Dethroning GDP: A Conversation on the Global Movement for New Measures of Progress

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Dethroning GDP: A Conversation on the Global Movement for New Measures of Progress
CountryUnited States
CityNew York
Date10/04/2013
SummaryFor decades, rising GDP was considered key to improving society, but today that view is increasingly discredited by policy experts, political leaders, and even many economists, the world over. Demos has led an effort to challenge the dominance of GDP in the nation’s economic and policy debate, last year publishing Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy
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For decades, rising GDP was considered key to improving society, but today that view is increasingly discredited by policy experts, political leaders, and even many economists, the world over. Demos has led an effort to challenge the dominance of GDP in the nation’s economic and policy debate, last year publishing Beyond GDP: New Measures for a New Economy.

As this debate intensifies amid growing economic distress, World Policy Journal partner Demos is proud to welcome international scholar Lorenzo Fioramonti for a public forum on his new book, Gross Domestic Problem: The Politics Behind the World’s Most Powerful Number. Greenpeace International Director Kumi Naidoo writes, “this book is long overdue. Finally, the political interests behind the GDP mantra have been unveiled, forcing us to rethink mainstream economic views and build a more just and sustainable world. It is indeed the most important struggle of our generation.”

Joining Fioramonti in a lively debate, renowned author and investment strategist Peter Marber will respond from a business perspective, and Lew Daly will discuss Demos’ Beyond GDP project, a multi-year campaign to push for implementation of alternative measures to GDP at the federal and state level.

For business leaders, policy advocates, and concerned citizens, this is a great opportunity to engage with leading experts on one of the most contested issues in economic policy. This event is co-sponsored by the World Policy Institute and the Murphy Institute (CUNY)

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