What is Pro-Growth Bias?

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Growth Has Been Good for Decades. So Why Hasn’t Poverty Declined? Neil Irwin has been on our Wall of Shame a few times, with Global Growth is Slowing Down at the Worst Possible Time, and Why the Housing Market is Still Stalling the Economy, so it’s with great pleasure I feature this recent New York Times column on the Wall of Fame today. In Growth Has Been Good for Decades. So Why Hasn’t Poverty Declined? Irwin does remind us of the conventional thinking about the goodness of economic growth: “The surest way to fight poverty is to achieve stronger economic growth. That, anyway, is a view embedded in the thinking of a...
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Paul Krugman Stuck Thinking Inside the Box This column originally ran in the New York Times in May under the headline, Demography and the Bicycle Effect. Truthout republished the piece last week under the headline, Why Economists Worry About Population Growth. I’m very glad to see New York Times columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman take up this topic. It seems like economists are blissfully unaware the world is overpopulated at 7.2 billion. Instead, as nation by nation begins to experience slowing population growth and eventually even population decline, economists are fixated on the prospect of having fewer consumers and workers and therefore a smaller economy. “Japan's...
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Urged to Multiply, Iranian Couples Are Dubious Should this story in Sunday’s New York Times be on the Wall of Fame because it offers good news (even though the reporter apparently didn’t see it that way)? Or should it be on the Wall of Shame because reporter Thomas Erdbrink failed to explore the view that lower fertility rates actually offer hope for future generations? I’m going with Shame because the reader is invited to interpret good news as bad, and the bad news as good: “Worried about a steep decline in fertility rates that experts are predicting could reduce population growth to zero within 20 years, Tehran has...
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Scientists Vindicate 'Limits to Growth' – Urge Investment in 'Circular Economy' Any article that opens with, “According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report…” has my undivided attention. This isn’t the first time Dr. Nafeez Ahmed has been honored on our Wall of Fame, and we sure do love a returning champion. (You may remember a post from March where he was famed). His latest piece for the Guardian, Scientists Vindicate ‘Limits to Growth’ – Urge Investment in ‘Circular Economy’, is a spot-on, refreshing bit of journalism. The study he is referring to is “the 33rd report to the Club of Rome…and includes contributions from a wide range of senior scientists across relevant...
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Pope: Make Babies for the Church (Popemobile Needs Gas) I’m reluctant to roast Pope Francis, our greatest hope for a reversal of anti-contraception Catholic dogma. But Lord knows, for now, the Vatican still has serious sins against sustainability for which to atone. While we generally stick with shaming news media for pro-growth bias, we do spotlight public figures from time to time for their remarks. Time magazine first got our attention with this report about Pope Francis’ Mass remarks in the Vatican on Monday. “…the Pope also counseled childless couples to be fruitful and multiply….” Why? “…in the end this marriage comes to old age in solitude, with the bitterness...
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