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Measuring well-being at the local level
 The interest in developing alternative indicators came about due to the recognition that growth, taken in its narrow sense as a mere increase in income, level of industrialization or investment, can have distorting, and at times even negative, consequences for the quality of life of a given population if it is not combined with appropriate social and environmental policies. To be able to talk about “development”, therefore, growth must be “qualified”, i.e., accompanied by increased well-being.



 
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