The Cult of GDP Can Economies Function without Growth?

Faith in unlimited growth has been shaken since the start of the financial crisis. Some economists are already questioning the wisdom of the more-is-more philosophy, with its emphasis on constantly rising economic output. But just how important is growth to an economy, and does it actually make people any happier?
Photo Gallery: The Limits of Growth
Foto: Jens Büttner/ picture-alliance/ dpa
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Photo Gallery: The Limits of Growth

Photo Gallery: The Limits of Growth
Foto: Jens Büttner/ picture-alliance/ dpa
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Photo Gallery: The Limits of Growth

Photo Gallery: The Limits of Growth
Foto: Jens Büttner/ picture-alliance/ dpa
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Photo Gallery: The Limits of Growth

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan