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ECONOMIA
THE GROWTH DELUSION
THE GROWTH DELUSION. THE WEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF NATIONS
2018
337
RÚSTICA
978-1-4088-9371-5
ENGLISH
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sinopsis

According to GDP, the economy is in a golden era: economic growth has risen
steadily over the past seventy years and shows no sign of stopping. But if this is the
case, why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise
and wealth inequality as stark as ever?

In this book, author and prize-winning journalist David Pilling demystifies Gross
Domestic Product, a tool that measures the goods and services a country
produces in a set period. Revered by economists, GDP is considered evidence of
a country's success and wellbeing. Yet GDP is actually, at best, a numbers game,
unequipped to deal with the nuances of the digital economy and developing
nations. It also lacks moral judgement: such is the drive for growth that heroin
consumption is valued more than volunteer work. By fixating on GDP, experts
are ignoring alternative models that better reflect reality, and ushering in policies
that could even harm us.

In characteristically clear and lively prose, Pilling draws on a quarter century of
reporting to argue that our steadfast loyalty to GDP is informing misguided
policies – and contributing to a growing mistrust of experts that is shaking the
foundations of our democracy.


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