Laurence B. Siegel

Fewer, Richer, Greener

The news is filled with doomsday stories claiming our world is experiencing stagnant economic growth, environmental deterioration, dwindling natural resources, and an unsustainable increase in world population. For years we’ve been told that the population explosion will lead to impoverishment and perhaps kill us all. Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance debunks these notions and explains that we will have fewer people than we were expecting, we will become richer, and, perhaps most surprisingly, that the planet will become greener.

While there are always reasons for concern, Laurence Siegel explains that we have more reasons to be optimistic about the future than not. Life has improved greatly in the last 250 years; Fewer, Richer, Greener makes the argument that it will continue to improve in almost every aspect including health, wealth, longevity, nutrition, literacy, peace, and freedom. Without ignoring the many challenges on the path of progress, the book helps restore faith in the future and offers an understanding of why hope is justified.

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What People are Saying

delightful (and skeptical) review from Ian Kennedy, the now-retired Director of Research for the investment super-consulting firm, Cambridge Associates.

“The many young people who seem to share [a] gloomy view of the future should read the new book by Laurence B. Siegel, ‘Fewer, Richer, Greener.'” – Jason Zweig, The Wall Street Journal

“Laurence B. Siegel … on the nature and benefits of economic growth and progress.” – Tyler Cowen, What I’ve been reading – Marginal Revolution

“As the twenty-teens draw to a close, may I wish everybody a Happy New Decade, and recommend a book that convincingly argues in great detail that it will be one: “Fewer, Richer, Greener: Prospects for Humanity in an Age of Abundance” by Laurence Siegel” – Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist

“A refreshing look at the state of the world–food, health and longevity, energy, cities, education, freedom, poverty, robots, economic growth, the environment–through the eyes of one of today’s most perceptive observers, Fewer, Richer, Greener will entertain, amuse, and enlighten in a way that few other books can. Read, enjoy, and learn–Siegel sees our uncertain future through a completely different set of lenses.”
–William J. Bernstein, bestselling author of A Splendid Exchange: How Trade Shaped the World and The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created

“Somewhere between Rev. Thomas Malthus and Voltaire’s Dr. Pangloss lies Larry Siegel. Bringing the same sharp analysis, wit, and willingness to break with conventional wisdom that he’s applied to investment analysis for many years, Larry is a welcome voice of measured optimism in a world chock full of doomsayers. He doesn’t shy away from real problems–but he puts paid to the notion that things are getting worse and worse and that we’re all doomed.”
–Cliff Asness, founder, AQR

Additional Info

ISBN: 978-1-119-52689-6 

December 2019 

480 Pages

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