What's the Economy For, Anyway?

What's the Economy For, Anyway?

Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

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"What's The Economy For, Anyway? is a thought-provoking, funny, readable, anti-ideological book based on the cult hit film of the same name. Here, scholars John de Graaf (author of Affluenza) and David Batker tackle thirteen touchstone economic issues and challenge readers to consider just what the point of our economy is. Emphasizing powerful American ideals such as working together, pragmatism, and equality for all, de Graaf and Batker set forth a simple, powerful goal for any economic system: the greatest good for the greatest number, over the longest run. Their vision will appeal to a wide array of readers across traditional silos. Drawing from this nation's rich economic history, the book shows that the good life in America is achieved when people and markets work together with an active government to create a better economy, one that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Beginning by taking our fetish for GDP and shattering it, the chapters touch on quality of life, health, security, time management, worklife, leisure, social justice, and perhaps most important, sustainability. This sparkling, message-driven book is exactly what we need: a guide to what really matters, and how we can use the resources of our economy to make the world a better place"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 1608195104 (hardback)
9781608195107 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 330.973 DEG
Characteristics: ix, 292 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Batker, David

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Mar 21, 2017

A very informally written book, not really about economics, but more about social criticism; its a strident advocacy for 'happiness' economics, and is entirely about the USA and American society. There are many ideas and references that one can use even if one isn't living in the USA, organizations, websites, and of course, other books.

phkahn Mar 02, 2013

Good book, though it is relatively weak in discussing how traditional economics fails to properly account for the externalities of environmental degradation, and resource depletion.

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