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Living Standards analysis model : the first prototype Anita King

By: King, Anita.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: New Zealand Treasury Working Paper.Publisher: Wellington, New Zealand : New Zealand Treasury, 2018Description: electronic document (137 pages) ; PDF file; HTML.ISBN: 978-1-98-855677-2.Subject(s): ECONOMIC ANALYSIS | GOVERNMENT POLICY | Living Standards Analysis Model | Living Standards Framework | SOCIAL POLICY | WELLBEING | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website New Zealand Treasury Working Paper, 18/05, December 2018Summary: How do we understand the synergies and trade-offs of a given policy on area beyond that policy, such as the effect of housing on health and on income? How do we choose between policies in completely different areas, such as an education policy and a health policy? Treasury’s Living Standards Framework provides one possible starting point, but it provides little assistance tracing the many dependencies between policy areas. A model that includes those dependencies could help. The Living Standards Analysis Model (LSAM) is designed to do this. A first prototype of the model has just been developed. This model includes all eleven aspects of wellbeing as described by the OECD’s How’s Life? framework and linkages between the different aspects for a small open economy. Most models for studying wellbeing only include one or two aspects, missing the rich set of interactions that can occur with greater coverage. As an early prototype, this version of the model does have many flaws and requires significant further development, but it forms a basis for creating an improved model as well as providing some qualitatively useful results. The model is loosely based on a stocks-and-flows type of model, with a small general equilibrium model covering the market economy part of the model. This paper is focussed on the description of the model. (Author's abstract). Access the website for other information and publications related to the development of the Living Standards Framework. Record #6139
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New Zealand Treasury Working Paper, 18/05, December 2018

How do we understand the synergies and trade-offs of a given policy on area beyond that policy, such as the effect of housing on health and on income? How do we choose between policies in completely different areas, such as an education policy and a health policy? Treasury’s Living Standards Framework provides one possible starting point, but it provides little assistance tracing the many dependencies between policy areas. A model that includes those dependencies could
help.

The Living Standards Analysis Model (LSAM) is designed to do this. A first prototype of the model has just been developed. This model includes all eleven aspects of wellbeing as described by the OECD’s How’s Life? framework and linkages between the different aspects for a small open economy. Most models for studying wellbeing only include one or two aspects, missing the rich set of interactions that can occur with greater coverage. As an early prototype, this version of the model does have many flaws and requires significant further development, but it forms a basis for creating an improved model as well as providing some qualitatively useful results. The model is loosely based on a stocks-and-flows type of model, with a small general equilibrium model covering the market economy part of the model. This paper is focussed on the description of the model. (Author's abstract).

Access the website for other information and publications related to the development of the Living Standards Framework. Record #6139