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Title: Measuring Regional Wealth and Assessing Sustainable Development: An Application to a Disaster-Torn Region in Japan
Authors: Yamaguchi, Rintaro  KAKEN_id
Sato, Masayuki
Ueta, Kazuhiro  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 山口, 臨太郎
植田, 和弘
Keywords: Inclusive wealth
Sustainable development
Genuine savings
Disaster reconstruction
Population change
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Journal title: Social Indicators Research
Abstract: We construct a regional comprehensive wealth as an indicator of sustainability in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Of particular interest is the change in wealth before and after a natural disaster, since the index could serve as a benchmark of investment into post-disaster reconstruction. We first discuss an optimum spatial unit of wealth accounting and sustainability analysis. The resultant regional wealth index had already been slightly declining during the 2000s due to stagnant investment into capital assets, oil capital loss, and budget deficit burden, until a natural disaster made the region significantly unsustainable. This wealth trend also differs from what emerges from the figures in Inclusive Wealth Report 2012. Including population decrease makes the wealth per capita look better, whose interpretation warrants caution due to the neglected forward-looking demographic change in a developed nation.
Description: First online: 24 September 2015
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1007/s11205-015-1106-3
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