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The Growth Delusion


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David Pilling is an associate editor at The Financial Times, where he has reported on business, economics, and politics from London, Chile, Argentina, Tokyo, and Hong Kong. He is currently the Africa editor, based in London.


"Masterful. . . . Rarely does a study of gross domestic product (GDP) and growth sizzle with such wit and acuity, but Financial Times editor David Pilling manages the feat." --Nature

"Engaging and enlightening, The Growth Delusion explains not only why the emperor has no clothes, but why he wasn't really the emperor in the first place." --David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas "The Fed needs to read this economics book." --Forbes "It's not often, as in 'never, ' that I've been able to recommend a book about economic measurement that's both important and downright entertaining. Yet, in The Growth Delusion that's precisely what author David Pilling provides." --Jared Bernstein, The Washington Post "Engaging and fast-paced. . . . A wonderfully cosmopolitan survey." --Adam Tooze, The Guardian "Briskly and engagingly, David Pilling alerts us to our impoverished sense of reality in an age that has sacrificed quality to quantity. The Growth Delusion should be read by everyone who wants to make sense of the political earthquakes of our time." --Pankaj Mishra, author of Age of Anger "David Pilling is a witty, well-informed, and well-traveled guide to our obsession with growth, even when it is poorly defined or fails to measure what we care about. He appreciates what growth has done for so many, but his skepticism about GDP--and its alternatives--is an invaluable primer as we try to do better. If he sometimes makes fun of measurement, he also makes measurement fun. A real achievement." --Angus Deaton, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics "The Growth Delusion goes straight to the heart of the matter. . . . With the eye of a seasoned journalist, Pilling colourfully captures why it is that GDP is such a quirky--some might say downright misleading--statistic." --Felix Martin, The Financial Times "An informative and sometimes humorous book. . . . When it comes to the economy, Pilling argues, officials and leaders should pay a little more attention to quality and a little less to quantity." --Foreign Affairs "An excellent and timely book which should be mandatory reading for policymakers, economists, investors, and, yes, journalists. It exposes the folly of our reliance on a narrow concept of economics as a sign of well-being--and does this in a lively, well written, and easy-to-understand way that draws on Pilling's long career around the world. Most important of all, it offers a series of sensible ideas about how to improve our sense of economics--and embrace better yardsticks to measure the world." --Gillian Tett, author of The Silo Effect "If you thought that GDP did not necessarily translate into increased welfare, David Pilling shows convincingly why you were right. One of the Financial Times's most brilliant columnists, Pilling has produced a book that will become a classic." --Jagdish Bhagwati, author of Why Growth Matters "A timely warning about how fast the global economy is speeding towards a range of dangerous roadblocks--climate change, populism, financial crises." --The Times Literary Supplement "In The Growth Delusion, Pilling makes an important yet complicated subject accessible to experts and non-experts alike. The book offers a most insightful and at times witty guide to the essential question: what precisely is economic growth for, and how can it be harnessed to improve the lives of people in poor countries as well as rich ones?" --Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the UN

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