Prosperity Without Growth or Ferraris for All? Tim Jackson and Daniel Ben-Ami’s Online Debate

By Gudrun Freese. Originally published at on 11 November 2010

Is more economic growth the solution? Can it deliver prosperity and well-being for a population projected to reach 9 billion? Or is it driving us towards collapse?

In a series of blog posts on the Earthscan website (and reproduced here), Tim Jackson (Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet) and Daniel Ben-Ami (Ferraris for All: In Defence of Economic Progress) will move this crucial debate forward by tracking down their points of departure on economic growth and its benefits, human exceptionalism and natural limits.

These blogs will continue a public conversation they began at their recent Battle of Ideas encounter, which moved online with:

(1) This blog post from Tim and

(2) This response from Daniel.


(3) Tim Jackson’s response to Daniel Ben-Ami’s latest blog will be posted here and on shortly.

Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson is Economics Commissioner on the soon to be axed UK Sustainable Development Commission. He is also Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey and Director of the ESRC Research Group on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE). In addition to his scientific work, Tim is an award-winning dramatist with numerous BBC radio writing credits to his name. You can watch his public lectures and talks, including his 2010 TED talk and his Deakins lecture here.

Daniel Ben-Ami
Daniel Ben-Ami has worked as a journalist specialising in economics and finance for over 20 years, during which he has contributed to many national newspapers and specialist publications. His book on global finance, Cowardly Capitalism (Wiley, 2001), was recommended by the Baker Library of Harvard Business School. His website and blog can be found at

Please add your comments to their blog posts to join the conversation.

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