Inducement and Growth
By MortazaviBlog on Mar 29, 2007
Douglass North, a Nobel Prize winning economist, writes:
A stationary state will result when there is no inducement for individuals in a society to undertake those activities that lead to economic growth. Granted that individuals in the society may choose to ignore such positive incentives, and that in all societies some are content with their present situation; yet casual empiricism suggests that most people prefer more goods to fewer goods and act accordingly. Economic growth requires only that some part of the populace be acquisitive.
It seems to me that acquisitiveness does not embody the only sufficient condition for economic growth. Other models of growth involve social growth for social purposes which create a more living environment, leading to greater productivity and growth through the modified activities of members of a society. Here, no acquisition may have happened. Only changes in the environment of activity has transformed the quality and quantity of it.