Growth, the Environment and the Distribution of Incomes: Essays by a Sceptical Optimist

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This major volume features a key selection of Wilfred Beckerman's work on the determinants of economic growth in the post-war world, income distribution and environmental policy. Economic growth is the focus of the first part of this volume which includes papers on the causes of differentiated rates of growth in the post-war years, its relationship to welfare, and the desirability of economic growth. The relationship between growth and the state of the environment is the subject of the second part of the volume ...
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Overview

This major volume features a key selection of Wilfred Beckerman's work on the determinants of economic growth in the post-war world, income distribution and environmental policy. Economic growth is the focus of the first part of this volume which includes papers on the causes of differentiated rates of growth in the post-war years, its relationship to welfare, and the desirability of economic growth. The relationship between growth and the state of the environment is the subject of the second part of the volume which includes discussion of the economics of climate change, obligations to future generations and the justification of discounting. In this part of the book, Dr Beckerman also questions the concept of sustainable development. The third part of the book, on inequality and poverty, focuses on the distribution of incomes, the conceptual problems of poverty measurement and the impact of social security payments in Britain. This volume also features an extensive introduction in which the author looks back on his career both as an academic and as a civil servant.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1 The Economist as a Modern Missionary 3
2 Projecting Europe's Growth 11
3 The Determinants of Economic Growth 25
4 The Desirability of Economic Growth 54
5 Economic Growth and Welfare 78
6 Comparative Growth Rates of "Measurable Economic Welfare": Some Experimental Calculations 99
7 Is Economic Growth Still Desirable? 123
8 Review of The Sources of Economic Growth in the United States and the Alternatives Before Us 147
9 Review of Modern Capitalism 151
10 Growth: Economics or Sociology? 156
11 Review of The Next 200 Years 162
12 Economists, Scientists, and Environmental Catastrophe 167
13 "Environment", "Needs" and "Real Income Comparisons" 185
14 Economic Development and the Environment: A False Dilemma International Conciliation 192
15 The Logic of Environmental Choice 207
16 Human Resources: Are They Worth Preserving? 217
17 Global Warming and International Action: An Economic Perspective 238
18 Economic Growth and the Environment: Whose Growth? Whose Environment? 275
19 "Sustainable Development": Is it a Useful Concept? 291
20 Why Do Anything for Posterity? 310
21 Is Discounting the Future "Unfair" to Future Generations? 326
22 Growthmania Revisited 345
23 What No-Growth Society? 353
24 The International Distribution of Incomes 361
25 Some Reflections on "Redistribution with Growth" 380
26 The Impact of Income Maintenance Payments on Poverty in Britain 392
27 Does Slow Growth Matter? Egalitarianism versus Humanitarianism 411
28 The Measurement of Poverty 433
29 Stagflation and the Third World 450
Name index 471
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