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David Pilling

The Growth Delusion: Why Economists are Getting it Wrong SOLD OUT

David Pilling

Saturday, 24 March 2018

12:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

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Journalist and writer David Pilling says the economist’s cult of growth has hijacked policy-making and argues for a new way of measuring our success.

Pilling says the relentless focus on growing gross domestic product (GDP) ought to have left us feeling wealthier and happier. Instead, populism is on the rise across the globe and wealth inequalities are as stark as ever. Pilling says much of what is important to our wellbeing such as clean air, safe streets, and steady jobs lies outside the standard measure of growth, and he argues that single-minded pursuit of growth is leading to misguided policies.

Pilling has been a writer and editor on the Financial Times for 25 years. He has reported from around the world including as Asia editor and Africa editor and won awards for best commentator and best foreign commentator. He is also author of Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival.

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