Beyond GDP/Wellbeing

Correspondence between Better Statistics CIC and Richard Heys, Deputy Chief Economist at the ONS

Correspondence referring to the ESCoE paper: GDP and Welfare: Empirical Estimates of a Spectrum of Opportunity From: Heys, Richard Sent: 16 September 2021 17:49 To: Tony Dent Tony, Thank you for your feedback – this is very much a research piece aimed at generating discussion about how best to address a substantial issue: As the [...]

Is the UK Prosperity Index a Better Statistic?

Tony Dent and Phyllis Macfarlane provide a critique of the UK Prosperity index as published by the Legatum institute in May of this year.   Summary:   The UK prosperity Index was published earlier this year, based upon developments from the original methodology created by the Legatum Institute in 2007. Following guidelines established by the […]

Posting on Stats User Network following from Paul Allin’s recent email to Richard Heys

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Mental Well-being

The recent blog “Are we facing a mental health pandemic?” by Tim Vizard and Theo Joloza which can be found here, is very important in emphasising the value of the ONS’s survey research program as a source for more insightful information than is available from purely administrative data. The blog introduces two new data sources […]

Well-being – Comparing Economic Variables with Survey Data

Prepared by Aiysha Mirza, CMR Group   Introduction As part of a project to compare measures of personal well-being and economic data, we are looking to test the validity/relevance of the current topics of questioning and how extensive the current measures are. We analyse this using information on the changes and trends of the main […]


Following CMR’s sponsorship of the successful meeting on the Gig economy, held at the National Liberal Club on the evening of the 28th October, we have now published a short report on part of the test work we have been undertaking. The survey was conducted by telephone and covered various aspects of peoples interactions with […]