Brede welvaart op het dashboard

Translated title of the contribution: A dashboard of indicators for the analysis of the broad concept of ‘welfare’

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In the Netherlands, economists such as Pieter Hennipman, Arnold Heertje and Dik Wolfson have long argued that welfare should be understood in a much broader sense than just material welfare, where economic policy is solely aimed at GDP growth and improving purchasing power. Here the concept of ‘broad welfare’ is on order. It has recently become a regular part of government jargon. This desire to broaden the concept of welfare is in line with the desire for a society where in the period after corona material welfare is subordinated to well-being and a "clean" future for our children and grandchildren. In order to better chart the concept of ‘broad welfare’, the House of Representatives installed amongst its members a committee, which in April 2016, presented its findings. The main recommendation was not to combine ‘broad welfare’ in one overall indicator, but to present various indicators side by side via a dashboard. Such a dashboard of ‘broad welfare’ provides a nuanced picture of welfare growth. This makes a clear distinction between how policy weights various indicators and the scientific interpretation of how target values for those indicators can best be achieved. This also offers a view of the way in which a coalition agreement can be structured without much detail on policy measures.
Translated title of the contributionA dashboard of indicators for the analysis of the broad concept of ‘welfare’
Original languageDutch
Number of pages1
Issue numberApril 22nd
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2021


  • concept broad welfare
  • dashboard indicators
  • separation policy and science
  • government agreement
  • political preferences


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