Book talk: 'Past, present, and future of economic growth: how we should rethink it' with Daniel Susskind

25 April 2024

Portrait of Professor Ian Goldin

with Professor Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development

Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016. He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, a Professorial...

Over the past two centuries, economic growth has freed billions from poverty and made our lives far healthier and longer.

As a result, the unfettered pursuit of growth defines economic life around the world. Yet this prosperity has come at an enormous price: deepening inequalities, destabilising technologies, environmental destruction and climate change. Confusion reigns. For many, in our era of anaemic economic progress, the worry is slowing growth - in the UK, Europe, China and elsewhere. Others understandably claim, given its costs, that the only way forward is through 'degrowth', deliberating shrinking our economies.

At this time of uncertainty about growth and its value, award-winning economist Daniel Susskind has written Growth: A Reckoning and in this talk, with Professor Ian Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, he will argue that we cannot abandon growth but instead we must redirect it, making it better reflect what we truly value. He will explore what really drives growth, and offer original ideas for combatting our economic slowdown.

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