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Consumptionomics by Chandran Nair

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Prosperity without growth?

This book is not anti-growth, nor does it advocate poverty. Certainly, prosperity without growth should be the planet’s long-term goal, as eventually we must find ways of flourishing that do not require an ever-expanding use of resources. For now, however, that task should be left to the world’s rich countries.

But this book’s subject is not the rich world. It is about Asia, and the very different tasks Asian countries confront. Here, governments must produce growth while protecting ecological and social goods. The first of these tasks is accepting the reality of a growing population set to peak around mid-century. The poorest of these people must be lifted out of poverty to join all those others enjoying rich and fruitful ...

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