BEN GALLANT

Research Coordinator (South-East)

Institution: University of Surrey, Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity

Discipline: Ecological Macroeconomics

  

Contact:  b.gallant@worldofworknetwork.co.uk

What’s your research about?

Ecological macroeconomics seeks to understand how an economy can operate within the limits of the environment. The field looks to find a balance between quality of life and environmental preservation through systems dynamic modelling.

Baumol’s cost disease arises from the process of technical change. While some sectors in the economy are able to increase their labor productivity over time, others ‘stagnate’. Sectors with slow productivity growth (such as health and social care, public administration and the arts) are under pressure to compete for workers and generally see their costs increase relative to the rest of the economy. Stagnant sectors provide a route to human flourishing with relatively limited environmental harm. My research focuses on exploring ways to protect these sectors during a transition to a more sustainable economy.