Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89774
Authors: 
Musu, Ignazio
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4530
Abstract: 
The evolution during the Anthropocene is analyzed through the interaction between economic and technological development, characterized by the role of fossil fuels and by the progressive dominance of those with a higher energy and density power. The challenge is how to make the rising demand for economic growth, mainly coming from developing and emerging countries, compatible with the sustainability of the processes concerning the Earth system. Mainly by focusing on the energy-environment challenge, it is claimed that the required technological breakthrough will not be possible without an appropriate combination of environmental and innovation policies. The big size of the needed investments in a context of limited financial resources asks for a strong support and definition of precise priorities by the governments. A strong help will come from a cultural change able to determine a more sustainable demand for goods and services and a new system of social norms.
Subjects: 
economic development
technical change
sustainability
environment
energy
JEL: 
O10
O30
Q40
Q50
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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