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Working group on growth imperatives
The scientific debate about sustainability is still controversial regarding the existence of so called “growth imperatives”. While many authors argue that the fixation on growth is mainly a question of mentality, others suspect that a structural growth imperative exist. They describe its causes with different approaches, disputed for their plausibility. The goal of this working group is to provide a complete and detailed overview of the current state of research, and to categorize and to evaluate the explanations.
- Oliver Richters, Andreas Siemoneit: Why can’t we stop? A critical review on growth imperatives. manuscript.
- Oliver Richters, Andreas Siemoneit: How imperative are the Joneses? Economic Growth between Desire and Social Coercion, VÖÖ Discussion Paper 4, January 2017 (Download PDF).
- Oliver Richters, Andreas Siemoneit: Consistency and Stability Analysis of Models of a Monetary Growth Imperative, Ecological Economics 126, June 2017, pp. 114–125. Preprint as VÖÖ Discussion Paper 1, February 2016.