Herman Daly

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Herman Daly (born 1938) is an American ecological economist and professor at the School of Public Policy of University of Maryland, College Park in the United States.

He was Senior Economist in the Environment Department of the World Bank, where he helped to develop policy guidelines related to sustainable development. While there, he was engaged in environmental operations work in Latin America.

Before joining the World Bank, Daly was Alumni Professor of Economics at Louisiana State University. He is a co-founder and associate editor of the journal, Ecological Economics.

He is also a recipient of an Honorary Right Livelihood Award (the alternative Nobel Prize), the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Sophie Prize (Norway) and the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Environment Institute, Man of the Year 2008 Adbusters.

He is widely credited with having originated the idea of uneconomic growth, though some credit this to Marilyn Waring who developed it more completely in her study of the UN System of National Accounts.


[edit] Quotes

“If you’ve eaten poison, you must get rid of the substances that are making you ill. Let us then, apply the stomach pump to the doctrines of economic growth that we have been force-fed for decades.” [1]

“We cannot have too many people alive simultaneously lest we destroy carrying capacity and thereby reduce the number of lives possible in all subsequent time periods.”[citation needed]

“Environmental degradation is an iatrogenic disease induced by economic physicians who treat the basic malady of unlimited wants by prescribing unlimited growth.... Yet one certainly does not cure a treatment-induced disease by increasing the treatment dosage.” [2]

“Current economic growth has uncoupled itself from the world and has become irrelevant. Worse, it has become a blind guide.” [3]

[edit] Publications

Daly's interest in economic development, population, resources, ecological economics, and the environment has resulted in over a hundred articles as well as numerous books, including:

  • 1977, Steady-State Economics
  • 1989, For the Common Good, with theologian John B. Cobb, Jr.: This received the Grawemeyer Award for ideas for improving World Order.
  • Daly, Herman E. (November 1993). "The Perils of Free Trade". Scientific American 269 (5): 24-29. 
  • 1993, Valuing the Earth, with Kenneth Townsend
  • 1996, Beyond Growth
  • 1999, Ecological Economics and the Ecology of Economics
  • 2003, Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, with Joshua Farley: an economics textbook.
  • 2005 Economics in a Full World, article in Scientific American

[edit] References

  1. ^ "Selected Growth Fallacies". http://www.thesocialcontract.com/pdf/thirteen-three/xiii-3-185.pdf. Retrieved on 2008-03-31. 
  2. ^ Daly, H. (2004). The Steady-State Economy. In Eds. S.M. Wheeler and T. Beatley pp.47-52. "The Sustainable Urban Development Reader". Routledge Urban Reader Series. isbn 041531187X
  3. ^ "Selected Growth Fallacies". http://www.thesocialcontract.com/artman2/publish/tsc1303/article_1143.shtml. Retrieved on 2009-01-13. 

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