Aggregate indices for identifying environmentally responsible nations: an empirical analysis and comparison

J. Ram Pillarisetti, J.C.J.M. van den Bergh

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Abstract

Environmental and sustainable development indicators have proliferated since the Rio Earth Summit. This paper attempts to evaluate five indices developed in recent years: the Sustainable Society Index, Happy Planet Index, Environmentally Responsible Happy Nations Index, Responsibility-Capacity Index and Sustainability Index by Fuzzy Evaluation. These indices aggregate information about environmental and development indicators. A comparison of the empirical values of the indices reveals that they do not provide a consistent picture and that the aggregation methods are subjective and debatable. Nevertheless, they all show that the majority of nations in the world need to re-examine their development policies. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-150
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Volume70
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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