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Author Ayres, Robert U.

Title The economic growth engine : how energy and work drive material prosperity / Robert U. Ayres and Benjamin Warr.

Published Cheltenham ; Northampton, Mass. : Edward Elgar, c2009.


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Physical description xxi, 411 p. : ill.
Notes "Published in association with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-392) and index.
Contents 1. Background -- ch. 2. Technical progress -- ch. 3. Industrial metabolism : mass/energy flows -- ch. 4. Exergy conversion to useful work -- ch. 5. Economic growth theories -- ch. 6. The production function approach. -- ch. 7. Numerical results for the US and Japan -- ch. 8. Growth forecasting -- ch. 9. Economic growth and development : towards a catch-up model (simplified REXSF model) -- ch. 10. Conclusions, implications and caveats.
Summary The historic link between output (GDP) growth and employment has weakened. Since there is no quantitively verifiable economic theory to explain past growth, this unique book explores the fundamental relationship between thermodynamics (physical work) and economics.
Other author Warr, Benjamin.
Edward Elgar Publishing.
Subject Economic development.
Power resources -- Economic aspects.
Power resources -- Technological innovations.
Thermodynamics -- Economic aspects.
Technological innovations -- Economic aspects.
ISBN 1848441827 (hbk.)
9781848441828 (hardback)
9781849804356 (pbk.)
9781848445956 (e-book)