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Introduction 7 1 Convenience and Practicality 11 2 The False God 24 3 Other Wellbeing Realities 36 4 Rigour in Research and Philosophy 55 5 Aotearoa, not Europe 73 6 The Largest Sector of the 88 Nation's Economy 7 The Counter Factual 106 Glossary 118 Bibliography 119 Notes 125 About the author 138 About BWB Texts 139

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Marilyn Waring is a Professor of Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology. In the years since she retired from Parliament in 1984 she has written Women, Politics and Power, Counting for Nothing, Three Masqerades, In the Lifetime of a Goat, 1 Way to C the World, Who Cares? The Economics of Dignity, and Anticipatory Social Protection. She also edited Managing Mayhem and Thesis Survivor Stories. As well as being translated into French, Norwegian, Japanese and Spanish, Counting for Nothing was the subject of the award-winning documentary Who's Counting? Marilyn Waring on Sex, Lies and Global Economics, made by the National Film Board of Canada. In the past years Marilyn Waring has held fellowships at Harvard and Rutgers universities in the USA, at Queens University in Canada, and at the Hawke Institute in Adelaide, Australia. She has worked as a development consultant throughout Asia and the Pacific. She has served on the Board of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Council of Creative New Zealand. In 2003 she was a judge of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. In 2008 she was awarded a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to women and economics, and in 2011 she received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonia University for research in international feminism and female human rights. Publications include In the Lifetime of a Goat: Writings, 1984-2000 (Bridget Williams Books, 2001) Three Masquerades: Essays on Equality, Work and Human Rights (Auckland University Press, 1996) Counting for Nothing: What Men Value and What Women are Worth (Bridget Williams Books, 1989) Women, Politics and Power (Allen & Unwin, 1985)


It's a thought-provoking read, challenging us to examine what New Zealanders (and especially government policy-makers) value, as well as to reconsider the most appropriate sources of evidence to inform policy-making. It's an excellent introduction to not only the wellbeing and policy landscape but also to Waring's writing. It has encouraged me to seek out more of her books, articles and podcasts. - Anne Kerslake Hendricks, NZ Booksellers Blog, 5 February 2019

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