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Economics of the Anthropocene Age

  • Explores the very recent phenomenon of the Anthropocene age

  • Offers a scientific explanation for an age of both environmental and social degradation

  • Examines the links between economic growth, income inequality, democracy, and degradation of the environment

  • Presents public policies based on scientific theory


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 1-37
  3. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 39-87
  4. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 89-112
  5. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 113-152
  6. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 153-181
  7. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 183-222
  8. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 223-253
  9. Adolfo Figueroa
    Pages 255-262
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 263-272

About this book


This book uses Figueroa’s unified theory of capitalism to explain how economic growth has led to a new epoch, the Anthropocene, and it presents a new set of economic principles that are needed in this new age. The policies presented in the book are derived from an empirically corroborated scientific theory. Therefore, this book is unique in its discussion of public policy as the result of scientific knowledge, rather than based on ideology or private interests. In the new epoch we have entered, man is now the main factor in the fate of the Earth, and in social terms, the Anthropocene age also implies a period of high and persistent income inequality in the capitalist system, with the consequence of social disorder. Figueroa considers these conditions and addresses fundamental problems of our time, such as the ideal organization of production and distribution, and the functionality of a zero-growth society. Standard economics would approach these problems under the assumption that we still live in the Holocene age, but in this book, Figueroa both explains and develops new economic principles for this new context.


economic principles economic growth capitalism unified theory of capitalism income inequality zero-growth society public policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Pontifical Catholic University of PeruLimaPeru

About the authors

Adolfo Figueroa is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He is the author of two previous books with Palgrave Macmillan, Growth, Employment, Inequality, and the Environment (2015) and Rules for Scientific Research in Economics (2016).

Bibliographic information

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“Figueroa takes us on a journey to understand the synergies between economic growth, income inequality, and environmental degradation within an overarching framework entitled ‘unified theory’. … The overall framework gives an evolutionary system of human interactions which accounts for both biological and social needs and shows how these are shaped by social environment.” (Aurelie Charles, The Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 54 (8), 2018)