THE CHANGING WEALTHER OF NATIONS 2018:
Building a Sustainable Future
Edited by Glenn-Marie Lange, Quentin Wodon and Kevin Carey
Countries regularly track gross domestic product (GDP) as an indicator of their economic progress, but not wealth—the assets such as infrastructure, forests, minerals, and human capital that produce GDP. In contrast, corporations routinely report on both their income and assets to assess their economic health and prospects for the future. Wealth accounts allow countries to take stock of their assets to monitor the sustainability of development, an urgent concern today for all countries.