Reading Notes on Dasgupta, "Economics: A Very Short Introduction": Households and Firms
Reading Notes on Dasgupta, "Economics: A Very Short Introduction": Social Welfare and Democratic Government

Reading Notes on Dasgupta, "Economics: A Very Short Introduction": Sustainable Development

Discussion Questions:

  • Why are we destroying our fisheries? Why are we rapidly using up our atmosphere's capacity to absorb carbon dioxide without substantial increases in temperature? Why is such a large chunk of our population potentially short of fresh water?

  • Why have we been able to successfully capture and use 40% of the photosynthesis on earth without already severely disrupting our planet?

  • How have we managed to become so much more numerous and rich since 1800 without rapidly-rising prices of pretty much all natural resources?

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