Thursday 28 June 2018


David Pilling

The Growth Delusion

In The Growth Delusion, David Pilling explores how economists and their cult of growth have hijacked our policy-making and infiltrated our thinking about what makes societies work.

Our policies are geared relentlessly towards increasing our standard measure of growth, GDP. By this yardstick we have never been wealthier or happier. So why doesn’t it feel that way? Why are we living in such fractured times, with global populism on the rise and wealth inequality as stark as ever?

David Pilling

David has been a prize-winning reporter and editor for the Financial Times for twenty-five years. Currently the Africa Editor and a featured columnist, he was previously the Asia Editor, running coverage across the continent.

He won Best Commentator prize by the Society of Publishers in Asia in both 2011 and 2012 and Best Foreign Commentator for 2011 in the UK’s Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards for coverage of China, Japan and Pakistan. His first book, Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival, received outstanding reviews.

David lives in London but travels frequently to Africa.

“A witty, well-informed and well-travelled guide to our obsession with growth ... If he sometimes makes fun of measurement, he also makes measurement fun. A real achievement.”

Angus Deaton, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics