Jeffrey Sachs on Sustainability and Inequality
This week on our Masters in Business radio podcast, we speak with Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, most recently “Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable.”
We had a far-reaching conversation, covering everything from globalization to technology to infrastructure development to income inequality.
Sachs describes the strengths and weaknesses of recent U.S. presidents -- and his discussion is likely to surprise you. He discusses how he approached the George W. Bush White House about a $3 billion project to stem the tide of AIDS in Africa, which Bush not only embraced, but also subsequently called his “greatest legacy.”
Sachs also discusses the Easterlin paradox, a concept in “happiness economics,” which notes that a country’s higher level of per capita gross domestic product does not correlate with greater self-reported levels of happiness among citizens of a country. The general economic discontent is fodder for a discussion on government priorities and how we should solve economic problems.
The books we discussed can be found here.
Next week, we speak with Professor Scott Galloway (return appearance!) of New York University’s Stern School of Business.
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