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The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations

The Growth Delusion: The Wealth and Well-Being of Nations

作者 : David Pilling

出版社 : BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING

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「本書說明了寓言國王的新衣的核心,也說明了這個國王一開始根本就不是掌權者。」─大衛‧米契,《雲圖》作者

「(美國)聯準會應該要來看一下這本書。」─富比士雜誌


《金融時報》亞洲版主編凌大為,以多年的經驗及研究,在本書中解釋關於大眾對於經濟成長的虔誠和謬論,眾多主流媒體給予好評,認為這是政府當下必須閱讀的一本書。

現代社會的經濟系統由專家學者們制定出來的公式、標準所掌控,這些公式算出來生活費、教育費、國家的建設費、軍事費等等應該花多少錢,但這些數字並不代表一切。

過於重視數字而不是實際需求的結果,造成了許多問題,雖然經濟成長率每年成長,但民眾卻對未來越來越悲觀。

從衡量財富、幸福指數、貧富不均等問題著手,凌大為指出社會對於經濟隱藏的偏見,並且指出除了一味執著於GDP,增加幸福指數其實還有其他方法。

A provocative critique of the pieties and fallacies of our obsession with economic growth


We live in a society in which a priesthood of economists, wielding impenetrable mathematical formulas, set the framework for public debate. Ultimately, it is the perceived health of the economy which determines how much we can spend on our schools, highways, and defense; economists decide how much unemployment is acceptable and whether it is right to print money or bail out profligate banks.

The backlash we are currently witnessing suggests that people are turning against the experts and their faulty understanding of our lives. Despite decades of steady economic growth, many citizens feel more pessimistic than ever, and are voting for candidates who voice undisguised contempt for the technocratic elite. For too long, economics has relied on a language which fails to resonate with people's lived experience, and we are now living with the consequences.

In this powerful, incisive book, David Pilling reveals the hidden biases of economic orthodoxy and explores the alternatives to GDP, from measures of wealth, equality, and sustainability to measures of subjective wellbeing. Authoritative, provocative, and eye-opening, The Growth Delusion offers witty and unexpected insights into how our society can respond to the needs of real people instead of pursuing growth at any cost.
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