What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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From Population Alarmism to Population Conscientiousness China’s recent decision to drop their one-child policy is enough of a topic to land several articles here on Growth Bias Busted. What people are saying about the policy is revealing of the way many think about population, its connection to other concerns like climate change, and were responsibility falls. An op-ed in the L.A. Times yesterday caught my attention with a potentially Wall of Shame worthy title: China drops its ‘one-child’ policy, now let’s ban the ‘population bomb’. However, written by author Laurie Mazur of the book A Pivotal Moment: Population, Justice and the Environmental Challenge, the article is actually...
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AP: Include Both Perspectives & Leave Out Reporter Opinions in Economic Reporting Woe is me. According to Martin Crutsinger of Associated Press: “The U.S. Commerce Department said Thursday that the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, grew at a tepid annual rate of 1.5 per cent in the July-September quarter….” Fortunately: “Encouragingly for the economy, consumer spending remained solid….” If there is a sarcasm emoticon, insert it here. Because I’m actually disappointed in the economic reporters around the world who insert their value judgments about GDP growth into every story, such as this one about the latest quarterly U.S. GDP growth estimates. The reports assume that robust growth is universally acclaimed and...
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Moving Out of Consumptionland Do you ever read something in the news and think to yourself, “They are completely missing the point.” I did that today with an article in Forbes about the Sharing Economy. If you aren’t familiar with the term, the Sharing Economy is how we describe things like Uber and AirBnB – the move toward sharing items we already own with people who need them temporarily. We share, like good little kindergarteners, with our friends, or with strangers, and perhaps make a little money on the side. Sometimes, it becomes a second job, or even primary revenue, but the point is that...
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Economic Reporting Driven With Defective Dashboard Today’s Wall of Shame “honoree” is a classic example of the pro growth bias that pervades our media. It’s classic because it illustrates perfectly these key points that are central to what we’re trying to highlight at Growth Bias Busted: Pro growth bias is presented not as a perspective, and opinion, or one of many viewpoints. It is presented as unquestioned, universal truth. In most cases, journalists guilty of biased reporting are not conscious of the bias. They do not intend to propagandize. Their reporting is informed by years of bias that have clouded their own judgment. I know the reporter...
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Spread Our Fabulous DNA! This headline grabbed my attention: We Have a Moral Obligation to Colonize Space What? You have GOT to be kidding me. We’ve gotten to the point on Earth that colonialism has finally outlived its usefulness. And while it may have been useful, I’m not at all sure it occupied any moral high ground. This video features the thoughts of Chris Mason, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics & Assistant Professor of Computational Genomics at Weill Cornell Medical College. I share it here today, on the Wall of Shame, because it does give us something to ponder. (Thanks, really, to Chris Mason...
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