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The Quality of Life, the National Interest and the Role of Economics


  • Gruen, F.


This paper is a contribution to a series of seminars in honour of the late Ronald Henderson. The author was asked to address the question of how the national interest, possible loss of national sovereignty can be addressed within the market framework and whether there are reasons for concern about a reduced quality of life with contemporary economic growth.

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  • Gruen, F., 1996. "The Quality of Life, the National Interest and the Role of Economics," CEPR Discussion Papers 344, Centre for Economic Policy Research, Research School of Economics, Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:auu:dpaper:344

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    JEL classification:

    • F01 - International Economics - - General - - - Global Outlook
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General


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