A measure of sustainable national income for the Netherlands

R. Gerlagh, R.B. Dellink, M.W. Hofkes, H. Verbruggen

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We present calculations on the sustainable national income (SNI) indicator, first proposed by Hueting, which corrects net national income (NNI) for the costs to bring back environmental resource use to a 'sustainable' level. Using an applied general equilibrium (AGE) model specifying 27 production sectors, we calculate different variants of SNI for the Netherlands in 1990, given a set of pre-determined sustainability standards. The AGE model is extended with emissions and abatement cost curves, based on large data sets for nine environmental themes. The model combines the advantages of a top-down approach (the AGE model) with the information of a bottom-up approach (the environmental data and data on emissions reductions costs). The presented numerical results show that in 1990 Dutch SNI is about 50% below NNI, though many uncertainties are still present in the data and the model. The enhanced greenhouse effect is the most expensive environmental theme. © 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-174
Number of pages17
JournalEcological Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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