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The Growth Trap, Ecological Devastation, and the Promise of Guaranteed Employment

  • Jon D. Wisman

Can we ever practically control the degradation of the environment if the world continues to emphasize economic growth as its answer to social justice? Guarantee employment and grow less rapidly, says the author. He offers an unorthodox idea that deserves a hearing.

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Article provided by M.E. Sharpe, Inc. in its journal Challenge.

Volume (Year): 56 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 53-78

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