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Economic Complexity and Evolution

Demand, Complexity, and Long-Run Economic Evolution

Editors: Chai, Andreas, Baum, Chad M. (Eds.)

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  • Develops unique ideas, from one of the few approaches emphasizing the endogenous role of consumer demand for economic growth and institutional change
  • Places special emphasis on the implications for achieving sustainable forms of economic growth
  • Written by a leading range of contributors from the USA, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific
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The purpose of this contributed volume is to consider how global consumption patterns will develop in the next few decades, and what the consequences of that development will be for the economy, policymakers, and society at large. In the long run, the extent to which economic growth translates into better living conditions strongly depends on how rising affluence and new technologies shape consumer preferences. The ongoing rise in household income in developing countries raises some important questions: Will consumption patterns always continue to expand in the same manner as we have witnessed in the previous two centuries? If not, how might things evolve differently? And what implications would such changes hold for not only our understanding of consumption behavior but also our pursuit of more sustainable societies?


About the authors

Andreas Chai is an Associate Professor at Griffith University specialising in the study of consumption behaviour from an evolutionary economic perspective and its implications for economic development, measuring poverty, structural change in the economy and climate change adaptation. His work has been published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Cambridge Journal of Economics as well as the Journal of Evolutionary Economics.

Chad M. Baum is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Food and Resource Economics at the University of Bonn. His main research interests center on the interdisciplinary intersection between consumption theory, evolutionary economics, and public understanding of technological innovation in the food sector. Motivated by the broad pursuit of a sustainable Bioeconomy, his work has appeared in the Journal of Bioeconomics and he has collaborated on a number of interdisciplinary projects exploring the development and acceptance of emerging technologies.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Demand, Complexity, and Long-Run Economic Evolution

    Pages 1-13

    Baum, Chad M. (et al.)

  • Work and Consumption in an Era of Unbalanced Technological Advance

    Pages 17-35

    Friedman, Benjamin M.

  • Institutions Hold Consumption on a Leash: An Evolutionary Economic Approach to the Future of Consumption

    Pages 37-50

    Potts, Jason

  • The Mortgage Treadmill Versus Discretionary Spending and Enforced Leisure

    Pages 51-68

    Earl, Peter E.

  • Ars Ultima Spes? Some Notes on the Unsustainability of Today’s Capitalism and Culture as a Possible Remedy

    Pages 69-89

    Cedrini, Mario (et al.)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-02423-9
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Hardcover $139.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Demand, Complexity, and Long-Run Economic Evolution
Editors
  • Andreas Chai
  • Chad M. Baum
Series Title
Economic Complexity and Evolution
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-02423-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-02423-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-02422-2
Series ISSN
2199-3173
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 189
Number of Illustrations
10 illustrations in colour
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