Edited by Ekko C. Van Ierland, Jan van der Straaten and Herman Vollebergh
Chapter 8: Steering by the right compass: the quest for a better assessment of the national product
Salah El Serafy 1 PROLOGUE The title of this chapter derives from a phrase that ﬁgured at the top of the ﬁrst section of a joint study Roeﬁe Hueting wrote with Jan Tinbergen (Tinbergen and Hueting, 1992). The subtitle above describes in rough terms the main theme of this study. The Tinbergen–Hueting joint work appeared as a chapter in a book edited jointly by Robert Goodland, Herman Daly and myself (Goodland et al., 1992). All three of us are paying tribute to Roeﬁe’s path-breaking achievements in this festschrift. Roeﬁe’s monumental opus, New Scarcity and Economic Growth, which had been published in Dutch earlier, was still highly original when it appeared in the English language six years later (Hueting, 1980). Perusing it today, with the beneﬁt of hindsight and in the light of later writings, the reader ﬁnds New Scarcity replete with analytical insights, supported by a genuine caring for the environment. Over the last two decades, participants in international gatherings have noted the special regard with which Hueting was being held, clearly recognized as a founding father of the new discipline of ecological economics. Even his opponents appeared to be impressed by his concern for the environment, imaginative analysis, tenacity in argument and bravery in countering opposing views. We have all come to know and appreciate his multifaceted nature, his sense of humour and his varied cultural interests. 2 TWO EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS First I would like to state that for me, with my much narrower...
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