The Changing Wealth of Nations: Measuring Sustainable Development in the New Millenium

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This book is the latest report by the World Bank to estimate comprehensive wealth—including produced, natural, and human/ institutional assets—for over 100 countries. This ground-breaking report presents wealth accounts for 1995, 2000, and 2005, permitting the first longer-term assessment of global, regional, and country performance in building wealth. This overall assessment is complemented by chapters detailing individual components of wealth, as well as how countries and the World Bank are using comprehensive measures of wealth for policy analysis.


Thoroughly examines critical issues for wealth accounting, notably, climate change and wealth accounts, and the elements that make up intangible capital.
Builds on the bestselling book, Where is the Wealth of Nations? as part of a long-term program by the World Bank to estimate comprehensive wealth and its changes.
“This volume presents the first-ever direct estimates of changes in comprehensive national wealth, which can help identify policies for achieving sustained improvements in human well-being…it will become more valuable with time…”

— Jeffrey Vincent, Clarence F. Korstian Professor of Forest Economics and Management, Nicholas School, Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Duke University

“…If you are interested in national wealth, sustainability or even economic development in general, you MUST read this book.”

— Geoffrey Heal, Garrett Professor of Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility,
Columbia Business School, Columbia University

January 2011. 240 pages. SKU. 18488. ISBN: 978-0-8213-8488-6. US$35

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