A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation

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As the United States continues its slow climb out of the Great Recession, it is important to focus on new directions to improve the standard of living in America. This book explores what is behind a faltering standard of living in the United States since the early 1980s and what can be done to restore it. The book is uniquely valuable in going beyond mainstream thinking about how to restore prosperity. Economics has traditionally equated economic growth (increases in per capita income) with improvements in quality of life and the standard of living. This book questions that assumption. The different chapters in the book show the standard of living as being more than income, to include many non-market aspects such as access to public goods (roads, clean air and water, schools, parks, and museums), intangible aspects of quality of life such as equity and a sense of community, and broadly based economic opportunities. This means that improving the standard of living is a multi-dimensional challenge rather than one of solely increasing aggregate demand, productivity, or GDP. This book embodies a pluralistic approach and draws on the expertise of a wide array of thinkers. The intended audience is for various courses offered in economics, sociology, political science, public policy programs, and in environmental and ecological studies.

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Richard P. F. Holt is professor of economics at Southern Oregon University.

Daphne T. Greenwood is professor of economics and director of the Colorado Center for Policy Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

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This eminently readable (and frankly, must-read) volume tackles head-on the next--and essential--challenge in the rising Piketty-inspired debate about our future. It asks not 'What Has Happened?' and 'How?' but rather 'What Is to Be Done?' 'How?' and 'Why?' The authors--all talented economists--share not common conclusions but common concerns, about the limits of contemporary economics, the measurement of economic well-being, the organization and valuation of work, and of nature itself. It offers smart, well-measured, and well-reasoned paths toward an 'alternative future.'" --Richard Parker, Harvard University

"The numerous essays in this book scrutinize innovative alternative indicators of socioeconomic performance; and how to increase the 'quality of life, 'general standard of living,' 'well-being,' 'environmental and social sustainability,' as well as 'intangible capitals' and 'social investment' in children. This book is a remarkable work that sets a high standard for public policy, debate and performance that is relevant for us now and into the foreseeable future. I highly recommend it for researchers and teachers/students of social and economic policy, macroeconomics and ecological economics; as well as for general readers interested in solutions to some of the most pressing problems of the twenty-first century." --Phillip Anthony O'Hara, Director of the Global Political Economy Research Unit

"A Brighter Future is a timely collection of essays that moves beyond the limits of conventional wisdom to develop a holistic prospective on standards of living and to explore potential pathways toward improving them, in all facets." --Richard V. Adkission, New Mexico State University

"In this path breaking volume, Ric Holt and Daphne Greenwood have enlisted an extremely talented group of scholars to share their thinking about how we might turn things around. Readers who study the papers will come away with a renewed sense of optimism. Collectively, their authors make a compelling case that we can well afford what needs to be done. ... Read this volume carefully, and be stimulated to launch some intelligent discussions of your own. From there, what happens is anyone's guess." --From the Foreword by Robert H. Frank, Henrietta Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Cornell University

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