Common Wealth by Jeffrey D. Sachs
Economics for a Crowded Planet

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In Common Wealth, Jeffrey D. Sachs-one of the world's most respected economists and the author of The New York Times bestseller The End of Poverty- offers an urgent assessment of the environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and extreme poverty that threaten global peace and prosperity. Through crystalline examination of hard facts, Sachs predicts the cascade of crises that awaits this crowded planet-and presents a program of sustainable development and international cooperation that will correct this dangerous course. Few luminaries anywhere on the planet are as schooled in this daunting subject as Sachs, and this is the vital product of his experience and wisdom.
 

About Jeffrey D. Sachs

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JEFFREY D. SACHS is the Director of The Earth Institute and professor of health policy and management at Columbia University. He is also special advisor to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: From 2002 to 2006, he was special advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, designed to reduce extreme poverty, disease, and hunger by the year 2015. In 2004 and 2005 he was named among the 100 most influential leaders in the world by Time magazine. Prior to joining Columbia, he spent more than twenty years at Harvard University.







Author Residence: New York City







Author Hometown: Detroit, MI
 
Published March 18, 2008 by Penguin Books. 400 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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has systematically reduced the scope of the social welfare system in health care, job protection, child support, housing support, and retirement security.” Yet, he optimistically adds, the financial cost of making “major corrections” is small relative to the size of the U.S. economy, assuming pro...

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By 2050, he writes, the world’s population may rise to 9.2 billion from 6.6 billion today — an increase of 2.6 billion people, which is “too many people to absorb safely.” The combination of climate change and a rapidly growing population clustering in coastal urban zones will set the stage for m...

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Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D Sachs 386pp, Allen Lane, £22 After no little delay, the economists have now joined the natural scientists in warning of a dire future for humanity.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this sobering but optimistic manifesto, development economist Sachs (The End of Poverty ) argues that the crises facing humanity are daunting—but solutions to them are readily at hand.

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Literary Review

If the Democrats take the White House in November, this latest tome from Jeffrey Sachs, one of the world's most influential economists, could easily end up serving as the manifesto for global affairs of a President Obama or Clinton.

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OpEdNews

All true, but what about the 'finance economy,' the global market of pure speculation on money, banking, and corporations that when freed up by WTO and IMF intervention creates a huge vacuum of money heading towards the first world from the developing world, as experienced by the Asian 'tigers' t...

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Spectator Book Club

Does it matter that Sachs — like a large number of other self-appointed polymaths active in the public policy arena — exaggerates, misunderstands and gets his facts wrong?

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Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the New York based Earth Institute, has established a formidable reputation as someone who thinks hard, and worries even harder, about the future of the planet.

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