Author Dirk Philipsen will be in the store to read from his book, The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do About It.
The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has expanded from a narrow economic tool into a universal yardstick of progress. In The Little Big Number, Dirk Philipsen shows how the GDP fails to account for critical issues such as sustainability, quality of life, costs, or purpose. It only measures output. Philipsen explores the economic and historical development of the GDP and suggests new ways to measure economic health that will sustain us in the finite world in which we live.
Dirk Philipsen is a professor of economic history at Duke University, a senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics, and a Duke Arts and Sciences Senior Research Scholar. He is the author of We Were the People: Voices from East Germany’s Revolutionary Autumn of 1989. Trained in Germany and the United States, he currently lives in Durham. He will be in the store to read and sign books.