Our economy needs a new direction with a focus on what really matters for people. It looks as if the economy has become a goal in itself, instead of a means to achieve human and social values. The one-sided strive for GDP growth, in line with business interests, distorts our socio-economic policies. Recalling a quote from Thomas Jefferson (1809): “The care of human life and happiness … is the only legitimate object of good government.” Quite some recent research increases our understanding of how the rules of the global and national economies need to be rewritten for a fair and sustainable future. My blogs, papers and presentations on the search for a new economic direction are thusfar mainly in Dutch.
Employing people is too expensive and polluting the environment too cheap. A green tax shift is needed and is most effective when applied at the production side of the economy.… Read More
The shift towards energy without CO2 is technical feasible and affordable as well. Mandates for clean energy are key for the energy transition. See my slides for some main lines.