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Michael Green: What Does GDP Not Tell Us?


Michael Green on the TED stage.
James Duncan Davidson, TED

Michael Green on the TED stage.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Story Behind The Numbers.

About Michael Green's TED Talk

To fully understand progress, economist Michael Green says we must weigh social well-being and wealth. But by using this new measurement, he noticed something striking — the U.S. falls far behind.

About Michael Green

Michael Green is the CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, a U.S.-based nonprofit which publishes the Social Progress Index. The index evaluates countries based on their social well-being, from basic survival needs to access to education and healthcare.

Green is the co-author of two books: Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save The World and The Road From Ruin: How To Revive Capitalism And Put America Back On Top.

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