The Genuine Progress Indicator, or GPI, is an alternative economic indicator that seeks to measure net economic welfare—the economic welfare that is gained by economic activity after the costs of producing that welfare (such as the costs of air pollution, water pollution, resource depletion, climate change, and the like) are deducted. From a GPI perspective, the economy of the Lower Mississippi River Corridor is not nearly as robust as traditional modes of economic analysis would suggest. There are clear paths to increasing GPI (and human economic wellbeing) that have implications for environmental, economic and river-management policy.
Eric Zencey, "A GPI-Based Critique of 'The Economic Profile of the Lower Mississippi River: an Update,'" prepared for the Missouri Environmental Coalition, published at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, Burlington Vermont, October 21, 2015. http://scholarworks.uvm.edu/casfac/3/
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