Dirk Philipsen

Dirk Philipsen

Dirk Philipsen is a professor of economic history, a Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics and an Arts and Sciences Senior Research Scholar at Duke University. He was educated in Germany and the U.S., and holds degrees in economics and history. His work and teaching is focused on sustainability and the history of capitalism. For more information, please visit dirkphilipsen.com. His latest book, "THE LITTLE BIG NUMBER: How GDP Came to Rule the World - And What to do About It," is published by Princeton University Press (May 2015). Here is a brief summary: "All modern economies are organized to pursue one central goal: indiscriminate growth as measured by GDP. Despite widespread criticism, they continue to follow a path we can no longer afford. Explaining how and why this happened, this book explores ways out of our global dilemma of working for stupid growth."

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