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Book Talk: Growth for Good

January 18, 2023 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

The Scholl Chair International Business and the Economics Program at CSIS invite you to a book event with Alessio Terzi on January 18, 2023 at 10:00 AM ET. Alessio Terzi is the author of Growth for Good: Reshaping Capitalism to Save Humanity from Climate Catastrophe. Mr. Terzi is also an Economist at DG ECFIN of the European Commission and a lecturer at HEC Paris and Sciences Po (Lille). 

In his book, Mr. Terzi finds that across centuries of diverse civilizations, the focus on economic expansion is deeply interwoven with the human quest for happiness, well-being, and self-determination. Growth, he argues, is underpinned by core principles and dynamics behind the West’s rise to affluence. These include the positivism of the Enlightenment, the acceleration of science and technology, and ultimately, progress itself. Today, growth contributes to the stability of liberal democracy, the peaceful conduct of international relations, and the very way society is organized through capitalism. Abandoning growth would not only prove impractical, but would also sow chaos, exacerbating conflict within and among societies.1

Emily Benson and Stephanie Segal will host a discussion with Mr. Terzi on the economics of green growth, discussing the merits of degrowth, how best to utilize trade to combat climate change, and how to rethink traditional notions of growth. 


Contact Information

Emily Benson
Director, Project on Trade and Technology and Senior Fellow, Scholl Chair in International Business
Economist, Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission