The Social Wealth Index

Measuring the Economic Value of Caring for People & Planet

The Center for Partnership Studies is building the Social Wealth Index (SWI), a comprehensive metric of the economic value of the work of caring for people and nature. This index, essential in our time, shows what investments are needed for a better quality of life and a strong economy.

A global team of economists and partners of peer-to-peer expert networks, think tanks, and academics are working with CPS to develop this groundbreaking index. The goal is to provide the missing data that supports policies and programs that mitigate harmful impacts and increase social justice, inclusion, and gender and racial equity.

Social Wealth Index Team

Riane Eisler, President of the Center for Partnership Studies, and recipient of many honors for her pioneering work to advance human rights, economic equity, and peace, is the author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics, which inspired SWI development. Most recently she co-authored Nurturing Our Humanity: How Domination and Partnership Shape Our Brains, Lives, and Future with anthropologist Douglas Fry (Oxford University Press, 2019).

 

Rachel Binder-Hathaway, Principle Investigator
Rae is a Development Economist and Behavioral Scientist with over 14 years of international development experience at the intersection of gender equality, behavioral economics, international development and program evaluation. She has developed Behavioral Economics programs on behalf of the Australian, Bosnian (BiH), and Nigerian governments, and currently works as a Gender Specialist with UNDP (HQ). Previous roles include Behavioral Scientist/Gender Specialist with UN Women and The World Bank; lead manager of J-PAL’s global training vertical (MIT), and as a Behavioral Research Fellow for Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program. She holds an MPA from The Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

 

Joshua Yardley, Co-Principle Investigator
Josh is an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he teaches courses in econometrics and quantitative methods. He also taught courses in program evaluation and policy analysis as an adjunct lecturer at Brown University, and developed online courses in microeconomics for Harvard/MIT's edX and in evidence-based decision making for Harvard's Evidence in Policy Design (EPoD). Previous work includes education reform and program evaluation at development organizations, including Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Ghana, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Pakistan, and the World Bank in DC. He holds an MPA from HKS and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from MIT.

 

Nejem Raheem, Co-Principle Investigator 
Nejem has almost 20 years of economic analysis experience working on integrating cultural perspectives into land-use decisions of historically marginalized communities and improving the representation of traditional and indigenous as well as ecological perspectives into economic decisions. Nejem is an assistant professor of Economics at Emerson College in Boston, where he teaches courses on ecological, behavioral, micro, and conservation economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of New Mexico.

 

Shruti Jagirdar, Research Associate
Shruti Jagirdar is a public policy professional with experience in economic research, monitoring, and evaluation, strategy, and advocacy. She has been a Policy and Training Manager at J-PAL South Asia and has worked closely with decision-makers, donors, and implementers to ensure that policy is driven by evidence, and effective programs are scaled up. Shruti holds a Bachelor's degree in Statistics from the University of Mumbai and a Master's in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University where she was a Narotam Sekhsaria and Starr Foundation scholar.

 

Mirit Lugassi, Strategic Adviser
Mirit is a business executive with more than a decade of experience in business development, strategic partnerships, and business strategy in the finance and legal industries. She is currently acting as a Director, Program and Investment Strategy at 51 Unicorns focused on gender-smart investing and advises organizations primarily supporting the economic participation of women and girls. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Economics from Tel Aviv University, an MBA, and she is a qualified lawyer in the state of New York.