Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist
A Financial Times “Best Book of 2017: Economics”
800-CEO-Read “Best Business Book of 2017: Current Events & Public Affairs”
Economics is the mother tongue of public policy. It dominates our decision-making for the future, guides multi-billion-dollar investments, and shapes our responses to climate change, inequality, and other environmental and social challenges that define our times.
Pity then, or more like disaster, that its fundamental ideas are centuries out of date yet are still taught in college courses worldwide and still used to address critical issues in government and business alike.
That’s why it is time, says renegade economist Kate Raworth, to revise our economic thinking for the 21st century. In Doughnut Economics, she sets out seven key ways to fundamentally reframe our understanding of what economics is and does. Along the way, she points out how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design.
Named after the now-iconic “doughnut” image that Raworth first drew to depict a sweet spot of human prosperity (an image that appealed to the Occupy Movement, the United Nations, eco-activists, and business leaders alike), Doughnut Economics offers a radically new compass for guiding global development, government policy, and corporate strategy, and sets new standards for what economic success looks like.
Raworth handpicks the best emergent ideas—from ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science—to address this question: How can we turn economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive, into economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow?
Simple, playful, and eloquent, Doughnut Economics offers game-changing analysis and inspiration for a new generation of economic thinkers.
1. Change the Goal 27
-from GDP to the Doughnut
2. See the Big Picture 53
-from self-contained market to embedded economy
3. Nurture Human Nature 81
-from rational economic man to socialadaptable humans
4. Get Savvy with Systems 111
-from mechanical equilibrium todynamic complexity
5. Design to Distribute 139
-from ‘growth will even it up again’ todistributive by design
6. Create to Regenerate 175
-from ‘growth will clean it up again’ toregenerative by design
7. Be Agnostic about Growth 207
-from growth addicted to growth agnostic
We Are All Economists Now 243
Appendix: Te Doughnut and Its Data 254
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