Getting richer but not happier: it’s a familiar story, for people and for nations. The purpose of the World Happiness Report, now in its third edition for 2015, is to remind governments, civil society, and individuals that income alone cannot secure our wellbeing. True happiness depends on social capital, not just financial capital. The evidence [...]

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NEW YORK – ExxonMobil’s current business strategy is a danger to its shareholders and the world. We were reminded of this once again in a report of the National Petroleum Council’s Arctic Committee, chaired by ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. The report calls on the US government to proceed with Arctic drilling for oil and gas [...]

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In July 1989, the leadership of Solidarity asked me to draft an urgent memo on how Poland could undertake economic reforms to become a market economy and a part of Europe. One of Solidarity’s great leaders, the late Jacek Kuron discussed the key ideas with me in his flat very late into the evening on [...]

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Do robots raise or lower economic well-being? On the one hand, they raise output and bring more goods and services into reach. On the other hand, they eliminate jobs, shift investments away from machines that complement labor, lower wages, and immiserize workers who cannot compete. The net effect of these offsetting forces is unclear. This [...]

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NEW YORK – It is truly odd to read Paul Krugman rail, time and again, against the British government. His latest screed begins with the claim that “Britain’s economic performance since the financial crisis struck has been startlingly bad.” He excoriates Prime Minister David Cameron’s government for its “poor economic record,” and wonders how he [...]

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Speech at Columbia University March 30, 2015 I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak today on the question “What is a Moral University in the 21st Century?”  I want to thank Dr. Robert Klitzman, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at the Columbia University Medical Center, for taking the initiative [...]

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ROME – Following the progress made under the Millennium Development Goals, which guided global development efforts in the years 2000-2015, the world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030. The MDGs focused on ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease, and were the most important global development [...]

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NEW YORK – Of all of the investments needed to achieve sustainable development, none is more important than a quality education for every child. In a knowledge-based world economy, a good education is vital for finding decent work; achieving good health; building functioning communities; developing the skills to be a dependable parent; and growing up to [...]

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Nature 519, 156 (12 March 2015) Dave Griggs relishes Jeffrey Sachs’s analysis of the policy and practice key to a viable future for people and planet. The Age of Sustainable Development Jeffrey D. Sachs Columbia Univ. Press: 2015. ISBN: 9780231173148 As a concept and practice, sustainable development emerged on the global scene in 1972, with [...]

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