The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-being of Nations - David Pilling


In this seminar, David Pilling will explore how economists and their obsession with growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work. Our policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, Gross Domestic Product. By this yardstick we have never been wealthier or happier. So why doesn't it feel that way? Why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever? David Pilling will argue that we need to measure our successes and failures using different criteria. He will also argue that our steadfast loyalty to growth is informing misguided policies – and contributing to a rising mistrust of experts that is shaking the very foundations of our democracy.



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