Monthly forum: Why and how the US, China and the EU should abandon economic growth
ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, ETUI meeting room 7th floor; 12h30 - 14h00

Speaker: Eloi Laurent, senior economist at OFCE (Sciences Po, Paris), Professor at the School of management and innovation at Sciences Po and Visiting Professor at Stanford University

Comments:  Ludovic Voet, ETUC Confederal Secretary and Aurore Lalucq, MEP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

Briefing: The beginning of our 21st century is characterized by three agonizing crises: the crisis of inequality, ecological crises and the democratic crisis. If we wish to fix them, we need to be able to understand and first, to measure them. Our passion for growth prevents us from doing it. Growth and its incarnation, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are one-eyed about economic well-being, blind to human well-being, deaf to social suffering and dumb about the state of the planet. In the US, China and the EU it is becoming ever more clear that a new approach is needed, that can be labelled "the well-being transition", to anchor well-being and sustainability indicators in private and public policies and thereby anchor private and public policies in the 21st century.

Eloi Laurent is the author of the forthcoming Sortir de la croissance – mode d’emploi (Les Liens qui Libèrent, October 2019) and The New Environmental Economics – Sustainability and Justice (Polity, November 2019).

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A light lunch will be served from 12h in the meeting in the room.