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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Comprehensive investment and future well-being in the USA, 1869-2000
Authors: Greasley, David
Hanley, Nicholas
Kunnas, Jan
McLaughlin, Eoin
Oxley, Les
Warde, Paul
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Citation: Greasley D, Hanley N, Kunnas J, McLaughlin E, Oxley L & Warde P (2013) Comprehensive investment and future well-being in the USA, 1869-2000. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2013-06.
Keywords: sustainable development
natural resources
intangible capital
comprehensive investment
future well-being
US economic growth
JEL Code(s): E01
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2013-06
Abstract: This paper reports long-run tests of how comprehensive investment (CI) predicts future well-being in the USA. Theory suggests that a country with a positive level of CI should experience non-declining future utility. Despite the widespread uptake of CI, previous tests of its predictive power are for short time intervals. We assemble data for increasingly-comprehensive measures of US capital back to 1869 which are used to predict future consumption per capita. Our results show that with the inclusion of natural and human capital, CI can predict changes in future well-being reasonably well over 20 years into the future. Extending CI, to include measures of intangible or social capital, yield results that closely predict consumption over 20-50 years horizons.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
Affiliation: University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh
University of Waikato
University of East Anglia

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