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Please help answering discussion questions below, they go with the detached article. Do not know where to begin or end. Only has to be 2 or three paragraphs or shorter.

1.Is the U.S. better off as a nation if we build new SUVs?

2.What would you suggest go into an US index of national health and wealth beyond output of goods and services?

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These questions are designed to help you think about the use of GDP as a "yardstick of economic performance" as the article mentions. If we look only at GDP, then the US is indeed better off producing a lot of SUVs. Anything that generates output is going to increase GDP. But ...

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Discussion of measuring national well being in terms of SUV production is provided in the solution.