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Buddhist Economics: An Enlightened Approach to the Dismal Science

March 2, 20173:00 pm4:30 pm 820 Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley


Traditional economics measures the ways in which we spend our income, and doesn’t attribute worth to the crucial human interactions that give our lives meaning. Clair Brown, an economist at UC Berkeley and a practicing Buddhist, has developed a holistic model, one based on the notion that quality of life should be measured by more than national income.

Brown advocates an approach to organizing the economy that embraces, rather than skirts, questions of values, sustainability, and inequality. Complementing the award-winning work of Paul Krugman and Jeffrey Sachs, and the paradigm-breaking spirit of Thomas Piketty and Amartya Sen, Brown incorporates the Buddhist emphasis on interconnectedness, capability, and happiness into her vision for a sustainable and compassionate world.

Read more about the book here.

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Clair BrownClair Brown is Professor Emeritus of Economics at UC Berkeley, where she is director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society. She is also a former director of IRLE.


820 Barrows Hall, Social Science Matrix at UC Berkeley