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Evaluation of regional ecological and socio-economic well-being of the Krasnoyarsk Krai: a new approach

Vol. 13, Iss. 34, SEPTEMBER 2015

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Received: 27 April 2015

Received in revised form: 28 May 2015

Accepted: 9 June 2015

Available online: 30 September 2015


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Pages: 30-40

Pyzhev A.I. Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

Pyzheva Y.I. Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation

Importance The article deals with the problems of complex measurement of the well-being of inhabitants of countries and their regions. The paper considers the indicators relating to growth of national income, as well as the social and environmental conditions of human life.
     Objectives The aim of the paper is to develop an integrated assessment tool for socio-ecological and economic well-being of the people of the Krasnoyarsk Krai.
     Methods We used a methodology applied in the calculation of the true measure of progress to assess 17 out of 26 indicators, in accordance with the specifics of the Russian statistics data sets.
     Results We have identified a gap in the dynamics of the GRP and the true measure of progress of the Krasnoyarsk Krai, which is 30-35%. We prove that the population of the region is substantially damaged by environmental violations, and this cannot be offset by economic growth. The social factors have less impact on the level of a true measure of progress. We note that the estimation of the true measure of progress may be overstated because of the lack of basic data for calculation.
     Conclusions and Relevance We point out that the results of this research are intermediate, so that the justification of the method needs to be continued. We provide certain proposals for improving the system of State statistics for more reliable baseline data and evaluating the true measure of progress as an important and promising instrument for economic, social and environmental policies at the regional level.

Keywords: ecological, social, economic, well-being, Genuine Progress Indicator, Gross Regional Product, public welfare


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