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The Prosperity of Vice: A Worried View of Economics by Daniel Cohen

Published By: Translated by Susan Emanuel. Cambridge and London: MIT Press
ISBN: 978-0-262-01730-5
Date of Publication: 2012


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Reviewed by: Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.4.1106.r13
Review Pages: 1140-42

Book Review Abstract

Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University reviews, "The Prosperity of Vice: A Worried View of Economics" by Daniel Cohen. The JEL annotation of this book begins: "English translation of La prospérité du vice: Une introduction (inquiète) à l'économie (2009). Examines the immaterial globalization of information technology as an answer to the risks of perpetual economic growth. Discusses genesis; the birth of the modern world; Malthus's law; unbound Prometheus; perpetual growth; the economic consequences of the war; the great crisis and its lessons; the golden age and its crisis; the end of solidarities; war and peace; the return of India and China; the end of history and the West; the ecological crash; the financial crash; and the weightless economy. Cohen is Professor of Economics at the École Normale Supérieure and the University of Paris I. Index."


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Joel Mokyr of Northwestern University


JEL Classifications

F02: International Economic Order; Economic Integration; Globalization: General
G01: Financial Crises
N70: Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, Technology, and Other Services: General, International, or Comparative
O30: Technological Change; Research and Development: General
O40: Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity: General


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