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What if Money Grew on Trees?: Asking the Big Questions about Economics
     

What if Money Grew on Trees?: Asking the Big Questions about Economics

by David Boyle
 

Consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns the same amount, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? What would happen if we banned adverts, stopped shopping and rationed carbon? All these ideas and more are analysed and debated

Overview

Consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns the same amount, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? What would happen if we banned adverts, stopped shopping and rationed carbon? All these ideas and more are analysed and debated in this timely new book.Consider a world where gold is worthless, everybody earns the same amount, banks do not exist and international trade is banned. Would our lives be better if all work was fun, debt was wiped out and anybody could live wherever they wanted? What would happen if we banned adverts, stopped shopping and rationed carbon? All these ideas and more are analysed and debated in this timely new book.

In between these speculations, there are also seven historical ‘what ifs’, which examine the consequences of real-life economic experiments, such as ‘What if we abolish slavery?’ and ‘What if we just keep printing banknotes?’.

You need to speculate to accumulate. With its informative and thought-provoking speculations, ‘What If Money Grew on Trees?’ will help you to accumulate the knowledge you need to understand the way the financial world works today, and to consider the shape it might take in the future.

Also available in the series ‘What If Einstein Was Wrong?’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782401179
Publisher:
Ilex Press/ Ivy Press
Publication date:
09/02/2013
Series:
What If...
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

David Boyle, consultant editor, has written widely about the future of money, with titles including Money Matters, The Money Changers and Funny Money. He is a contributor to the Guardian, the New Statesman and The Tablet.

Neva Goodwin, who provides the foreword, is Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, Massachusetts, USA.

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