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An example of an indicator that measures both is the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI).
The GPI is an alternative to the GDP that better captures the effect of economic activity on human well-being. The Gross Domestic Product is simply a measure of the volume of market transactions in an economy, whether they represent activities that increase well-being or detract from it. Increases in national insecurity that cause us to buy more weapons, increases in sickness that cause us to buy more health care, and increases in crime that cause the victims to buy replacement products, all increase GDP but reduce well-being.
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Stocks Fall as Traders Focus on Japan Crisis. The anxiety was heightened by increasing volatility as stocks, bonds and currencies alike swung sharply through the course of a trading day punctuated by worsening news reports about Japan as well as word that police and riot troops had clashed again with protesters in Bahrain.
“There is so much uncertainty about the Japanese situation and the Middle East that people are just struggling to quantify them,” said Barry Knapp, head of American equity strategy at Capital. Japanese stocks seemed set for another volatile trading day Thursday, amid reports that foreign financial firms are pushing Japanese stock market officials to halt trading. Japan Finds High Radioactive Materials in Spinach and Milk. While officials played down the immediate risks to consumers, the findings further unsettled a nation worried about the long-term effects of the hobbled reactors.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company, with help from the Japan Self-Defense Forces, police officers and firefighters, continued efforts to cool the damaged reactors on Saturday to try to stave off a full-scale fuel meltdown and contain the fallout. The latest plan involved running a mile-long electrical transmission line to Reactor No. 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to try to restore power to its cooling system.
Lessons From Chernobyl for Japan. Joseph Sywenkyj for The New York Times The abandoned Middle School No. 3 decays in Pripyat, Ukraine, part of the contaminated area surrounding Chernobyl.
Among his tasks is to pump out radioactive liquid that has collected inside the burned-out reactor. Japan’s Government Likely to Bear Much of the Loss. Japanese insurance companies, global insurers and reinsurers, hedge funds and other investors in catastrophe bonds are all expected to bear a portion of the losses that seem likely to exceed $100 billion.
Total damage from the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, was estimated at $100 billion, according to the Insurance Information Institute, but only about $3 billion of that was covered by insurance. The greatest uncertainty surrounds contamination from the nuclear accident prompted by the earthquake and tsunami. Operators of nuclear plants in Japan are required to buy liability insurance through the Japan Atomic Energy Insurance Pool, an industry group. But they are required to buy coverage of only about $2.2 billion for liabilities, and the pool does not sell the utilities coverage for earthquake damage or business interruptions, suggesting it will again be up to the Japanese government to bear the brunt of those costs. ‘Too Late’ for Some Tsunami Victims to Rebuild on Japanese Coast.
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