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16. Growth. Do We Really Need It?

January 3rd, 2017

In this edition of the Debunking Economics podcast Phil Dobbie asks Professor Steve Keen why the economy is dependent on growth. Is it psychological – that we like to think we are better off – or is there a mathematical reason that demands growth? Mainstream economists are hell-bent on growth and believe that innovation will always ensure we manage to do more with the resources available. But can that be achieved without ruining the planet, and how do we ensure there is an effective distribution of wealth and consumption?