October 03, 2012

If you insist on killing it, even limited growth will be over.

Sir, I refer to Martin Wolf´s “Is the age of unlimited growth over?" October 3. It includes a recount of an interesting paper written by Robert Gordon on the slowing rate of innovations, and that should naturally also lead into the theme of how we account for growth. That when women work that is growth but when they stay home not, is only one of the many questions. 

That said, I just know that whenever a society instructs one of their primary resource allocations agents, the banks, to forget the “risky” and go exclusively for the not-risky, with an “if you do so we will allow you to hold much capital and you will be able to leverage much more and thereby obtain a higher return on your equity”, then even the age of limited growth can come to its end. 

And of course, if growth is over, there are going to be more pressures for the Martin Wolf´s of this world, those in the 1 percent of the job markets, to quit their jobs earlier, so as to allow younger generations a chance for a job, albeit for a shorter and shorter period… that is of course unless he suggests they should haul water for fun, and he wants to pay for it.