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February 28, 2021

Over-growth

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Yet, zero growth has a negative connotation because many people fail to distinguish between growth and development. A good analogy to our economy is a human body: a baby grows but eventually stops accreting matter and demanding more energy, but a grown adult can continue to develop through education and experience without any growth at all.

To pick a random example that conflates growth and development and ignores standard economic policy, the ‘park and ride’ (letter 27 February) argues against the Byron Bypass – which I agree with – but building projects, especially on a large scale, help fulfil our macroeconomic policy of growing. The author also makes the common error of referring to the West Byron Development project, which is in fact a growth project.

An appropriate alternative to the growth economy is Herman Daly’s steady-state economy: ase.tufts.edu/gdae/es135/SSE.pdf.


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