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Intensive Speaker: Should the US and China stop believing in growth?

July 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Should the US and China stop believing in growth?

Growth of GDP (gross domestic product) has been widely view for decades as a solution to most economic and even environmental issues. Today, as”‘growth” becomes more and more a problem and not a solution, we have to look for alternative indicators to pilot our economies in the 21st century. This presentation will explore both the limits of growth as a societal goal and the need for alternatives focusing on the case of the US and China.  (fulfills Water Management intensive requirement)

About the Speaker

Éloi Laurent, PhD, is a Senior Economist at OFCE (Sciences-Po Center for Economic Research, Paris, France). He has a background in policy-making as a former aide in the French Parliament and for the French Prime Minister. He presently teaches at Sciences-Po, in the Stanford University Bing Overseas Program in Paris and in the Stanford University Environmental & Water Studies Summer Program. In the Fall of 2013, he was Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor at Harvard University (Environmental Science and Public Policy concentration). In 2008-2009, he was an assistant to the Stiglitz Commission (Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress) and currently collaborates with the OECD and the French government to design and disseminate new indicators of well-being and sustainability at the national and territorial level. He holds a PhD in Macroeconomics (highest honors) and a Master’s degree from the University of Paris-Dauphine in International Economics and graduated summa cum laude from Sciences Po (Political Science and Economics). In SEWSS 2015, Dr. Laurent teaches New indicators of Well-Being & Sustainability (CEE 171F, CEE 271F).


July 11, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Intensive Speaker Series: Water Management


Geology Corner, Main Quad (Room 105)
450 Serra Mall, Building 320
Stanford, CA 94305
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