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John Michael Greer is a blogger and a Druid who has some radical ideas about how we should evaluate economic productivity (hint: energy efficiency is important, financial services, not so much).Good explains:
Usually productivity is calculated as the dollar value of income produced per worker hour. But there are problems with that metric. It ignores the increasing importance of energy efficiency and it overvalues financial services work that may or may not actually be valuable. After all, it's easy to create "profit" by sitting at a desk and conjuring up some credit default swaps, but we know where that leads.
Instead, he argues, we should be looking at "energy productivity."
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