Economy and Environment: How to Get What We Want

  • Carl B. Becker
Conference paper


Our entire lives are influenced by evaluations, by receiving attention and by being ignored. Children learn to act so as to get attention, and to cease behaviors which get no attention. The same is true of our economies; we learn to emphasize things that gain the attention of government and media, and disvalue things that do not. From this perspective, the problems of economy, environment, education, and media, are problems of getting and keeping attention. We can influence progress in the direction we desire, only when we learn properly to measure that progress.


Gross Domestic Product Income Inequality Hedge Fund Gross National Product Social Security Benefit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of Human and Environmental StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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