ISEW 9.4 Weighted Index of Social Indicators (WISP) WISP is a composite index consisting of 40 economic and social indicators of development, welfare and well-being in 10 dimensions economics, welfare, demography, education, health, environment, womens status, cultural diversity, social chaos, and defense. The economic sub-index includes GDPcapita, GDP growth rate, unemployment rate, external debt and Gini index as a measure of inequality. The index has been applied to rank the progress of 16 OECD and developing countries over the period 1970 to 2000. WISP arrives at scores for each of the sub-indices, which are statistically weighted by factor analysis based on an assessment of their relative contribution to social progress. The utility of each of these and many other indices depends precisely on the intended application. GPI and ISEW require data on a wide range of factors that is only available in OECD countries. Data for HDI and WISP are available for all countries. GPI and ISEW can provide useful insights into changes over time within specific OECD countries, regions and urban areas, but are not suitable for cross-country comparisons on a global scale. GPI and ISEW both retain currency value as the unit of measure and GDP consumption related expenditure as the base. HDI and WISP utilize numerical scales unrelated to currency value. HDI is a narrow, partial measure of social development, while WISP is very broad, but lacks depth or precision in the dimensions it encompasses. This brief summary of concepts and composite indices is intended to emphasize the complexity of the challenge we face in striving to evolve more effective measures and the inherent ambiguity of the terms used to describe various conceptions. Each of the composite indices reviewed above incorporates a range of variables that span multiple dimensions of social progress economic welfare, development, sustainability, social welfare and well-being. The remainder of this article focuses on a narrower range of issues more strictly confined to measurement of economic welfare and proposes an alternative composite index somewhat narrower in scope but more proximate in its utility to GDP per capita. 10. Components of Economic Welfare Much of the criticism of GDP as a measure centers around the way it accounts or fails to account for important attributes of economic welfare. In this section we examine the most prominent of these attributes and discuss the desirability and feasibility of effectively incorporating them in a composite index suitable for both cross-country and historical comparisons. 10.1 Household Income and Consumption Expenditure GDP per capita takes into account the value of all financial transactions at market prices, including categories of expenditure such as military spending and general administration that are not directly related to household income and expenditure. Human economic welfare can be more accurately assessed by focusing on that portion of national income which relates directly to households, namely disposable income, consumption expenditure and net savings plus that portion of government expenditure related to health, education, housing, environment and social welfare. For cross-country comparisons, the most widely available and reliable data concerns household consumption expenditure (HCE) and human welfare-related government expenditure (HWGE), which includes government expenditure on education (Ed), health (He), housing and community amenities (HC), social protection (SP), environmental protection (EP), recreation, culture and religion (RCR). This omits expenditure on general public services, defense, public order and safety, and economic affairs. The sum of the above two components is divided by the total population to derive per capita human welfare consumption expenditure (HWEc), which is converted to PPP constant international dollars to facilitate cross-country and historical comparisons. 26 HWE HCE HWGE (Ed He HC SP EP RCR) --------------------- (1) When applied to a cross-section of OECD and developing countries, we find that the value of HWE ranges from a low of 41 of GDP in China to a high of 88 in Russia, but for most of the sample countries it falls between 60 and 80. HCE omits information regarding NHS, net household savings after deducting the total of all debt by households in the country, a crucial piece of information needed to assess overall human welfare and progress. Net household savings reflects the amount of financial capital available for investment by households in their future economic welfare. Combining household expenditure and household savings, we derive personal disposable income per capita (PDI): PDI HCE NHS. Table 1 compares total GDP per capita in 2005 international dollars with human welfare-related household consumption expenditure (HCEc), welfare-related government expenditure (HWGEc), net household savings (NHSc) and personal disposable income (PDI). India has the lowest GDP per capita, 45 less than Chinas, but Indias PDI is only 10 lower. This dramatic change in relative welfare results because Chinese households receive only 50 of national income as PDI whereas Indian households receive 82. This is consistent with the frequent assertion that growth of real wages is being suppressed by undervaluation of Chinas currency. 27 Chinas low HCE is offset by a high rate of capital formation (40), which is twice the USA level and nearly three times the level in Russia, reflecting a strong political commitment to investment in GDP growth. Chinas low level of household consumption expenditure and relatively high household savings rate (24) is fueled by uncertainty over provision of pensions, and the rising costs of healthcare and education. 28 Government welfare-related expenditure (HWGE) is nearly the same in both countries as a percentage of GDP and Indias net household savings rate (30) is 6 higher. These facts indicate that human economic welfare in India and China is much more similar than the wide gap that GDP figures reflects, but they do not invalidate Chinas remarkable economic gains. They only suggest that a larger proportion of those gains have thus far gone for investment in public goods than for the personal consumption and welfare. It may be justifiable as a temporary expediency, but as a long term strategy it can be used to subordinate human welfare to national economic and political power. Table 1: Values for GDP per capita (GDP) vs. household consumption expenditure per capita (HCE), welfare-related government expenditure per capita (HWGE), net household savings per capita (NHS) and personal disposable income per capita (PDI) in 2005 international dollars PPP. Values are for the year 2005. At the upper end of the income spectrum, the GDP of first ranked USA is 28 higher than second ranked UK, while its household consumption expenditure (HCE), which constitutes 70 of GDP, is 37 larger than UKs, which constitutes 66 of GDP. However, when government welfare-related expenditures (HWGE) are taken into account, the gap declines, since HWGE in the UK is 12 of GDP compared to only 6 in USA. UK savings rate was 4 compared with a zero net household savings rate in the USA throughout the first half of the decade due to a rising level of household debt. Overall, UK spends 78 of GDP on human economic welfare (HWE) compared to 76 in USA. Thus, even though PDI is 32 higher in USA, its actual HWE is only 25 higher than UK. As we shall see, the gap in welfare between these countries shrinks even further when other aspects of human welfare are taken into account. In contrast, the GDP of third ranked Germany is 33 lower than USA, while its HWE is 43 less, in spite of the fact that HWGE in Germany (14) is more than twice the USA level. This is explained by the fact that Germans receive a 13 lower share in national income but save a very high portion of what they receive (16). Among OECD countries, PDI ranges from a low of 50 of GDP in Sweden to a high of 76 in Mexico and Turkey. As expected, Sweden has the highest rate of HWGE at 16 as well as the highest proportion of overall government expenditure, 50 higher than in the USA, offset by smaller share of household consumption in GDP. 29 Russias high HCE, HWGE and PDI as a percentage of GDP result from 10 percent growth rate in incomes, a doubling of real incomes and halving of the poverty rate since 2000, a 10 decline in the proportion of income spends on food from 1993-2003, an 18 compounded increase in consumer spending since 2004 reflective of a growing middle class, combined with a low flat rate 13 income tax, subsidized for housing and utilities equivalent of 20 of household income, a 13 savings rate, rising oil prices during that period and rising levels of direct foreign investment. 30. 31 A recent study attributes the very high level of household consumption as a percentage of income to large-scale under-reporting of income data by households. 32 This analysis is intended to bring out the variety of factors that determine the relationship between GDP and human economic welfare and the fallacy of trying to deduce welfare based solely on per capita GDP. These differences point to the need for economic theory and measurement to openly adopt a position on the purpose of economic growth and development. Like any human activity that loses sight of its central purpose and place in the wider scheme of social existence, economic growth for its own sake is subject to diminishing returns and potentially disastrous consequences. Here we are not dealing with impersonal values that are the creation of physical nature, but rather personal values which are wholly the creation of human beings and need to reflect universal human aspirations. We have both the capacity and a responsibility to redefine our concepts to reflect human values. After suffering from scarcity for millennium, it was natural of people to assume that more is always good. Today we are faced with the fallacy in the facile assumption. Everywhere we confront the consequences of unconscious and unconscionable excess that depletes the abundant riches of our natural environment, while concentrating destabilizing accumulations of wealth among the few, an essential cause for the Great Crashes of 1929 and 2008. 10.2 Income Inequality One of the serious criticisms of GDP is its blatant disregard of income distribution. In recent decades income inequality has risen in many cases sharply in most countries in the world. From the 1960s to the 1990s, inequality declined in only 9 out of 73 countries for which data is available. 33 The significance of disregarding the impact of income distribution on economic welfare can be illustrated with reference to the USA, where income inequalities are at their highest levels since 1929. 34 In 1979, the richest 1 of American families took in about 9 of the nations total income by 2007, the top 1 took in 23.5 of total income. During this period, the after-tax income of this group rose by 281, whereas the growth of the middle fifth of households averaged only 25 and the bottom fifth only 16 as shown in Figure 3. 35 At the very least this figure shows the illusory effect of regarding growth of GDP as synonymous with increasing general welfare. In simple terms, this means that the good news about economic progress over the past three decades applied almost exclusively to a small portion of the entire population. Krugman estimates that perhaps as much as 70 of all of the income growth in the United States during the 1980s went to the richest 1 of all families. 36 Figure 3: Percent Change in After-Tax Income since 1979 in USA Thus, it is evident that income distribution is an important determinant of the impact of economic growth on economic welfare. As Stiglitz, Sen and Fitoussi observe in the report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, When there are large changes in inequality (more generally a change in income distribution), gross domestic product (GDP) or any other aggregate computed per capita may not provide an accurate assessment of the situation in which most people find themselves. If inequality increases enough relative to the increase in average per capita GDP, most people can be worse off even though average income is increasing. 37 10.2.1 Impact of Inequality on Economic Welfare High levels of inequality are associated with a wide range of social ills. Studies in the USA show that states with greater inequality in the distribution of income also had higher rates of unemployment, higher rates of incarceration, a higher percentage of people receiving income assistance and food stamps, and a greater percentage of people without medical insurance. The gap between rich and poor was the best predictor of these problems, not the average income in the state. In addition, states with greater inequality of income distribution also spent less per person on education and had lower school completion rates, poorer educational performance, a greater proportion of babies born with low birth weight, higher rates of homicide, higher rates of violent crime, a greater proportion of disabled workers, and a higher proportion of the population being inactive. 38. 39 While income inequality is considerably lower in countries such as Germany and Japan than it is in USA, it is even higher in Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, Mexico, and South Africa and only marginally lower in China and Russia. Indeed, the same distorting impact of income inequality on the validity of per capita GDP is universal. Internationally, high levels of inequality are also associated with lower levels of economic growth, decreasing life expectancy, poorer educational performance, increasing crime rates, higher levels of corruption, and increased macro-economic instability, as well as low levels of development of human capital. 40 Wilkinson and Pickett found that the incidence of health and social problems is higher in countries with higher levels of inequality. 41 Countries at the same level of per capita income vary widely in health and social problems due to differences in income distribution. Income inequality is a more accurate predictor of problems than actual level of income. 42 More equitable distribution is linked to higher levels of economic growth. IMF research confirms the growing recognition that an excessively unequal income distribution may itself be detrimental to sustainable growth. 43 High inequality reduces economic development by slowing poverty eradication, retarding investments in education, and inhibiting entrepreneurship. 44 World Bank and others have drawn attention to health as a factor in economic development. 45 Health is an important determinant of the productivity of human capital. Fogel found that one third or more of the economic growth in England over the past two centuries was attributable to improvements in nutrition. 46 As we have shown above, inequality has detrimental effect on health and life expectancy, thereby decreasing economic growth. Bloom and Canning found that an extra year of life expectancy is associated with a 4 rise in per capita GDP in the long run. 47 They argue that healthy individuals are more efficient at assimilating knowledge and, in consequence, attain higher productivity levels. 48 Employment and income distribution are also closely related. While employment rates and incomes levels tend to be high for educated and skilled workers, unemployment and underemployment are much higher for those with lower levels of educational attainment, especially among youth, the poor and the unskilled in many countries. High levels of inequality are also associated with economic instability. Rising levels of income inequality result in the increasing concentration of wealth, a major source of international currency flows and speculative investments and a contributor to traumatic economic events. Since the rich spend a much smaller proportion of their incomes than other income groups, a rise in income at the top creates fewer jobs and slower growth. In addition much of their earnings are invested in commodities, stocks and real estate, a stimulus to price bubbles. 49 The period 1910-1929 leading up to the Great Crash in the USA was characterized by a near doubling of the share of income going to the top 1 of the income distribution. In the 1920s, 5 of Americans earned a third of the total national income and the top 1 owned an all-time-high 36 of the nations assets. 50 The same phenomenon repeated during the period 1989-2008 immediately preceding the current international financial crisis. Meanwhile, household debt in the USA as a share of GDP increased by 50. While in 1987 the bottom half of American households debt was roughly equivalent to its net wealth, in 2008 its debt was twice the value of its net wealth. 51 Over the past decade, a similar imbalance has occurred internationally, leading to what has been aptly termed a global savings glut. It has been accompanied by weak investment and sluggish consumption. 52 From 1980 to 2006, total international financial flows rose from 12 trillion to 167 trillion, a fourteen-fold increase in 26 years, equivalent to almost three times total world GDP. Since 2004, currency trading has soared 69 to over 4 trillion per day. 53 In 2000, the financial assets held by the wealthiest 7.2 million individuals in the world, representing 0.1 of the worlds population, were valued at US27 trillion, equivalent to almost half of the entire worlds GDP (61 trillion). The assets of the top 200 richest people amount to more than the combined income of 41 of the worlds population. 54 Of course, not all concentration of wealth is detrimental to social progress. It is also the source of huge philanthropic endowments in support of health, education, research and cultural activities by well-known foundations such as Carnegie, Rockefeller, Gates and many others. Charitable donations in the USA were over 300 billion in 2009, equivalent to 2.2 of GDP or about 10 of the total PDI of the top 20 of US households. 55 Although 89 of American households give to charity, a large portion of this comes from the top income group. The impact of income inequality on economic growth and human welfare consumption expenditure is complex and difficult to isolate from innumerable other factors. But the notion that high levels of inequality are necessary for high rates of economic growth is clearly not valid. During the period 1950 to 1973, a period of falling inequality within most countries, the world experienced the fastest rates of economic growth in recorded history, with the exception of subsequent achievements by the Asian Tigers. In contrast, the post-1973 has seen much slower rates of economic growth amid rising levels of income inequality. 56 It is equally evident that high levels of inequality can curtail human economic welfare, as when rural land assets are concentrated in the hands of a landlord class employing landless laborers at subsistence wages. High income inequality can also retard investments in human capital, which are essential for rising living standards. The importance of measuring income inequality is heightened in an age of globalization. Even while inter-country inequalities have declined in some cases, studies by Cornia and Kiiski and others have found increased intra-country inequalities. 57 While the progress of China over the past 35 years is largely responsible for the reduction in cross-country inequality, intra-country income inequality within China as measured by the Gini coefficient rose 30 from 1980 to 2005. 58 Intra-country inequality is also increasing among the wealthiest countries. As UNDP has pointed out, in 1960 the top 20 of the worlds people in the richest countries had 30 times the income (in terms of total GDP) of the poorest 20. This grew to 32 times in 1970, 45 times in 1980, and 59 times in 1989. By 1997, the top 20 received 74 times the income of the bottom 20. While economic growth in the 19th century was largely driven by increasing capital investment in industry, we now live in a world of excess production capacity where growth depends primarily on increasing levels of consumption expenditure, which means that the greatest benefit will accrue from raising the incomes of the 2.8 billion people living on less than 2 per day, who have the highest marginal propensity to consume. 59 10.2.2 Theories of Income Inequality Rising levels of inequality result from multiple causes, including a rising share of capital in total income as well as increases in earnings inequality, rural-urban and regional differences, technology change, trade and financial liberalization, privatization, taxation policies and change in labour market institutions. 60 It is evident that new economic theory is needed to explicate the relationships between these factors and that new empirical research is needed to measure its expressions in different countries and under different circumstances. Barro cites four broad categories of economic theory that have been constructed to assess the macroeconomic relations between inequality and economic growth. These theories can be classed according to the main feature stressed: credit-market imperfections, political economy, social unrest, and saving rates. As he observes, each of these theories has offsetting effects that lead to ambiguous conclusions. Based on his empirical research, Barro concluded that income-equalizing policies might be justified on growth promotion grounds in poor countries, but not necessarily in more prosperous countries. 61 A true perspective on the role of inequality can only emerge when this issue is viewed from the wider perspective of social development theory. Differences in levels of accomplishment can ignite aspirations and act as a powerful spur to growth and development, provided the distance and obstacles are not so great as to discourage effort and generate alienation. Much more theoretical and empirical work is needed regarding the impact of economic inequality on overall levels of economic welfare, sustainable social development, human welfare and well-being. Both theoretical and practical efforts to assess the real impact of economic activity on human welfare at the household level necessitate the inclusion of some measure of income distribution. 10.2.3 Measuring Income Inequality Many economists have long been arguing for inclusion of income distribution in measures of human welfare. The Gini coefficient is the most frequently-used index for assessing differences in inequality between countries and over time. But Gini is a stand-alone figure that is not based on any distributional model. Nor does it tell us where within a population the inequality occurs or the impact of that inequality on human economic welfare of the society. Based solely on net household income, Gini does not accurately reflect differences in wealth. Some countries with a relatively low coefficient of inequality for income have a much higher coefficient for inequality of wealth. Nor does it reflect differences in inequality of opportunity arising from social barriers to upward mobility. In addition, Gini does not take into account non-monetized goods and services, such as the consumption of home-grown food, which is very high among the rural poor in many countries, e.g. estimated at 25 in Russia. Other measures of inequality are subject to similar constraints. The quintile or weighted average method, Atkinson method and max-min method apply alternative approaches which explicitly introduce distributional objectives into measures of inequality. Jorgenson showed how information about consumption expenditure and aversion towards inequality can be combined to yield a measure of living standards. 62 Other measures of inequality include the Hoover Index and Theil Index, each with its own utility and limitations. Hoover measures the proportion of all income which would have to be redistributed to achieve a state of perfect equality on a scale of 0 (perfect equality) to 1 (maximum inequality). Theil is a measure of distributional entropy on a scale of 0 to 1. It takes an 18:82 ratio of income distribution as equal to 0 and a state of maximum entropy in which income earners cannot be distinguished by their resources as equal to 1. Theil has the added characteristic of being decomposable to distinguish between inequality in different sub-regions. 63 The Atkinson Index has the ability to gauge movements in different segments of the income distribution. It can be converted into a normative measure by imposing a coefficient to weight incomes. UNDP and Eurostat monitor inequality by the ratio of total disposable income received by the 20 of the population with the highest income (top quintile) to that received by the 20 of the population with the lowest income (lowest quintile). Gini measures differences in income between a state in which all households in the population have the same income and the Lorenz curve which measures the actual distribution. Country scores on the Gini index range from a low of 23 in Sweden to a high of 60 or more in several African nations. The quintile dispersion method shows that the ratio of the lowest to highest income groups ranges from 3.4 in Japan, 4.3 in Germany, and 4.9 in India, to 8.4 in USA, 10.7 in China, 23.7 in Brazil and 57.6 times in Sierra Leone. 64 Most of these indices are based on complex statistical calculations and summarize inequality in the entire income range. Each provides some insight into the extent and distribution of inequality, but they are not strictly comparable because they have different levels of sensitivity to incomes in different parts of the distribution. 65 For example, Theil and Hoover give contrasting results depending on whether the income distribution is characterized by high or low levels of inequality. Atkinsons sensitivity varies according to the level of inequality and weight assigned to the normative coefficient. Ryscavage applied four of these indices to measure income inequality in the USA from 1967 to 2006 and found significant variations both in the extent of inequality recorded as well as the rate of change over time. 66 One limitation of these methods is that they generate a separate score for income inequality but do not correlate it with actual income level. To overcome this limitation, in 1976 Amartya Sen proposed the Social Welfare Function (SWF), which multiplies mean per capita GDP by one minus Gini to arrive at an adjusted per capita income. SWF GDPc (1-G). An advantage of this approach is that it is a real-valued function which enables monitoring of changes in per capita income in a manner that more closely approximates the actual impact on the majority of households. SWF is a measure of both equality and efficiency. It reflects both overall economic performance as well as income distribution. It can rise as a result either of higher economic performance or more equitable distribution. Mukhopadhaya has proposed an alternative SWF to eliminate its inherent bias toward higher income groups. 67 10.2.4 Maximizing Growth amp Equality Like other measures of inequality, Sens SWF is primarily intended to measure income distribution, not overall economic welfare. There is no justification for concluding that such a perfect state of equality as measured by Gini would lead to the optimal level of economic welfare for the population as a whole. Rather it may lead to a state in which on average everyone is equally less well off. For these reasons, SWF cannot be regarded as an effective measure of human welfare, even if it is found to be an accurate index of income inequality. Moreover, different measures of inequality result in different SWF functions. To illustrate, we compared SWFG based on Gini with SWFT, a similar function using the Theil Index for several countries based on data for the year 2000. For Brazil, SWFT was more than twice as large as SWFG. For UK, it was 46 larger. Promoting greater political, economic and social equality are valid goals in their own right. But our objective here is more limited. It is to measure overall economic welfare, rather than income inequality or social equity. Income inequality, like social status and other forms of social differential, plays both a positive and a negative role in development, as a stimulus to social aspirations and as an impediment to the full and effective utilization of national wealth for human welfare. As Raghuram Rajan, former IMF Chief Economist, observes in his recent book Fault Lines, Not all forms of income inequality are economically harmful. Higher wages serve to reward the very talented and hardworking, identify the jobs in the economy that need the most skills, and signal to the young the benefits of investing in their own human capital. A forced equalization of wages that disregards the marginal contribution of different workers will deaden incentives and lead to a misallocation of resources and effort. 68 Although we know that not all income inequality can be considered detrimental to economic welfare, the precise relationship between equality and efficiency is complex and unknown. We cannot assume that a completely equal distribution of income would lead to optimum social benefits, since beyond a certain level greater equality may discourage innovation, initiative and incentives for higher performance. Indeed, differences in level of attainment act as an essential stimulus to economic progress, as they do to progress in all fields of human activity. We may find, for instance, that the reductions in the income differences between the top and bottom income groups of a population result in higher levels of consumption and employment generation, whereas reduction of inequalities within each subset of total population reduce the motivation for higher performance. Thus, we need to take into account both the negative and positive effects on inequality on human economic welfare. Cornia and Court address the complex relationship between inequality and growth. They define an efficient inequality range as an inequality range that is most efficient for economic growth as depicted in Figure 4. They postulate that this range probably lies somewhere between a Gini value of 0.25 typical of Northern European countries and value of 0.40 in USA and Russia. Any country that intends to maximize poverty reduction should choose the lowest level of inequality (I1) within the efficient inequality range (I1-I2). Aiming for the lower end of range is important because one obtains the same level of growth at lower levels of inequality, but it allows the reduction of poverty at a faster rate. 69 Figure 4: Inequality amp Growth 10.2.5 Economic Welfare Index Note that both Sens SWF as well as Cornia and Courts efficient inequality range focus on economic growth rather than economic welfare of individuals and households, which is the focus of this paper. For this reason, we support efforts to define a variant of the efficient inequality range which is most conducive for human economic welfare, rather than growth per se. We recognize that this range may vary widely between different countries and conditions. Although the exact composition of the range is not known, we can readily conceive of a hypothetical balance between income distribution and incentives for income generation which might achieve the goal of optimizing human economic welfare for the society as a whole. Therefore, we need to adjust SWF for efficiency. We introduce a coefficient of efficiency e. The value of e ranges between 0 and 1. The lower the value of e, the higher the level of inequality required for optimal economic welfare. In addition, it is evident that countries which have already achieved low levels of inequality will have lower values of e than countries presently operating at high levels of inequality. Our approach differs from Sens SWF and others in one other important respect. The indices of inequality discussed above are typically applied to measure income inequality and take GDP as the base. Our objective here is to measure the impact of inequality on levels of welfare-related household consumption expenditure rather than income. Consumption inequality is typically lower than income inequality, because high income households consume a much lower percentage of their total income than low income households. For this reason, we cannot apply income inequality metrics to household consumption in their present form. We need to also adjust SWF by a coefficient c representing the difference between income inequality and consumption inequality in the population. In this paper we propose a new index, the Economic Welfare Index (EWI), which is a modification of Sens SWF designed to reflect that portion of inequality which negatively impacts on economic welfare as measured by household consumption expenditure. EWI is derived by converting Gini into Gec according to formula 2 below. 70 G ec represents that proportion of the Gini coefficient which is compatible with optimal levels of economic welfare as measured by household consumption expenditure. Note that Gec increases as Gini rises, reflecting the fact that high Gini countries have a greater potential for reducing inequality without dampening economic incentives that promote human welfare. G ec is intended to measure income inequality against a standard of optimal welfare inequality, which can be defined as that the lowest level of inequality compatible with the highest level of overall human economic welfare for the society as a whole. EWI is personal disposable income (PDI) multiplied by Gec plus government welfare-related expenditure on households (HWGE). Note that HWGE is not adjusted by Gec since the distribution of government services is far more equitable than the distribution of income and consumption expenditure and is skewed in favor of lower income families. EWI PDI (1 - G ec ) HWGE EWI PDI (1.1 - 0.65G) HWGE This equation adjusts PDI to take into account the impact of inequality on optimal economic welfare. Further research is needed to more precisely determine the value of Gec under different circumstances. Table 2 shows that when adjusted for inequality (G ec ) per capita disposable income (col G - col D) declines by a minimum of 3 in Sweden and 5 in Korea to a maximum of 17 in Brazil and 23 in South Africa. The difference is reduced when we factor in the government human welfare-related expenditure, which is more equitably distributed among the population. In this case five countries actually register a rise in economic welfare as a percentage of GDP by (col I - col D) 3 in Italy and UK, 5 in Japan and Spain, 7 in Germany and 14 in Sweden. This illustrates the problem of viewing per capita GDP or even PDI without factoring in both inequality and welfare-related payments by government. When measured by EWI, the USA still remains the most prosperous nation followed by Germany. Surprisingly we find that while Chinas per capita GDP is 66 higher than Indias, its EWI is only 5 more. This results from the fact that Indias personal disposable income represents 82 of GDP whereas Chinas is only 51. At the upper end, USAs GDP is 28 higher than second ranked UK, but its EWI is only 17 higher than UK and 16 higher than second ranked Germany. Table 2: Values for GDP per capita (GDP), personal disposable income per capita (PDI) and Economic Welfare Index per capita (EWI) in 2005 international dollars PPP, Gini, Gini adjusted constant (G ec ). All values are for the year 2005 10.3 Employment In a market economy where employment is the principal means by which people acquire access to the income needed for goods, services and economic security, unemployment is the severest form of deprivation, akin to political disenfranchisement in a democracy. Policy-makers certainly recognize the potential political power of the unemployed, provided this disparate group could ever get organized. Government officials recognize the linkage between rising levels of unemployment and other social ills such as crime, violence, drug use and social unrest. Wray observes that the direct social costs of unemployment in the USA are equal or greater in value to the financial cost of guaranteeing them employment. 71 Unemployment and underemployment also represent severe forms of wastefulness, waste of human resources. Like other perishable goods, unutilized human capacities tend to degenerate over time, both from want of usage and because of the increasing social alienation and loss of self-esteem associated with unemployment. The remarkable decision of the Government of India to guarantee a minimum of 100 days per year of employment to the 45 million poorest households is testament to the growing recognition of the essential role of employment in human welfare. Yet in spite of these facts, the plight of the unemployed is largely ignored by traditional income measures of human welfare and by many broader indices of social progress. Eurostat includes six individual measures of employment and unemployment in the list of Sustainable Development Indicators which it monitors. But of the composite indices discussed in Section 6, only WISP incorporates a direct measure of unemployment. The Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life indicators include 10 different measures of employment and unemployment, but it relies on data that is available in the USA and only a few other countries. One obvious reason for the omission of unemployment in aggregate measures of human welfare is the difficulty that arises in assigning a market value to unemployment. Reliable measures of unemployment are themselves difficult to obtain. Even in OECD countries, the official figures mask the fact that large numbers of people have dropped out of the job market in discouragement and resignation. When underemployment is taken into account, actual levels may be considerably higher than official figures. 72 A study in Australia in 2003 found that 25 of part-time workers sought an average of 37.5 longer working hours. 73 These studies cannot detect what ILO terms invisible underemployment, which refers to situations where workers were not fully using their skills in their current employment (because the job itself is low-skill andor the worker is idle part of the time). In most developing countries where the informal sector predominates, official figures are even less reliable. In India, for example, the informal sector accounts for about 90 of total employment. Government is simply unable to monitor what is happening to huge numbers of new entrants to the workforce, although rising wage levels and increasing shortages of labor suggest that job growth equals or may even exceed growth of the labour force. To illustrate the magnitude of the problem, while ILO figures report an average unemployment rate in India of 2 during the period 2000, an Indian government expert task force concluded the actual figure was 7.3. 74 For the purposes of this study, ILO data has been used for all countries. It may be argued that the impact of unemployment on human welfare is already reflected in per capita GDP and measures of inequality, making inclusion of a separate index redundant. However, a recent ILO study confirms that this is not the case. No clear link emerges between overall changes in employment and inequality. Some countries have created many jobs and at the same time income inequality increased significantly. Other good employment performers saw stable or even declining income inequality. to some extent, this reflects the diverse nature of the jobs created. 75 Over the past two decades, relatively robust growth in employment has been accompanied by rising levels of inequality. The ILO report attributes this finding to changes in the structure of employment, including an increase in part-time, temporary and informal employment. Furthermore, in recent years there is a growing prevalence of jobless growth, a condition in which GDP rises but unemployment remains high. For these reasons, we argue that separate indices of employment and unemployment need to be incorporated in a composite index of economic welfare. The task of accounting for the economic impact of unemployment is complicated by the fact that there are different types of unemployment and not all types have equal impact on economic welfare. Workers aged 15 to 24 represent about a quarter of the worlds labour force, ranging from 8 to 16 in Europe and North America to 18 in China, 23 in India and 28 to 30 in most parts of Africa. Youth employment is of crucial importance since it reflects on the capacity of the society to generate sufficient job opportunities for the next generation and to prepare them adequately to avail of the opportunities. In marked contrast to previous recessions, rising levels of long term unemployment is a striking characteristic of the current economic downturn in the USA and other OECD countries. In the USA, 46 of the unemployed have been out of work for more than six months and their jobs are unlikely to come back. 76 Measures of long term unemployment, as well as the average length of unemployment in that group, provide valuable information regarding economic welfare and security. The problem of long term unemployment is compounded by high levels of unemployment among those 55 years of age or older, as a result of age discrimination when jobs are scarce, increasing obsolescence of skills as a by-product of rapid technological advancement, and the economic dislocation experienced by transition economies. Today 2.2 million American workers over 55 are unemployed, half of them long term, and the poverty rate among this group has risen significantly. 77 Increasing life expectancy magnifies the problem of those above 65 years of age who are compelled to retire but do not have adequate savings or pensions to ensure economic security during an extended period of retirement, as well among those who are still healthy and eager for gainful employment. In addition to differences in levels of unemployment, countries also vary enormously in the overall employment-to-working-age-population-ratio (EPR). EPR is an important index of the utilization of human resources. From 1970 to 1990 the employment-to-population ratio (EPR) for those 65 years and above fell dramatically in OECD countries but it has since begun to rise again in many countries, with the exception of Europe. In an effort to raise 20 million people out of poverty, the European Union has committed to raising EPR for the age group 20-64 by 6 by 2020. Low EPR in OECD countries usually reflects a low level of participation by women in the workforce as the result of cultural tradition and gender discrimination. Low EPR for 15-64 age group can also results from high levels of tertiary education. EPR for many developing countries is higher than OECD rates, usually because of the large percentage of the workforce engaged in agricultural operations. Therefore measures of EPR for the age group 25 may be considered more reliable. ILO is the only source of EPR data for all countries and they use an open ended measure for population aged 15 and 25. One advantage is that it does not place an arbitrary limit on retirement age. Data for both employment and unemployment rates for most developing countries are based on rough estimates or sample surveys, which are inherently unreliable. Note that these problems are not confined to developing countries. They are universal. This month the Government of Japan reported that more than 230,000 Japanese centenarians listed on government records cannot be located. Many are believed to be dead, some for decades. 78 Significant changes over time in the reported employment and unemployment rates may be a more reliable index than the absolute numbers. An adequate index of employment should also reflect the capacity of the economy to create new jobs. Net employment generation tells us whether the economy is creating more job opportunities and whether or not their number is sufficient to compensate for the increasing number of new entrants to the workforce. Two countries with the same unemployment rates may differ significantly in their capacity for job creation. For example, Argentina and Germany both reported unemployment rates of 11 in 2005, but the total number of new jobs in Argentina grew by 4.3 over the previous year compared with only 0.3 in Germany. The present economic theory accords greater importance to production and efficiency than it does to the value of human beings and ignore employment. Is this value system essential or inevitable Granted that there are real obstacles to effective measurement, efforts to take into account this crucial aspect of economic welfare are essential for the development of more reliable measures. Unemployment is both an economic and a social problem. Gender or racial discrimination in employment, rising rates of crime and violence, loss of self-esteem and alienation arising from absence of social status and identity are important social aspects of the issue. Obviously, there is a need to develop a new economic theory Here we attempt to develop an index that focuses more narrowly on the impact of employment on the economic welfare of the population. 10.3.1 Full Employment Index The interaction between employment, education, disposable income, government welfare-related expenditure and income inequality is complex and multi-directional. We know that rising levels of unemployment reduce disposable income, increase inequality and stimulate transfer payments to some extent. More difficult to measure is the impact of under-employment, which may be many times higher than the actual unemployment rate, and part-time work, which can be the result of either personal preference or lack of opportunities. Changes in demography, social attitudes and living standards also powerfully influence long term employment trends. An index that partially reflects the impact of unemployment on economic welfare can provide useful insights and guidance to policy-makers when viewed as a complement to monitoring of incomes, inequality and education. Taking into account the paucity of reliable data on some dimensions of the issue, we propose a composite index for Full Employment (FEI) which includes four sub-indices. Employment-Population Index EPI is arrived at by taking the Employment-Population ratio for those aged 25 and converting it into a scale from 0.01 to 1.0, assuming that 66 EPR represents full employment. 79 Note the cutoff level for full employment rises to 80, if EPR is considered for aged 25-64 only. Adult Employment Index AEI measures the rate of employment among members of the labour force aged 25. The adult unemployment rate is derived by deducting from total employment and unemployment data, those under 25 years of age. 80 Adult underemployment is estimated by taking twice the level of adult unemployment. Our justification for doubling the unemployment rate is to take into account hidden underemployment and unemployment of discouraged workers who have dropped out of the labour market. Thus, AEI 1- 2(AUR). Youth Employment Index YEI measures the rate of employment among members of the labour force aged 15-24. It is derived by taking 1 minus the youth unemployment rate (YUR). In recognition of the great importance of providing employment opportunities to the young generation, we have assigned a weight to YEI equal to that of AEI, even in cases where the actual proportion of youth in the work force is far less than 50. YEI 1 - YUR. Job Creation Index JCI measures the net rate of change in total employment year-to-year. JCR measures the net change in the total number of jobs from year to year, which serves as the basis for the index JCI. JCI (1 JCR) JCI 1 (( TE2-TE1)TE1), where TE1 amp TE2 are total employment in the previous and subsequent year. A value less than one for JCI signifies a decline in total employment from the previous year. A value of more than one signifies an increase in employment. Thus, a grow rate of employment of 10 would be indicated by a value of 1.10. Full Employment Index FEI is equal to the average of the four sub-indices as shown below. FEI (EPI AEI YEI JCI)4 Table 3 presents several key indices of employment which are periodically monitored by almost all countries. The table is divided into two halves. The left side contains data for total unemployment rate (TUR), youth unemployment rate (YUR), employment to population ratio age 25 (EPR), and net job creation rate (JCR) given as percentages. The right side contains the derived indices for youth employment (YEI), adult employment (AEI), employment to population (EPI), job creation (JCI) and the composite Full Employment Index (FEI), which is the average of the four sub-indices. Note that a high FEI does not mean there is no further scope for improving the quality or number of employment opportunities. It only signifies that unemployment as measured by these parameters has relatively low impact on consumption expenditure and income inequality. 81 Country FEI scores range from a high of 96 in Mexico, India and China to a low of 69 in South Africa. We realize that data for these calculations from developing countries is notably unreliable, but OECD countries are not exempt from reliability problems. To some extent the tendency to underestimate the magnitude of unemployment is offset by the fact that higher unemployment will also express as lower levels of PDI and higher levels of inequality, both of which result in lower overall rankings on the composite index, which includes EWI and employment. Between 2005 and 2009, the FEI for USA fell from 94 to 91, as a result of a doubling of total unemployment in the country. This figure underestimates the total impact of the current economic downturn, but here too the impact would also be reflected in a lower EWI. The very low FEI of 69 for South Africa results from a high total unemployment rate of 27 combined with an even higher unemployment rate of 54 among youth, who constitute 33 of the labour force. Table 3: Employment sub-indices and FEI for selected countries for the year 2005 Figure 5: Youth Employment Index 1985-2005 Figure 5 shows 20 year trends in youth unemployment for select countries as measured by YEI (1.00 full employment). We find the sharpest drop in YEI for Sweden from 0.93 to 0.77. The oscillation in YEI for Sweden and Spain require further analysis. YEI is relatively constant over time in Korea and India, in spite of a huge surge in the under 25 population, and rising most dramatically in Spain from 0.56 to 0.80 and Italy from 0.66 to 0.76 Table 4 shows historical trends on FEI from 1985 to 2005 for select countries. This table will be referred to for the historical analysis of HEWI in Section 10 of this paper. Table 4: Historical trends on FEI from 1985 to 2005 for select countries 10.4 Education Education is rightly regarded as an essential component of overall human development and well-being. Our objective here is confined to measurement of human economic welfare, rather than human development per se. Here too, education needs to be included, since the relationship between education and incomes is well documented. Cross country studies indicate that an extra year of school is associated with a 30 increase in per capita income as shown in Figure 6. 82 Throughout the world, higher levels of education are also associated with higher levels of employment and higher income. An extra year of schooling increases earnings from 6 to 14. 83 Other studies reveal a very high correlation between education and per capita GDP in both developed and developing countries, as measured by UNDPs composite education index. 84 Figure 6: Years of Schooling amp Country GDP Rising levels of education are also associated with lower levels of unemployment. In the USA those with a high school diploma earn 42 more and had an unemployment rate 36 lower than those without a high school diploma. 85 In the Czech Republic, unemployment among university graduates is only 2 compared with 23 for those who did not finish secondary school. 86 University graduates in Norway and Hungary earn 26 and 117 more respectively than those who only finish secondary school. 87 All of the individual and composite measures referred to above incorporate indices for education, though the rationale and approach varies. HDI allocates one-third of its total weightage to measures of literacy and school enrollment, in the proportion literacy (23) and primary-secondary-tertiary school enrollment (13). The heavy weightage assigned to basic literacy in HDI appears disproportionate, especially considering the way literacy is defined and measured in many developing countries. GPI assigns a dollar value to each year of higher education. ISEW includes 50 of all public and private expenditure on higher education in its calculation of total consumption expenditure. While this may be suitable for an index applied solely to OECD countries, for global application and cross-country comparisons, the exclusive focus on higher education seems somewhat arbitrary, since many developing countries have yet to achieve universal enrollment at lower levels. 88 While educational enrollment rates have risen dramatically over the past five decades, there is still a significant proportion of the worlds population that lacks this most fundamental asset for improving their economic welfare. Still more than 100 countries have not yet achieved 90 net enrollment rates for primary education and of these 44 are still below 80. In Sub-Saharan Africa the average is under 70. Only 12 countries in the world have achieved net secondary education enrollment rates of 90 or higher. Tertiary enrollment among those in the five year age group beyond secondary school ranges from less than 1 to a high of 92 in Korea. Only 24 countries have rates of 50 or higher, 86 countries have rates of less than 25, and 53, rates of less than 10. 89 Enrollment rates are at best a very crude measure of educational attainment, often concealing as much as they reveal of true progress toward universal education. Recent surveys report that the average reading ability of Indonesian school students is equivalent to that of the lowest 7 of French students, the average math ability of Brazilian school students is equal to the abilities of the bottom 2 of Danish students, 31 of Indian students who completed the lower primary cycle could not read a simple story and 29 could not do two-digit math problems. In Ghana, only 25 of 15-19 year olds score more than 50 on a test of one and two digit math questions. Despite the countrys top rank in terms of total spending on education, U.S. students scored lower on science literacy than their peers in 16 of the other 29 OECD jurisdictions and 6 of the 27 non- OECD jurisdictions. 90 While any attempt to assign economic value to education must be subjective, abstract numerical scales such as HDI and cost-based measures such as GPI fail to take into account the direct contribution of education to economic performance and living standards. In constructing an index of economic welfare, we focus instead on the role of education as an investment in future economic performance. Rather than trying to assign arbitrary value to each year of education, we consider current economic performance as a result and reflection of the past educational attainments of the workforce. A rise in the average levels of education today represents an investment that will reflect in higher economic performance in the future. Since the essential purpose of an indicator is to promote effective policy-making and action, an indicator that factors in rising levels of investment in education assigns value to actions today that will contribute to future economic welfare. 10.4.1 Combined Education Index The Combined Education Index (CEI) assesses the changes in school enrollment rates for primary, secondary and higher education over time as a measure of changes in the future capacity of society to generate human welfare. Regarding economic performance as a function of education, we adjust current level of economic welfare by an index that reflects the change in the enrollment rate at primary, secondary and tertiary levels over a period of time. Data on enrollment levels is notably unreliable in many countries compounded by over and under age students and home schooling. Even countries with advanced statistical systems such as USA are subject to major inaccuracies in the data. 91 Calculations are based on the gross enrollment rates for primary (PER), secondary (SER) and tertiary (TER) as normalized by UNDP for the combined enrollment rates (CGER) used in the Human Development Index. 92. 93 In consideration of the increasing importance of higher education in economic development and welfare, the index assigns double weightage to changes in tertiary rates. We designate this modified CGER as CER H . 94 CER H 0.33 PER 0.23 SER 0.44 TER In recognition of the time lag between acquisition of education and its impact on economic activity, we define the Combined Education Index (CEI) through CER n . CER n measures the absolute change in combined enrollment levels over time (equation 6a). CEI measures the cumulative impact of that change on human economic welfare at any point during 25 years in time subsequent to the change in CER H . As the more educated youth enter the workforce and the impact of rising levels of education gradually impacts on actual GDP and HWE, the factor multiplying CER n . i.e. 1, 0.9, 0.81 etc. for past educational achievements declines proportionately, because over time the impact of earlier education enrollment comes to be reflected in GDP and in our HWE. As an example, CEI (2005) for Sweden for year 2005 is given by: Table 5: CEI of selected countries 2005 Table 5 shows the CEI of selected countries for 2005. Korea achieved a CEI of 1.16 as a result of a 67 rise in CER from 1975-1995, including a 478 rise in tertiary enrollment from 9 in 1975 to 52 in 1995. Its CER rose by 28 from 1995 to 2005. Sweden also recorded a CEI 2005 of 1.16 as a result of a 44 rise in CER for 1980-2005. The CEI 2005 for UK was 1.10, primarily as the result of a 165 rise in tertiary enrollment during the 1975-1995 period from 19 to 50. UKs TER rose by another 20 between 1995 and 2005, but the impact will reflect in CEI values only from 2006 onwards. Other countries still have enormous scope for raising CER at primary and secondary level. Indias net secondary enrollment rate is 90. Another 91 countries have net SER lower than India. It is noteworthy that of the countries studied, the five which recorded the highest growth rates in CEI were all OECD countries that had already attained high absolute levels of enrollment, signifying the scope for further progress on CEI even at the top of the scale. As a reflection of this potential, high school drop-out rates in US have declined by a third since 1995. 95 Tertiary enrollment in USA (82) now lags behind Korea (92) Japan (55) and Italy (64) still have considerable scope for progress. The high quality of education is shown by several other indicators, e.g. the ranking of the best universities and through indicators assessing research and development productivity. According to these scores the USA, the UK, Japan and Germany are at the very top. Nevertheless, none of such indicators are useful for assessing economic progress toward achieving welfare and human well-being and therefore, they have not been included. Table 6: Changes in CEI from 1985 to 2005 for select countries Table 6 presents changes in CEI from 1985 to 2005 for select countries. The left hand columns provide the actual CERH enrollment figures for 1980 to 2005 and the total change over 25 years (CER H25 ). The center column measures the overall 25 year index for CER H25 from 1980-2005 (e.g. a value of 1.50 indicates 50 rise in CER H over 25 years, equivalent to 2 a year). The right hand section shows the average rate of enrollment growth as measured by CER from 1980 and 2005. Korea recorded the highest 25 year average (1.70) followed by Sweden (1.40). The USA and Japan recorded the lowest level of improvement over time (1.20), although its absolute levels of enrollment in 2005 rank only second to Korea. CEI does not address the very important issue of quality of education, which varies very widely both within and between countries. Since 2000, PISA, Programme for International Student Assessment, has been measuring performance of 15 year olds on reading, mathematics and science literacy. Currently 30 OECD and 27 non-OECD countries are participating. China and India are not included. Future versions of CEI may be modified to incorporate the qualitative dimension of education based on PISA. Our approach does not diminish the inherent value of education as an endowment in its own right or its wider contribution to social development, human welfare and well-being. Our purpose here is only to recognize its role as an investment in future economic welfare. 10.5 Environment The startling findings presented in the Club of Romes report Limits to Growth alerted the world to the imminent danger inherent in the economic model prevalent at the time. Since then many things have changed, but the fundamental premise remains valid. Here, too, a new theoretical framework is needed which recognizes environmental sustainability as an essential component of sustainable human welfare and identifies the principles by which these apparently disparate objectives can be most effectively reconciled. It is not sufficient to say that we cannot sustain current levels of resource consumption or call for a halt in economic growth. We must also take into account the changing composition of economic activity from products to services, the impact of technological advances that develop new energy sources and increase energy efficiency, the impact of education and culture on resource consumption, the rising aspirations of the developing world, and factors influencing changes in life style, as well as the political and social sustainability. New theory means new thought, new conception. Our view of the relationship between human activity and our natural environment must change radically. M. Max-Neff pointed out that over time more and more economic activity is self-canceling from a welfare perspective. For every society there seems to be a period in which economic growth brings an improvement in the quality of life, but only up to the point the threshold beyond which, if there is more economic growth, quality of life may begin to deteriorate. 96 The abrupt differences between GDP and several other indicators, e.g. energy consumption, quality of life, and happiness, etc. are similar manifestations of the Max-Neff effect. 97 Historical analyses may show that GDP was a very good indicator to achieve political and economic objectives earlier in the last century but today it leads to wrong conclusions and bad decisions resulting in destruction of the environment, missed opportunities and misuse of human capital. Nevertheless, many argue that GDP is correlated with several important socioeconomic indicators, e.g. there is a linear correlation between GDPcapita and personal well-being of EU member states. 98 Correlations do not and cannot prove that any indicator is reliable and that policies and decisions based on that indicator are not wrong. Rankings by GPI and ISEW as well as International Index of Social Progress (IISP) drastically differ from GDP, e.g. the USA is ranked 27th according to IISP. 99 Many attempts have been made to incorporate measures of sustainability in composite indices. GPI and ISEW discount consumption for the depletion of or damage to environmental resources by deducting estimated costs associated with water, air and noise pollution as well as those resulting from the loss of wetlands, farmland, primary forests, CO2 damage and ozone depletion. Natural resources depletion is valued by measuring the investment necessary to generate a perpetual equivalent stream of renewable substitutes. Sen and Stigliz observed that these and similar measures such as Green GDP do not characterize ecological sustainability per se or assess how far we are from achieving sustainability targets. 100 Another composite index, the Ecological Footprint (EF), attempts to measure the impact of human activities on the regenerative capacity of the biosphere by calculating the amount of biologically productive land and water area required to support a given population at its current level of consumption and resources. EF couches the results in units of land rather than market prices. These approaches offer valuable insight into the true costs and sustainability of current economic activity. At the same time they introduce elements of complexity and subjective valuation which prevent their widespread acceptance and adoption as the basis for policy-making. They also depend on access to reliable data which is not available for most countries. There is certainly a need for indices that assign value to natural resources and the costs associated with pollution, as well as the inherent risks and uncertainties of current economic models. While recognizing the value of these comprehensive efforts to sustainable economic activity, the authors propose a more modest and limited approach to factoring environment concerns into a composite index of economic welfare, one which can be adopted worldwide based on available data. For this purpose, we focus on a single dimension of sustainability, fossil energy efficiency. Eurostat includes the ratio between the gross inland consumption of energy (coal, electricity, oil, natural gas and renewable energy sources available for consumption) and the GDP as an index of energy efficiency. From 1980 to 2007, energy efficiency as measured by GDP per unit of energy consumed in 2005 international dollars has improved substantially, ranging from an increase of 25 in Japan and 27 France to 71 in India and USA, 88 in UK and 200 in China. 101 This indicator reveals a progressive decoupling of energy use from GDP growth as the result of the shift from industry towards services and within industry to less energy-intensive activities the closure of inefficient, high-polluting units as well as end-use efficiency gains, such as lower energy-consuming appliances. The objective here is to measure human economic welfare rather than sound environmental practices or quality of life per se, however important these goals may be. Sustainability of economic activities is an essential aspect of economic welfare. Therefore, it is essential that it be reflected in any measure of economic welfare. The authors propose an Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) designed to promote policy-decisions that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels, while promoting improvements in the overall efficiency of all forms of energy consumption as a contribution to economic sustainability. The index takes into account only energy generated from fossil fuel sources, since fossil fuel based energy consumes non-renewable resources and releases CO2 into the atmosphere. Some may argue that the effort to assign value to reduced dependence on fossil fuels is necessarily subjective and arbitrary, and therefore inappropriately included in a composite measure of economic welfare. This points to the underlying insufficiency of the prevailing economic concept of value discussed in Section 4 of this paper. As Orio Giarini has so aptly stressed, economic value in a modern service economy cannot be divorced from risk and uncertainty. No greater risk or uncertainty confronts economy today than the future risks of ecological disaster. We need only reflect on the central purpose and methods of valuation employed by the insurance industry to realize that we assign concrete economic value to risks and uncertainties all the time. That value may be related to the anticipated costs of avoidance or the costs of remediation or some less tangible value of security. In order to assess efficiency of energy usage for economic welfare rather than for economic growth, EEI is based on the ratio of fossil fuel energy consumption (FFEC) to total human economic consumption expenditure (HWE) not to GDP. EEI is calculated as the percentage change in the ratio of fossil fuel energy consumption to HWE over time. Like education, investments in energy generation have a long gestation period, which ranges from about one year for wind turbines to 5 years or more for nuclear power, and an even longer period of utilization, which averages 30 years. Thus, each increase in the percentage of fossil fuel energy efficiency represents a long term investment in sustainability with repercussions for many years to come. Since improvements in energy efficiency can also be achieved by short term measures such as use of energy efficient lighting or refrigeration, we estimate the life span of the enhancements as a much shorter period of 10 years, though it is probably much higher. The index measures the changes in fossil fuel energy efficiency over time, where FFEC 1 and FFEC 0 represent fossil fuel energy consumption in year one and the previous year, and HWE 1 and HWE 0 represent human welfare consumption expenditure year one and the previous year. FFER is the ratio of fossil fuel energy consumption to HWE. FFER 1 is the change in the ratio for year one. FFER - 1 is the change in the ratio the previous year. FFER -2 . etc. are defined analogously. EEI for any year assigns present value (VFFER) to changes in FFER during the previous 10 years as represented by FFER -1 . FFER -2 . FFER -10 . VFFER starts with a value of 1 and diminished at the rate of 0.1 per year. Thus, VFFER-1 1, VFFER-2 0.9, VFFER-3 0.8. VFFER-11 0.0. Energy Efficiency Index EEI1 1 - (0.1 x FFER -1 ) (0.2 x FFER -2 ) . (1.0 x FFER -10 ) As EEI increases, the number within brackets becomes more negative in value. EEI increases either as a result of improving overall energy efficiency per unit of HWE or by replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy sources, i.e. either by decreasing FFEC or by increasing HWE. Table 7 shows the fossil fuel consumption (FFEC) per unit of human consumption expenditure (HWE), FFEC as a of total energy consumption, and the derived Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) for select countries. FFEC as a of total energy indicates the extent of dependence on fossil fuel energy sources vs. renewable energy sources, which ranges from a low of 36 in Sweden to a high of 93 in China. 102 FFEC per unit of HWE (in constant 2005 intl dollars) ranges from a low of 4683 btu per dollar in Sweden to a high of 30,386 btu in China, a factor of 6.4. About 60 of this difference is the result of Swedens lower dependence on fossil fuel energy sources in comparison to China. The remainder of the difference is due to Swedens higher overall energy efficiency. EEI measures the change in the FFECHWE ratio between 1995 and 2005. Values greater than 1.0 indicate decreasing use of fossil fuels andor increasing HWE. While Chinas FFEC rose by 90 during this period due to a huge expansion of manufacturing capacity, HWE rose 104, resulting in an EEI of 1.04. Russias FFEC rose only 5 during the same period, while its HWE rose by 54, resulting in an EEI of 1.05. The full benefits of these improvements will only be reflected by 2015. We were unable to include Russia in Table 8, due to the absence of reliable data during the period immediately prior to and subsequent to the breakup of the USSR. Thus, data on Russias EEI for the period 1995-2005 must be taken with caution. Table 7: Total energy consumption per (2000) dollar GDP, Fossil fuel consumption (FFEC) per unit of human consumption expenditure (HWE), FFEC as of total energy consumption, and the derived Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) for select countries. FFECHWE is in BTU per (2005) dollar. HWE is in constant 2005 PPP. Values are calculated for year 2005 Indias FFEC rose by 42 while its HWE rose by 72, resulting in an EEI of 1.06. Spains FFEC rose 54 while its HWE rose only 46, resulting in a decline in overall fossil fuel energy efficiency as reflected by an EEI of 0.94. Of the countries studied, the only other one to report a decline in energy efficiency was Brazil with a CEI of 0.98. 103 Three countries USA, UK and Sweden registered EEIs of more than 1.10. Table 8 presents historical data on changes in fossil fuel energy efficiency per unit of economic welfare from 1975 to 2005 as measured in terms of energy units per unit of HWE. It also shows the historical values for EEI from 1985 to 2005 and a 30 year average of the change in FFECHWE (EEI30). Of the nine countries studied, only Korea and India recorded a decline in fossil fuel energy efficiency over the period 1975-2005, as reflected in EEI30 values of less than 1.00. China registered the largest improvement over the 30 year period (65), followed by Sweden (63), UK (57) and USA (56). Table 8: Trends in Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) from 1985 to 2005 for select countries. FFECHWE is in BTU per dollar 11. Human Economic Welfare Index (HEWI) Based on the analysis discussed above, we propose the creation of a new composite index that focuses on the economic dimension of human welfare. This approach can be fairly criticized as too narrow, since it gives less prominence to the issue of long term sustainability than alternatives such as GPI and ISEW. We acknowledge the validity of the criticism, but argue that an index is a tool whose ultimate value must be judged by its utility. Other indices may offer greater insight, but their inherent complexity and subjectivity as well as the difficulty in obtaining data diminishes their value as a tool for policy-making and international comparisons. This index has been constructed with the following objectives: each component indicator should be reliable, easily and promptly available, sensitive, robust, and uniquely related to its own objective the components should be incorporated in the composite index in such a manner that there is no cancellation and in contrast to more comprehensive composite indicators, the number of sub-indices should be kept to the minimum possible. These objectives have been only partially met. 11.1 Characteristics of HEWI 1. It is denominated in international dollars adjusted for purchasing power parity. 2. It is based on data that is currently maintained by international organizations and available for 70 countries. Though we have already emphasized that some of the data is not entirely reliable, it is the best and most consistent available and free from value assessment. 104 3. It is meant for use as a tool, as a policy-instrument and education of the public. Improvements in performance on HEWI are designed to broadly reflect real improvements in present and future welfare. 11.2 Limitations in HEWI It may be useful at the outset to clarify some of the limitations in this approach. 1. It partially overcomes the distorting impact of GDP by focusing on those aspects of national income that directly benefit human beings, but it does not adjust the value of national product to reflect non-monetized activities, risk and uncertainty, price distortions and the true value of quality. The absence of qualitative measures is especially relevant for assessment of progress on education and employment. 2. It is a rough indicator of sustainable development, since it does not fully reflect the real costs and risks associated with over-consumption of natural resources, pollution and other ecological, social and political issues. 3. It measures economic change, not social development, by monitoring some key determinants of sustainable economic welfare. It does not attempt to assess the underlying social, organizational, technological and cultural factors that contribute to the capacity of society to adapt and evolve over time or to the impact of social change on life styles, happiness or psychological fulfillment. 4. As with any index for international comparisons, it is constrained by the paucity and low quality of the information related to personal disposable income, inequality, employment and education. 11.3 Components of HEWI HEWI improves upon GDP per capita as a measure of human economic welfare in six ways: 1. Personal Disposable Income (PDI) It focuses on that part of national income which directly accrues to households and individuals for promoting human welfare, thereby avoiding the tendency to value growth for growths sake. 2. Human Welfare Expenditure (HWE) It focuses only on that part of private and public expenditure that directly promotes the welfare of human beings. 3. Income Inequality (EWI) It adjusts per capita income to reflect the impact of income inequality on household economic welfare. 4. Full Employment (FEI) It takes into account levels of employment and unemployment which directly impact on personal economic welfare and utilization of human capital. 5. Combined Educational Enrollment (CEI) It considers the future economic impact of current investments in education. 6. Energy Efficiency (EEI) It includes a measure for changes in fossil fuel energy efficiency over time as an index of ecological risk and sustainability. Each of these components has been discussed separately in Section 10. This section summarizes each sub-index, discusses how they can be assembled into a composite index, and examines comparative data. 11.4 Sustainability HEWI is based on a broad conception of sustainability that incorporates economic, ecological and social factors. It is structured to give balanced weightage to current and future welfare. In addition to measuring personal disposable income and welfare-related consumption, it monitors two negative components that limit present welfare income inequality and unemployment and three positive components that have the potential to significantly enhance long term sustainability education, energy efficiency and net household savings. Income inequality is viewed as a constraint on growth of consumer demand, which limits present consumption and employment. Unemployment is viewed as a constraint on the full utilization of human resources and social productivity, which limits the economic welfare of both the unemployed and the rest of society. Rising levels of education are viewed as an investment in human capital that promotes future economic welfare. Rising levels of fossil fuel energy efficiency are viewed as an investment in physical capital that supports future ecological welfare. Net household savings provides the financial basis for future investment and human welfare consumption. Figure 7: Dimensions of sustainable economic welfare 12. Composite HEWI The design of the component sub-indices and composite index are intended to provide a tool that is of maximum value for policy and decision-making. 12.1 Consumption Expenditure (HWE) HWE represents the consumer and household-related components of GDP that most closely relate to the welfare of human beings. Comparative data for all countries is taken primarily from the UN, which presently maintains national accounts information in a common standard format for 70 countries. The calculation of HWE starts with the household consumption expenditure (HCE) component of GDP as the base, thereby omitting other GDP components related to capital formation, change in inventories, imports and exports. It then adds in those categories of government expenditure directly related to personal welfare (HWGE), including education (Ed), health (He), housing and community amenities (HC), social protection (SP), environmental protection (EP), recreation, culture and religion (RCR), thereby omitting expenditure on general public services, defense, public order and safety, and economic affairs. The sum of the above two components is divided by the total population to derive the per capita HWE. Then per capita HWE is adjusted for 2005 international dollars PPP. HWE serves as the baseline which is adjusted by the other four sub-indices. On average the value of HWE ranges between 60 and 80 of GDP. Thus, HWE HCE HWGE (Ed He HC SP EP RCR) 12.2 Personal Disposable Income (PDI) PDI represents that portion of national income which is directly available to individuals for consumption expenditure after taxes. It is derived by extracting from GDP the data for household consumption expenditure (HCE) and adding to it the net household savings (NHS). 12.2.1 Economic Welfare Index (EWI) The economic welfare of the population can vary widely between two countries with the same per capita income, if in one case a large percentage of GDP goes to the top 10 or 20, while in the other it is more evenly distributed throughout the population. Therefore, HWE is adjusted to take into account the impact of income inequality on the real economic welfare of people. Here our objective is not to measure income inequality per se, which is simply a statistical result, but rather to measure the impact the stimulating and depressing effect of income inequality on overall human economic welfare as measured by HWE. As discussed in Section 9.2, income inequality plays both a positive and negative role in economic progress. Within certain limits it acts as a gradient or voltage differential that spurs people to aspire and strive to elevate their position to equal or exceed that of others. At the same time it concentrates disproportionate income among those with the lowest propensity to consume and the highest propensity to speculate, thereby curtailing demand for greater production and employment. Economic Welfare Index (EWI), is a variant of Sens SWF, in which we adjust Gini to arrive at a new coefficient, Gec, which represents that proportion of Gini that is compatible with optimal levels of economic welfare as measured by household consumption expenditure. Gec increases in value as Gini rises, reflecting the fact that high Gini countries have a greater potential for reducing inequality without dampening economic incentives that promote human welfare. Gec 0.65 Gini - 0.1 EWI is personal disposable income (PDI) multiplied by G ec plus Government Welfare consumption expenditure on households (HWGE). Note that HWGE is not adjusted by G ec since the distribution of government services is far more equitable than the distribution of income and consumption expenditure and is skewed in favor of lower income families. EWI PDI (1 - G ec ) HWGE EWI PDI (1.1 - 0.65G) HWGE 12.2.2 Full Employment (FEI) Section 10.3 discussed the importance of incorporating some measure of employment in an index of human economic welfare. In a market economy where economic survival and well-being depend on each individuals access to gainful employment, employment must be regarded as a basic human right. Rising levels of unemployment is both OECD and developing countries among youth as well as among older workers represents one of the greatest obstacles to securing economic welfare for all. Employment is related to changes in demography, education and social attitudes, such as those regarding women in the workforce. No single measure of employment can satisfactorily capture all its dimensions. Unfortunately in many countries even the most basic data on unemployment rates is unreliable, while the range of variables measured is severely limited. The composition of an employment index useful for international comparisons must work within these constraints. FEI is a composite index that takes into account levels of employment and unemployment which directly impact on personal economic welfare and national utilization of human capital. FEI is a composite index that takes into account levels of employment and unemployment which directly impact on personal economic welfare and national utilization of human capital. Employment-Population Index EPI is arrived at by taking the Employment-Population Ratio (EPR) for those aged 25 and converting it into a scale ranging from .01 to 1, assuming that 66 EPR represents full employment. Countries with EPR greater than 66 are assigned a value of 1.0. Adult Employment Index AEI measures the rate of employment among members of the labour force aged 25. The adult unemployment rate is derived by deducting from total employment and unemployment data, those under 25 years of age. Adult underemployment is estimated by taking twice the level of adult unemployment. Thus, AEI 1- 2(AUR). Youth Employment Index YEI measures the rate of employment among members of the labour force aged 15-24. It is derived by taking 1 minus the youth unemployment rate for ages 15-24 (YUR). In consideration of the great importance of providing employment opportunities to the young generation, we have assigned an equal weightage to YEI and AEI, even though the percentage of youth in the workforce ranges from 10 to 50 in different countries. YEI 1 - YUR. Job Creation Index JCR measures the net change in the total number of jobs from year to year, which serves as the basis for the index, JCI. JCI (1JCR) JCI 1 ((TE 2 -TE 1 )TE 1 ) where TE 1 amp TE 2 are total employment in the previous and subsequent year. A value less than one for JCI signifies a decline in total employment from the previous year. A value of more than one signifies an increase in employment. Thus, a growth rate of employment of 10 would be indicated by a value of 1.10. 12.2.3 Full Employment Index (FEI) is a composite index equal to the average of the four sub-indices. FEI could be greater than 1.0 if JCI is very large. FEI is expressed by the formula The function EWIFEI reflects the impact of employment on human economic welfare. 12.2.4 Combined Educational Enrollment Index (CEI) CEI considers the future economic impact of current investments in education based on current school enrollment rates. It is based on the combined gross enrollment rates for primary (PER), secondary (SER) and tertiary (TER) levels normalized to 100 by UNDP and incorporated in the HDI index (CGER). CGER is modified to assign double weightage to changes in tertiary enrollment rates. We designate this modified CGER as CER H . CER H 0.33 PER 0.23 SER 0.44 TER In recognition of the time lag between acquisition of education and its impact on economic activity, we define the Combined Education Index (CEI) through CER n . CER n measures the absolute change in combined enrollment levels over time given by formula (6a). CEI measures the cumulative impact of that change on human economic welfare at any point during 25 years in time subsequent to the change in CER H . As the more educated youth enter the workforce and the impact of rising levels of education gradually impacts on actual GDP and HWE, the factor multiplying CER n . i.e. 1, 0.9, 0.81 etc. for past educational achievements declines proportionately. Namely, we argue that the impact of earlier education enrollment is already included in the GDP and in our HWE. 12.3 Energy Efficiency (EEI) EEI is an index of sustainability based on fossil fuel energy efficiency (FFEC) per unit of consumption expenditure (HWE). The index measures the consumption of energy generated from fossil fuel sources, which are non-renewable and release CO2 into the atmosphere. Note that by basing the measure of fuel efficiency on HWE rather than GDP, which is commonly used, we assess the extent to which energy is being efficiently utilized for the ultimate benefit of human beings, not merely for production and growth for their own sake. In calculating EEI, we take into account the long gestation period and long life span of investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. For the purpose of this study, we have used a period of 10 years. The index measures the change in fossil fuel energy efficiency over time, where FFEC 1 and FFEC 2 represent fossil fuel energy consumption in year one and two and HWE 1 and HWE 10 represent human welfare consumption expenditure year one and two. FFER is the ratio of fossil fuel to HWE. FFER1 is the change in the ratio for year one. FFER -1 is the change in the ratio the previous year. FFER -2 . etc. are defined analogously. The Energy Efficiency Index EEI for any year assigns present value (VFFER) to changes in FFER during the previous 10 years as represented by FFER -1 . FFER -2 FFER -10 . VFFER starts with a value of 1 and diminished at the rate of 0.1 per year. Thus, VFFER -1 1, VFFER -2 0.9, VFFER -3 0.8, . VFFER -11 0.0. EEI is given by As EEI increases, the number within brackets becomes more negative in value. EEI increases either as a result of improving overall energy efficiency per unit of HWE or by replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy sources, i.e. either by decreasing FFEC or by increasing HWE. 12.4 Human Economic Welfare Index (HEWI) We define the Human Economic Welfare Index by the formula: HEWI EWI FEI CEI EEI 12.4.1 HEWI 2005 In Table 9 below, columns A-C show the per capita GDP, PDI, and EWI (PDI adjusted for inequality in PPP 2005 international dollars). Columns D-F show scores on the indices for employment, education and energy. Columns G amp H show the final adjusted human welfare index HEWI and HEWI as a of per capita GDP. Data is for 2005. As we saw earlier, USA ranks 1st in GDP per capita with a value 28 higher than 2nd ranked UK but when compared in terms of HEWI, the US is only 11 higher. The GDP gap between USA and Sweden is 29, while in terms of HEWI it is 26. As we saw in Table 2, US retains a far larger percentage of GDP as personal disposable income (71 vs. 50 for Sweden). Sweden performs better on inequality and education, USA on employment and energy. Russia (85), UK (83) and India (76) record the highest values for HEWI as a percentage of GDP. South Africa (41), China (47) and Brazil (53) record the lowest ratio of HEWI to GDP. Figure 8 shows the relative differences between GDP, PDI, EWI and HEWI for year 2005. Table 9: HEWI as of GDPc, PDI and EWI. Values are for year 2005. Figure 8: GDPc, PDIc, EWIc and HEWI for year 2005 12.4.2 Historical HEWI 1985-2005 Table 10 presents historical data on HEWI for select countries from 1985 to 2005 along with their relative rank order during the period. We select here a few countries for historical analysis to illustrate how HEWI can be applied to gain insight into the development of human economic welfare over longer periods of time. 105 12.4.3 Discussion Our discussion concerns the period 1980 to 2005 and, therefore, omits the present economic crisis. In Table 9 we compare the performance of 16 countries on GDPc and with the proposed index HEWI, including the effects of each sub-index: PDI and EWI as well as FEI, CEI and EEI. This allows us to assess whether and if, to what extent, HEWI provides better insight into changes in human economic welfare than GDPc. HEWI vs. GDP: Of the nine countries analyzed historically for the period 1985 to 2005, Korea, as well as China, registered the largest increase in HEWI (202), while its per capita GDP also grew by 202. Thus, HEWI rose at the very same rate as GDP, signifying that country followed a human welfare-oriented development strategy. HWGE: Progress on the human welfare index was buoyed by a 262 rise in Government welfare-related expenditure, signifying a conscious effort of the government to direct the gains of economic growth for human welfare. G ec . Korea scores relatively well on income inequality with a G ec value of 0.10, down from 0.12 in 1975 and a Gini of 0.31 in 2005. This is the lowest value of the countries studied after Sweden, demonstrating its serious commitment to the equitable distribution of the gains of economic growth. Recall that G ec measures income inequality against a hypothetical state of optimal welfare inequality in which both overall human welfare and equitable distribution are in optimal balance. FEI: Korea maintained one of the highest performances of any country on the employment index, averaging 0.96 on FEI over 20 years, as shown in Table 4. CEI: Koreas combined enrollment rate (CER H25 ) rose from 0.56 to 0.96 in 25 years, giving it the highest CER H25 value of 1.70 of all the countries studied. EEI: These impressive gains were offset to some extent by a gradual increase in Koreas energy intensity as a result of heavy dependence on manufacturing in the composition of its economic growth, which constitutes 39 of Korean GDP vs. 22 for USA and Japan and 25 for the EU). The country remains dependent on fossil fuel for 85 of its energy needs, down from 98 in 1975. According to International Energy Agency, Koreas overall energy intensity for all forms of energy (measured in terms of GDP per unit energy consumption) declined 54 from 1980 to 2006, but still overall energy intensity per unit of GDP is high compared with many OECD countries, 50 higher than USA and almost double that of Japan. 106 Although energy intensity per unit of GDP declined, fossil fuel intensity per unit of HWE actually rose between 1975 (the base year for the 1985 EEI) and 2005 as shown by the value for EEI30 of 0.78 in Table 8, signifying a significant decline in fossil fuel energy efficiency over 30 years, although the trend has reversed after 2000, probably as the result of a 22 rise in HWE vs. a 15 rise in FFEC. Korea still pursues an energy intensive and fossil fuel energy intense strategy which is unsustainable and a poor model for other nations to emulate. The lengthy discussion of EEI is necessitated by the fact that we have not divided the index into sub-indices that transparently reveal the sources of variation in the overall index, an omission to be corrected in future versions. Thus, HEWI provides both an overview of Koreas progress on human welfare as well as insights into the sustainability of its strategy. It scores impressively on development of human capital through high investment in education, high levels of employment and continuous gains on income distribution. Excessive dependence on an energy-intensive fossil fuel strategy represents Koreas largest obstacle to sustainable human welfare, although the most recent trend is encouraging. With the crucial exception of energy, Koreas performance demonstrates that progressive welfare related strategies can significantly magnify the welfare benefits of economic growth in a sustainable manner. HEWI vs. GDP: In contrast, Japans HEWIc rose just 1 between 1985 and 2005, the smallest gains of any country studied, in spite of a 44 growth in GDPc during this period. HCE amp HWGE: Government welfare expenditure grew faster (110) than GDP, while growth of household expenditure just kept pace with GDP. Inequality declined by 19 over the 20 years as a result of this government transfer. NHS: Net savings declined from 12 to 1 of GDP, signifying that households are relying increasingly on past savings and current debt to sustain their high level of personal consumption. G ec . The level of income inequality has declined by 19, from a G ec value of 0.13 in 1985 to 0.11 in 2005. While this performance was better than most countries, which recorded a rise in inequality during this period, the gains were modest and the absolute level of inequality leaves considerable scope for further reduction. FEI: Although once regarded as a model for employment security, Japans employment index declined by 5 since 1985 to 0.93 in 2005. CEI: Japans CER H25 is 1.2, reflecting an increase in CER H from 67 to 78 during the period 1980-2005. This growth rate ranks lowest of the countries studied along with USA, but the absolute level of enrollment in USA is far higher (90 vs. 78 for Japan). EEI: Although Japans overall energy efficiency (gdp per unit energy) improved 25 from 1975 to 2005, its fossil fuel efficiency for human welfare (FFECHWE) as measured by EEI rose 46. Significant gains were achieved up to 1990 while GDP was still growing rapidly. Since then progress on EEI has been negligible. From 1995 to 2005, Japans EEI averaged 1.02. Japan still remains highly dependent on fossil fuels for 91 of its total energy. In absolute terms, Japans FFECHWE is equivalent to the average of all the countries studied, excluding China. Its current fossil fuel energy efficiency is 89 higher than Korea, 278 higher than China, and 20 better than USA. In combination, these indices indicate a country which has stagnated both economically and in terms of its efforts to boost human welfare. During this period, levels of household savings and employment declined, education grew slowly, and inequality declined slightly. Improvement on EEI is the most notable gain for Japan during the period, but its high dependence on fossil fuels makes this present course unsustainable. China amp India HEWI vs. GDP: When viewed from a historical perspective, Chinas position relative to India changes dramatically. Although China started in 1985 from a GDPc (PPP) 19 lower than Indias and a HEWI 22 lower, Chinas GDP has risen by 401 and its HEWI by 202. In contrast, Indias GDP rose by 122 and its HEWI by 108, signifying slower growth but growth more oriented to human welfare than in China. HCE amp HWGE: Chinas household consumer expenditure has grown (223) at just half the rate of GDP growth, while Indias increased 79 in real terms. Chinas government welfare-related spending grew even faster than GDP (463), while Indias grew at a slightly slower pace than GDP (118). NHS: Both countries achieved notable gains in net household savings. Chinas rose from 10 to 24 of personal disposable income, while Indias grew from 19 to 30. G ec . Income inequality in China has risen by 63 as measured by G ec . whereas Indias increased by a much lower value of 29, which has significant impact on the distribution of economic gains throughout the population. FEI: Historical data from ILO for both China and India indicate a continuously high score on employment, but the reliability of this data is highly questionable, so we prefer to discount its value. CEI: India started out with a lower enrollment base (29 lower in 1975) as measured by CER H than China (42), however it has grown at nearly twice the rate with a CER H25 of 1.5 vs. 1.3 for China. Both countries have enormous scope for enhancing both the quantity and quality of education. Indeed, investment in education may be the single most important lever for enhancing human economic welfare in both countries. EEI: Chinas total energy intensity per unit GDP has declined by 63 over the past three decades, but its absolute energy intensity is still double that of Japan and 46 higher than Indias. 107 Both countries depend on fossil fuels for more than 90 of their energy needs. Indias fossil fuel energy efficiency (FFECHWE) is about one-third that of China, meaning India produces nearly three times more HWE per unit of fossil fuel. Chinas performance on EEI has declined drastically from 1.22 in 1985 to 1.04 in 2005, signifying much slower progress on this factor than in the past. In both absolute terms and in terms of trends, China is pursuing an unsustainable and inefficient path for enhancing human economic welfare. In this context, China has taken considerable effort in recent years to develop renewable energy resources in order to address this imbalance. Today China produces more than half of the worlds supply of solar panels and almost half its wind turbines. HEWI vs. GDP: USAs real per capita GDP (PPP) grew by 46 from 1985-2005, while per capita economic welfare as measured by HEWI rose just 9. By comparison, UKs GDP grew by 60 while its HEWI rose by 74. Among OECD countries, the US performance was slightly better than Japans 1 and Italys 4, but far below Koreas 202 and Spains 104. Although USA retained the first rank in GDP and HEWI among the countries studied throughout the period, the difference between US and second ranked UK in GDP shrank from 40 in 1985 to 28 in 2005 and in HEWI it shrank from 76 to 11. HCE amp HWGE: US household consumption expenditure rose by 54 and government welfare-related expenditure rose 33 over the two decades. By comparison, UKs HCE rose 80 and its HWGE rose 63. NHS: US net household savings declined from 9 to zero during the same period, while UK NHS fell from 10 to 4. G ec . Welfare related income inequality as measured by G ec in the USA rose 21 from 0.12 to 0.15, which means that human welfare as measured by HEWI is reduced by 15 due to non-optimal income distribution. Of course, the actual levels of income inequality as measured by Gini are much higher at 0.38 in 2005. By comparison, UKs G ec rose by 50, but remains 20 lower in absolute terms at 0.12. FEI: US performance on employment remained constant over the 20 years (.92-.93), though its FEI has fallen by an estimated 4 since 2005. UKs employment performance has risen nearly to USA levels, rising from 0.86 in 1985 to 0.91 in 2005. CEI: From 1980 to 2005, US raised its overall CER H25 by 20, which largely reflects a rise in tertiary enrollment from 56 to 82. By comparison, UK raised its CER H25 40, including a 212 rise in tertiary enrollment from 19 to 59. During this period, US fell from first to second place in both total enrollment and tertiary enrollment behind Korea. EEI: In terms of overall energy efficiency measured by GDP per unit energy consumed, both UK and US reduced its energy intensity by 42 between 1980 and 2006. In absolute terms, UK produces 69 more GDP per unit of energy than USA. Both countries remain highly dependent on fossil fuels 85 in USA, 89 in UK. Both substantially improved fossil fuel energy efficiency as measured in terms of FFEC per unit HWE from 1975 to 2005 the US by 56 and UK by 57 as shown in Table 8. As a result of these differences in performance, UK has substantially closed the gap with USA on HEWI. It performs substantially better on HCE, HWGE, NHS, significantly better on Gec and slightly better on EEI. On FEI US scores higher, but remained flat while UK raised its performance. Although there is still a 28 gap in GDP between the two countries, the UKs continuously higher investment in education is likely to reduce that difference significantly. Based on present trends, its HEWI may exceed the US level over the next few years. The comparative historical analysis is not intended to be comprehensive or in-depth, but rather to illustrate how HEWI and its sub-indices can be utilized to gain insight into the real impact of economic growth on human welfare and some of the critical policy issues that need to be addressed in order to enhance that performance. For the latest information and research papers on HEWI and its sub-indices, our statistical methods and the country studies, please visit the HEWI project pages on neweconomictheory.org 108 or at mssresearch.org . 13. Conclusions 13.1 Economic Policy Implications of HEWI In contrast to most other composite economic indicators developed or proposed in recent years, HEWI incorporates a minimum number of sub-indicators. In addition, each indicator is uniquely related to its own objective and there is no cancellation effect between the sub-indices. In this way the policy implications of each measure can be derived from the individual sub-indices and the resultant measure is made transparent to facilitate decision-making. Of course, we readily concede the limitations of this broad approach. For instance, FEI does not distinguish between the type or quality of new jobs created, whether they are in healthcare and education or in the military, construction and road building, whether these jobs generate pollution or improve energy efficiency. Therefore, although FEI does measure components of employment, it is only a partial quantitative measure. Similar constraints apply to CEI and EEI as well. In spite of these inadequacies, we believe that HEWI can serve as relevant and useful tool for assessment and decision-making. The relationship between measurement, theory and decision-making may be usefully illustrated by comparing economy and health care. The principal aim of both activities is to promote human well-being. Both activities are extremely complex. Healthcare draws on knowledge from the life sciences, fields which are based on sound theory. Measurements are used extensively in health care to formulate diagnoses. Some health care measurements, e.g. X-rays, are useful, but at the same time detrimental to the patient. The decision whether or not to apply these measures requires careful assessment of the patients condition, always keeping in mind the essential goal, human well-being. Although healthcare is based on sound underlying theory, it is subject to real uncertainties and risks, as it is based on incomplete information, which sometimes generates unexpected complications and cascading negative consequences. Comparing this chaotic behavior with the butterfly effect observed in classical physics underlines the enormous complexity in healthcare as well as economy. The status of theory in economy is far less satisfactory. We use mathematical models, but we lack adequate theory to explain underlying causes, social processes and consequences. We also face extreme difficulties in obtaining precise, timely information. In economy also measurements can be detrimental, as in the case of GDP. Wrong, inaccurate or misleading measures, rightly or wrongly applied, can lead to wrong public policy as well as wrong perceptions and actions by the general public. In healthcare our aim is to restore the patient to normal health not to fully understand the problem, though understanding the problem certainly helps. In economy we start from a position of insufficiency characterized by widespread poverty, endemic underemployment, inadequate development of human capital, financial instability and activities with dangerously unsustainable environmental consequences. In healthcare, illness represents a disturbance of the natural harmony of the human body, which may be acute or chronic. In economy, too, both acute and chronic imbalances are possible. Indications are that the present system is perpetually out of balance. Here we will never succeed in evolving effective and sustainable policies until we arrive at a more comprehensive theoretical knowledge on which to base our actions. Until then we must have the frankness and modesty to admit the limits to our knowledge and the insufficiency of our measures. With this qualification in mind, the development and application of new measures such as HEWI can be of great practical value for enhancing public policy and initiative. HEWI seeks to provide policy-makers with a clear and focused set of indicators that can serve as a basis for a broad range of initiatives designed to enhance human or household economic welfare with a focus on future sustainability. While the composite HEWI can serve as an overall index of progress, the component indices and their sub-indices can provide specific guidance on ways to improve overall performance. For example, performance on the Full Employment Index (FEI) can be directly enhanced by measures which reduce youth and adult unemployment, raise the employment to population ratio or stimulate net new job creation. Other policy measures that can be directly deduced and monitored by HEWI include: 1. Redirect national expenditure from non-consumer-related categories of expenditure such as defense and general administration to greater investments in human welfare. 2. Revise policies to reduce income inequality, which might include minimum wage legislation, land reform, increased investment in education, labor market policies, innovative tax and transfer policies such as changes in employee taxation and capital gains as well as taxing of speculative investments and foreign exchange transactions. 3. Promote full employment policies such as national legislation guaranteeing the right to work, temporary public job programs, vocational training programs, work-for-welfare, entrepreneurship development, micro-credit, and internet-based self-employment programs. 4. Promote measures designed to increase energy efficiency, while shifting reliance from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. 5. Provide financial and social incentives to raise educational enrollment rates, including national legislation to raise the mandatory minimum level of schooling by two years. 6. Promote development-oriented policies such as those that increase the speed of communication, transportation, financial transactions, technology dissemination and adoption, and government decision-making as a stimulus to all economic activity. 13.2 Beyond HEWI In this paper we have tried to emphasize the crucially important role that measurement plays in human progress and the justification for continuous efforts to improve existing measures and develop better ones. The paper examines some of the most widely-accepted limitations in GDP as a measure of human economic welfare and explores some alternative approaches to compensate for its deficiencies. We have drawn attention to the considerable challenges implicit in this effort, which are only partially addressed by alternative approaches, including our own. We have also tried to suggest that in an effort to evolve more comprehensive and inclusive indices, we should take care not to sacrifice clarity and specificity. We cannot overemphasize the potential value of precise information for enhancing economic welfare. While national accounts data is available for all OECD countries and for 70 countries through the UN, net household savings, disposable incomes, unemployment and reliable enrollment rates are not available for many countries. Availability is one thing, reliability is another. Too often governments feel constrained to manipulate data to meet domestic political concerns or international pressures, as the recent controversy over Greek financial reporting illustrates. The paucity of timely and reliable data is a serious impediment to immediate application of this and alternative measures on a global basis. More importantly, it is also a serious impediment to optimizing policy-making to maximize human welfare. Where data is available, it is also necessary to keep in mind that, like everything else, our accounting systems and measures are undergoing a process of evolution. Measurement of almost everything, everywhere is more accurate and comprehensive than in the past. Historical comparisons often reflect changes in our measures as much as they reflect changes in actual performance. As Indian leaders realized 30 years ago, data must always be validated by observable facts and confirmed by intuitive judgment. Ultimately, good measures must be judged by the policy decisions they engender. Therefore, we have tried to emphasize practical utility over technical perfection. Regardless of the inaccuracies and approximations they may contain, we believe HEWI and its sub-indices can provide sound direction for policies that focus on what must be considered the most central objective of every society enhancing human welfare, not economic growth for its own sake. Comparative rank order indices may be a source of pride or humiliation, and both can be serviceable if they prompt us and others to more effective action. Comprehensive composite indices alert us to crucial issues of sustainability, but may overwhelm us with so much information and so many priorities that they deter rather than facilitate concerted action. All indices incorporate arbitrary and subjective assumptions, whether implicit or explicit. GDP itself is a measure of gross economic activity, but it is widely being applied as an indicator of human welfare and social progress. As a measure of activity it contains faults, but it may still be serviceable for some purposes. As an indicator of economic or social welfare, it is deeply flawed and dangerously misleading. Our objective here has been to present the framework for an indicator of economic welfare derived from GDP that compensates for some, but not all, of its most serious deficiencies. We seek to illustrate the potential for an alternative approach which offers considerable advantages and yet keeps centrally focused on human economic welfare. Many commendable efforts are underway to improve on measurement of economic performance, some more narrowly and others more broadly focused than HEWI. There is a place and role for numerous approaches. The narrowest measures will help us to improve precision. The broadest serve as a constant reminder of the wider social and ecological context on which all economic activity is founded and carried out. An evolutionary perspective highlights the fact that economic growth is one expression of the more fundamental process of social development, which occurs simultaneously in all fields and determines the course of political, social, economic, demographic, ecological, and cultural progress. Thus far all of the indices related to economic and social development focus almost exclusively on the measurement of results. 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Accessed July 29, 2010, e1.newcastle.edu.aucoffeepubswp200404-13.pdf 74 Planning Commission, Special Group on Targeting Ten Million Employment Opportunities per Year, Government of India, 2002, 134. 75 International Labour Organization, op. Cit. p.115. 76 Semuals, Alana, For Many Unemployed Workers, Jobs Arent Coming Back, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 5, 2010. Accessed August 4, 2010, articles.latimes2010sep05businessla-fi-america-unemploym. 77 Rich, Motoko, For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again, New York Times, Sept. 19, 2010. 78 McCurry, Justin, Japan Launches Nationwide Search for Centenarians, Guardian, Aug 3, 2010. Accessed August 13, 2010, guardian.co.ukworld2010aug03japan-centenarians-search 79 The adoption of a 66 cut-off ratio is based on the assumption that not everyone needs to or wants to work, even if attractive opportunities for gainful employment are available. Some may prefer to stay at home with family, volunteer or pursue interests which do not lend themselves to monetary reward. What constitutes real full employment may vary over time and between countries and cultures. Until more adequate measures are available, a somewhat arbitrary cutoff is necessary to avoid exaggerating the value of this indicator. In 2005, Korea registered the highest EPR among OECD countries in our sample. Most OECD countries recorded a downward trend, e.g. Swedens EPR 25 declined from 68 in 1990 to 59 in 2005. Japans fell from 67 to 58. According to ILO 70 developing countries have an EPR of 66 or higher. Since in most of these cases very high EPR reflects a high level of casual, informal or seasonal labour, EPR may not be a useful measure for monitoring progress in these countries. 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For CEI, we increase the weightage of tertiary by an additional 21. 95 National Center for Educational Statistics, US Dept of Education, Accessed August 15, 2010, nces.ed.govfastfactsdisplay.aspid65 96 Max-Neff, M. A. Economic growth and quality of life: a threshold hypothesis, Ecological Economics, 15(1995): 115-118. 97 In Pursuit of Happiness Research. Is it Reliable What does it imply for Policy, The Cato institute, April 2007 tor Vergata Conference on Subjective Well-Being. 98 M. Degutis et al. Relation between GDP and life satisfaction in the EU, Ekonomika, 89 (2010): 9- 21. C. Bjornskov et al. Analysing Trends In Subjective Well-Being In 15 European Countries, Journal Of Happiness Studies, 9 (2008): 317-330. Bruno S. Frey. And A. Stutzer. Happiness And Economics, Princeton Univ. Press. 2001. 99 IISP Report 2003. International Index of Social Progress, 5th International Conference of the International Society for Life Quality Studies, 15-17 November 1998, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 100 Stiglitz et al. op. Cit. Hal. 66-67. 101 Based on Data Tables from International Energy Agency, Accessed August 23, 2010, eia.doe.gov 103 Methodology and data analysis for the Energy Efficiency Index, Saraswathi Mukkai and Ranjani Ravi, Research Methodology and Data for a Fossil Fuel Energy Index, MSS Research Working Paper, The Mothers Service Society, September 2010. Available online mssresearch.orgqResearchMethodologyandDataforaFossilFue. 104 Computations of GDP based on the expenditure method provide the essential information required to calculate HWE. Data for net household savings and PDI is more difficult to obtain for many developing countries. Until more accurate national accounts are available, HWE is taken as a rough approximation for PDI at the national level and consumption inequality as a rough approximation for income inequality. 105 Research data on specific countries. MSS Research Working Paper, The Mothers Service Society, September 2010. Available online mssresearch.orgqHEWI-Human-Economic-Welfare-Index-Country-Studies . 106 International Energy Agency data for GDP per unit of energy consumed and World Bank data for GDP (PPP). Accessed August 20, 2010, eia.doe.govpubinternationaliealftablee1p.xls
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