Event – Beyond Growth – Towards a New Economic Approach
Michael Jacobs, Denis Snower, Katharina Beck, Christoph Schmidt and Nicola Brandt discuss on February 15 about the meaningfulness of growth and how to make economic policy more goal-oriented.
PUBLISHED12. FEBRUARY 2021
READING TIME1 MIN
The debt brake is wobbling, central banks are talking about climate, topics like sustainable development and the common good economy are booming: since the global financial crisis and with increasing environmental and climate awareness, criticism of prevailing economic policy concepts is growing. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría has appointed a high-level group of experts to develop reform proposals for economic policy. The guiding idea is not to see growth as an end in itself, but as a means to achieve social goals such as ecological sustainability, equal opportunities and individual and global well-being. Author Michael Jacobs presents the key findings of the final report. Afterwards, he discusses with Dennis Snower, member of the Expert Council, Katharina Beck (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and Christoph Schmidt (RWI Essen).
Michael Jacobs’ report sets out what can be done to address the profound challenges and problems we face today. He argues that this requires a new set of goals and benchmarks of economic and social progress, new frameworks for economic analysis and new types of policy.
The key info for the event organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the OECD: