Summary of The Economics of Enough

How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters

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The Economics of Enough book summary
The world economy is damaged. How can society fix it, ethically, to make sure everyone has enough?


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Economist Diane Coyle argues that the 2007-2008 financial crisis was not an isolated event but a symptom of greater issues in the global economy. The forces driving these issues include social progress, climate change and technology, particularly the shift to a knowledge- and service-based economy. In this impressive, strikingly honest book, Coyle works hard to avoid clichéd binaries (left versus right, market versus government) and to base her analysis on research and observation. Some of her insights are useful, and her section on measurement is nicely original. However, her overall call for action is not as fresh, practical or persuasive as her analysis of the problems at hand. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this earnest work of economic inquiry to executives, policy makers and all those who believe that having an ethical society remains a viable goal.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why society needs “economics of enough,”
  • What impedes economic reform
  • How values and metrics can fix society’s well-being


On the Horns of a “Trilemma”
In 2007 and 2008, the world economy faced a massive crisis. This was not capitalism’s first or worst debacle; indeed, every generation or so, the system hits a brick wall with greater or lesser impact. However, the after effects of this crisis – compounded ...
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About the Author

Diane Coyle owns Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy focusing on technology and globalization. She is also the author of The Soulful Science.

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