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'The Alternative' Describes More Ethical Economic Practices

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Nick Romeo's new book is “The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy." (Photo courtesy of Nick Romeo)

Our current growth-based economic systems do not take into account their human cost, argues journalist Nick Romeo. And while there are economic initiatives and programs around the world that have been shown to improve local citizens’ lives, these are few and far between. Yet they provide models, like “true price” initiatives — price tags that account for human labor costs and environmental impacts. Or job guarantee programs, which ensure every member of a community has access to employment. In Romeo’s new book, “The Alternative: How to Build a Just Economy,” he calls for the return of ethics into economics and offers examples around the world — as well as some in California. We’ll talk to him about what works, what doesn’t and what we have to gain if economists take an alternative approach to structuring, teaching and thinking about our economy.


Nick Romeo, journalist, The New Yorker; lecturer, UC Berkeley


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