Currently, there is minimal research on growth dependence. Leading economists, for example, never question growth. The empty promise of politicians is “smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.” Similarly, the environmental strategy of the OECD and the World Bank is just “green growth,” there is no “Plan B.” And – as of now – there is no funding for research on growth dependence, which can make one pessimistic about progress.

But this we can change! By demanding funding for research on growth dependence, we can encourage thinking about the many complexities that need to be addressed in non-growing economies. In this way, new voices will be amplified in economics. If economists change, policy advice will change. Furthermore, public discourse will change. And, eventually, the world may change.

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