Nussbaum proposes a new way of assessing national well-being

August 30, 2011

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In her new book, Martha Nussbaum argues the need to get back to basics when evaluating the health and well-being of a society.

Deciding whether or not a country is advancing often comes down to a numbers game. Gross domestic product, or GDP, is the typical measure used to track  a nation’s economic progress or failure. But many argue that measure falls short of the mark.

In her new book Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach, Martha Nussbaum thinks we need to get back to basics when evaluating the overall health and well-being of a society.

Earlier this year, Eight Forty-Eight's Alison Cuddy talked to the University of Chicago professor about the benefits of this approach.