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MARILYN J WARING BA (Hons) VUW, DPhil (Waikato), Personal Chair Public Policy AUT

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Still Counting: Wellbeing, Women’s Work and Policy-making By Marilyn Waring

Bridget Williams Books | $14.99 print | Published Dec 2018

Underneath the numbers, a philosophical judgement is always being made based on values, not facts.

This year marks thirty years since the release of Marilyn Waring’s ground-breaking book Counting for Nothing. Waring’s writing explained, through meticulous economic analysis, how the success of the global economy rests on women’s unpaid work – yet conventional economics measures systematically ignored and undervalued women’s contributions. Counting for Nothing became a phenomenon: it was read and discussed across the globe, and was even made into a film.

Today, countries around the world are attempting to move beyond traditional economic measures like GDP. Jacinda Ardern has promised that New Zealand’s next budget will be a ‘wellbeing budget’ – measuring policies not just against fiscal indicators, but a broader range of indicators. The NZ Treasury is currently developing the Living Standards Framework to measure wellbeing.

Many people hope that the shift to a wellbeing approach will mean women's work is finally valued fairly. But what does Marilyn Waring make of it?

Still Counting is one of the first books to address the current work on wellbeing in New Zealand. It offers a strident critique of the current approach: Waring argues that the planned Living Standards Framework risks reproducing the biases of the traditional economic indicators. She also lays out a vision for what a new, genuinely transformative economic measure would look like.

This short book provides an essential assessment of wellbeing economics from a leading feminist scholar.

Still Counting can be purchased online here.



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