This index analyzes the ability of a country (and in the future of a city, of a company, etc..) to place altruism at the heart of its priorities, according to three main dimensions: altruism between generations, between territories and between actors

First introduced in the report The Path to a Positive Economy submitted by Jacques Attali to French President François Hollande in September 2013, the Positive Economy Index was built in order to take a snapshot of the degree to which a country’s national economy can be considered positive.

This pioneering tool aims to gage the progress being made and to guide stakeholders’ action to better integrate long-term and altruism in each and every decision.

The index provides a holistic approach to positive economy through 3 core dimensions of rational altruism:
+ Time: rational altruism between generations > Sharing knowledge, dialoguing around past experience to show the way to younger generations while maintaining reasonable and sustainable debt
+ Space: rational altruism between territories > Anticipating the needs of resources, giving a balanced access to resources for all and aligning clear goals and actions to help the poorest.
+ Actors & communities: rational altruism between stakeholders > Appropriate governance, ability to innovate and to build inclusive societies.

+ Among the 29 indicators of the initial version of the index:
11 are economic indicators (38%): growth, debt, investment, employment, etc.. ;
11 are social and cultural indicators (38%);
4 are indicators of governance (14%);
3 are environmental indicators (10%): carbon dioxide, waste, renewable energy.

+ In accordance with the recommendations of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress (“Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi“ Commission), the Positive Economy Index is made up of :
Objective indicators (75%) (provided by leading international institutions, such as the World Bank or the OECD);
Subjective indicators (25%) (provided by reputed non-governmental organizations such as Transparency International or Reporters Without Borders).

+ 3 of the 29 indicators that make up the index in its original version (about 10%) have been specially created from existing data:
The reproduction of inequality indicator, which measures the impact of parental income on children’s academic success;
The representativeness of Parliament indicator, which measures to what extent the age diversity of parliamentarians is representative of the age diversity of the population;
The tolerance for others indicator, which measures the acceptance of living next to people with varions backgrounds, preferences or origins.