Fundação Getulio Vargas welcomes Indian economist Partha Dasgupta

28 February 2013

FGV welcomed, on February 26, the Indian economist Partha Dasgupta for the lecture Green National Accounts, organized by EPGE's Professor, Aloisio Araújo. Considered one of the world?s greatest experts in environmental economics, Dasgupta developed the concept of inclusive wealth of nations and talked about the concept of Environmental GDP. Dasgupta believes that measuring the wealth of countries by the GDP is a mistake and advocates the creation of new indicators that include three types of assets: industrialized or physical capital (machines, buildings, infrastructure, etc.); human capital (education and skills of the population); and natural capital (land, forests, minerals and fossil fuels) - i.e., data that shows whether we are destroying the productive base that provides for our welfare.  The research interests of Professor Dasgupta include issues related to poverty, economic development, nutrition, economics of technological change, population and the environment, among others. His articles include Resource Economics - Theory and Exhaustible Resources, The Control of Resources, An Inquiry into Welfare and Misery, Social Capital: A Multidisciplinary Perspective and Human Welfare and the Natural Environment. Partha Dasgupta is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge. The lecture Green National Accounts took place at 2 pm, on the 12th floor auditorium of FGV's headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.