28 Jul Happiness and economics
Richer we”ve become, less happy we are
By SILVER DONALD CAMERON
Sun. Jul 27 – 6:14 AM
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WHAT IS THE PURPOSE of the economy?
I suspect that most of us would say the economy exists to make people comfortable and happy. If so, then it’s logical to believe that the more the economy grows, the happier people will be. That’s why government and industry are always promising greater and faster economic growth.
But what if economic growth doesn”t promote happiness? What if economic growth – beyond a certain level – creates unhappiness? Is “more” always better?
That’s the question behind Bill McKibben’s recent book Deep Economy. An outstanding environmental thinker and writer, McKibben is the author of the landmark book The End of Nature. His new book leads McKibben in some fascinating directions.
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