09 Dec '11, 1am

Is a healthy economy good for people?

Is a healthy economy good for people?

Here are some other ways you can help keep the economy strong, according to John de Graaf and David K. Batker, authors of What's the Economy For, Anyway? You could have a car accident. That would mean money spent on repairs, insurance, investigations, and maybe even a new car. You could get a divorce. All that money spent on lawyers and court services is good for the economy. On a larger scale, you could hope for a massive oil spill. Cleanup costs contribute to a growing economy. Forget about protecting a forest or conserving a wetland, though. Ducks and bears don't spend money. And services that nature provides , such as carbon storage, water filtration, and habitat for plants and animals, don't factor into most economic equations. That's because the measure most of the world uses to gauge the "health" of the economy is the Gross Domestic Product, the total value of goods...

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