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Policies of transition to an economy without growth: analysis of proposals related to consumption, employment, technology and social inequality

Grant number: 11/03842-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2012
Effective date (End): February 28, 2013
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Economics - Agrarian and Natural Resource Economics
Principal Investigator:Ademar Ribeiro Romeiro
Grantee:Beatriz Macchione Saes
Home Institution: Instituto de Economia (IE). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


The intensification of environmental problems facing the growing need for increased material production raises the issue of natural limits of supply capacity of the planet. According to the ecological economist Herman Daly, as a subsystem of the ecosystem, economic activity can not grow infinitely. However, besides the fact that GDP is still the measure of success of governments, it seems impractical to maintain the economic and social stability in a scenario of stagnation or decline. Faced with the challenge of reflecting on the functioning of an economy without growth in developed countries, has been formed a literature that discusses policies needed to transition to a sustainable economy. However, numerous proposals have not yet constitute a sound set of policies that can be implemented and, therefore, organize and discussing them is an important task, both to identify progress of the debate and meaningful experiences in some countries, such as to identify points that deserve more attention or that have not been addressed in due course. Thus, we intend, from the analysis and discussion of literature and the examples provided by these works, answer the following question: studies on the transition to an economy without growth in developed countries provide adequate proposals to meet the challenges of increasing the well welfare, employment, technological innovation and reducing social inequality in the face of reduced growth and what are the limits of these proposals?

Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
SAES, Beatriz Macchione. Ecological macroeconomics : the development of approaches and models from ecological economics. 2013. Master's Dissertation - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Economia.

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