What is Pro-Growth Bias?

Pro-Growth Bias is reflected in the media by the stories and words chosen, which hint and often trumpet that economic, population, and consumption growth is good and essential. We're here to expose the bias and encourage more balanced and thoughtful journalism. Here you can vote, discuss, and even post stories exemplifying the bias.

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New York Times: Growth Not Working Out So Well This headline in last Friday’s New York Times opinion section got my attention: When the Growth Model Fails It’s definitely worthy of the Wall of Fame when a major news organization acknowledges that our current growth model is failing. While this opinion piece does not necessarily reflect the view of the New York Times editorial board, I do thank the Times for publishing it. How the failure of the current growth model is interpreted and the solutions explored can vary widely. This piece by Paris School of Economics professor Daniel Cohen comes at the subject from a decidedly non-ecological perspective, so it...
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McChurch of McGrowth Everlasting: WSJ Touts New Hymnal from McKinsey Wall Street Journal national economics correspondent Nick Timiraos likely got the facts right in his recent post in the Journal’s Real Time Economics blog, Declining Population Could Reduce Global Economic Growth By 40%. “Declining population growth that shrinks the pool of available labor over the next 50 years will reduce by 40% the rate of growth in global economic output for the world’s 20 largest economies compared to the past 50 years, according to a new study.” No doubt we’ll see a much lower rate of global economic growth going forward. The big productivity gains have been had. Population growth is...
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China to Require Frequent Unprotected Sex Every now and then a story appears that just REQUIRES immediate posting on the Wall of Shame. Do not pass Go; do not collect $100. Such is the case with the recent public policy recommendation from Mei Zhiqiang, deputy head of the birth-control bureau in China’s Shanxi province: China Official Wants to Force Couples to Have Second Child The headline might just as well have been: China: Not Miserable Enough, But Working On It In a world obsessed with the Holy Grail of economic growth, the slowing rate of population growth has recently spawned an epidemic of birth-dearth fears. It’s difficult...
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The Good Life Redefined The human enterprise outgrew the planet 40 years ago and has been treating it like it’s having a going-out-of-business sale ever since. We know that both human numbers and per-capita consumption have got to go down, but it’s very rare to find serious media coverage of ways to significantly cut consumption. For this reason we honor The Conversation for publishing The “Simple Life” Manifesto and How it Could Save Us by Frederick Trainer. The Conversation is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. If this piece is any example, The Conversation...
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Who Moved Obama’s Win-Win Cheese? Brian Czech is one of the best economics writers going, so it is always a pleasure to honor his work on the Wall of Fame at Growth Bias Busted. I’m recommending and commending Czech's latest today because it reflects on how political expediency (and perhaps a few other things) affects a politician’s rhetoric. On U.S. President Barack Obama’s economic discussions: “There is one issue, at least, on which he hasn’t held still, moving in and out like an octopus in a sunken ship. That issue is the relationship between economic growth and environmental protection. Based on his state of the union address,...
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