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On the energy content of a money unit

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  • Beaudreau, Bernard C.
  • Pokrovskii, Vladimir N.

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In this paper, the concept of “productive energy” as a substitute for conventional labour is examined historically, theoretically and empirically. Over the course of the last centuries, productive energy has been substituted for human, muscle- and brain-based work, providing the wherewithal for the phenomenal growth in material wealth in Western societies. In this era of rising energy costs and increasing energy scarcity, future growth appears to be compromised. To better understand the consequences for society, estimates of the energy content of a dollar’s worth of output are provided for the US and Russia.

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  • Beaudreau, Bernard C. & Pokrovskii, Vladimir N., 2010. "On the energy content of a money unit," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 389(13), pages 2597-2606.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:389:y:2010:i:13:p:2597-2606
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2010.03.001
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    1. Pokrovskii, Vladimir N., 2011. "Pulsation of the growth rate of output and technology," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 390(23), pages 4347-4354.
    2. Lindenberger, Dietmar & Kümmel, Reiner, 2011. "Energy and the state of nations," Energy, Elsevier, vol. 36(10), pages 6010-6018.
    3. Lindenberger, Dietmar & Kuemmel, Rainer, 2011. "Energy and the State of Nations," EWI Working Papers 2011-11, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln (EWI).

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