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Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance

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How the world has become much better and why optimism is abundantly justified

Why do so many people fear the future? Is their concern justified, or can we look forward to greater wealth and continued improvement in the way we live?

Our world seems to be experiencing stagnant economic growth, climatic deterioration, dwindling natural resources, and an unsustainable level of p
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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published December 5th 2019 by Wiley (first published November 26th 2019)
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L.A. Starks
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent and upbeat overview of--well, everything--from a humane economist's point of view, with a foreword by John Mackey, former CEO of Whole Foods. What I especially liked and what readers should note is the reference and deference shown to Deirdre McCloskey and her work on betterment (a word you can sometimes see at Whole Foods). McCloskey's thesis is that the great Enrichment, during which standards of living multiplied far more than ever before, was due to the ability of those ...more
Justus
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Laurence Siegel is a financial academic who normally writes on topics like actuarial finance and the equity risk premium in publications like The Journal of Portfolio Management or the Retirement Management Journal. I've read several of his papers and like this so when I heard he was writing a book I was curious to check it out.

The goal is summed up in an anecdote early on in the book:

I was having a delicious dinner in Milan with a European business colleague who told me his children “didn’t pla
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Smh624
Apr 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I have to breakdown my rating of this book:
Fewer and Richer parts are 4 stars - lots of informative and thought-provoking information and graphics
Greener - 1 star - I am a big believer in conservation and work in renewable energy. The content in this section is largely out of date, silly or in the case of nuclear energy woefully simplistic and naive.

This book as an academic book layout with way too many sections, headings, font and point size changes. There is no flow to reading it. - 1.5 stars

I
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Daniel
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good summary of the future.

1. Fewer: declining birth rate. So less crowded and less use of resources.
2. Richer: economic progress will continue. Things are getting cheaper and better. The agricultural revolution is providing more food for many more people. People will be able to work longer.
3. Greener: richer countries are cleaner. Nuclear energy is clean and causes far fewer deaths. New molten sand technology.

So the future is bright. Probably we will all be Japan. I just find this book no
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Michal Sventek
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Siegel presents the case of Fewer (people - the population boom coming to a halt as countries and their people grow richer, therefore no infinitely-growing consumption (of goods, energy, etc.)), Richer (countries and their people - through economic development, people no longer need to worry about survival, hunger, etc.) and, finally, Greener (both Fewer and Richer combined means a green growth (as studies show that the richer the people get, the more they care about environmental issues), a dec ...more
Eric
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance by Laurence B. Siegel
I received this book as a gift from my investment advisors. Annually, the offer a short selection of books that they recommend. Without doubt, Fewer, Richer, Greener belongs on the list of anyone who is an energy professional, an educational leader, has an interest in economics, and I could go on and on.

I am not going to try to summarize my views on the book into any kind of coherent rational analysis. Rat
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Mason Masters
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Basically a summation but very optimistic. Recommend for perspective.
Al
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a really useful compendium of contrarian, but realistic, information refuting some of the dire fates predicted by many for the earth and its inhabitants. It's far from Pollyanna, but it does provide a useful set of arguments against the ceaseless bombardment we receive from books and news media trumpeting one or another of the disasters soon to descend upon us. Siegel has divided (I hesitate to say organized) his book into sections, including Population, Prosperity, and Environment/Clim ...more
Henry Barry
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pretty solid book. This reminds me why I love economics so much, and puts a lot of things in good perspective. Well written and a pretty quick read. I'd give it five stars, but it didn't entirely blow my mind because I have studied or read a lot of the things mentioned in it before. ...more
Liz Brenner-Leifer
It is an interesting book. I listened to the book on tape. I found the tone of the writing as delivered by the narrator very annoying, almost arrogant, and I would not recommend the book on tape. Perhaps if I had read the book directly I would have found the writing style less annoying
B Suth
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
fantastic book, very interesting concepts discussed, and the charts/graphs are easy to follow and put into perspective
Amberwench
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A pleasantly optimistic look at where humans stand and where we're headed on the topics of population, work, technology, and the planet. Well cited and includes a list for further reading. ...more
Ron Cordes
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An inspired view of the progress we’ve made in attacking a Amir problems facing the world and the ultimate future of mankind
G.H. White
Very interesting topics and good writing style. Worthy of your time to read, especially, if you would like something other than "climate change will kill us all." ...more
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