Topic 3: The anthropocene and the material basis of the economy




(A) Webpage: (all concepts have to be known VERY WELL)


(A) Boulding, K. (1966). The economics of the coming spaceship Earth. In Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy. H. Jarrett Ed.

(A) Crutzen, P. J. (2002). Geology of mankind. Nature, 415(6867), 23-23.

(A) Steffen, W., Grinevald, J., Crutzen, P., & McNeill, J. (2011). The Anthropocene: conceptual and historical perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 369(1938), 842-867.

(A) Georgescu Roegen: Minimal Bioeconomic Program

(B1) Moore, Jason W., INTRODUCTION to "Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism" (2016). Sociology Faculty Scholarship. (available at

(B2) Fischer‐Kowalski, M., Krausmann, F., Giljum, S., Lutter, S., Mayer, A., Bringezu, S., ... & Weisz, H. (2011). Methodology and indicators of economy‐wide material flow accounting. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15(6) (ONLY up to the first column of p. 862 PLUS my slides)

(B3) Luzzati T., 2009, Human needs, sustainable development, and public policy: learning from K.W. Kapp (1910–1976), in Salvadori N. and Opocher A. (eds.), Long-run Growth, Social Institutions and Living Standards, Edward Elgar, 306-322

Further Readings (optional)

Daly, H. E. (2007). Ecological economics and sustainable development, selected essays of Herman Daly, Edward Elgar

Avallone G, Leonardi E, 2018, Anthropocene? More like ‘Capitalocene’

Spire S., 2018, Review: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?

Georgescu Roegen (1975), Energy and Economic MythsSouthern Economic Journal, Vol. 41 (3), pp. 347-381

Holling, C. S. (2001). Understanding the complexity of economic, ecological, and social systems. Ecosystems, 4(5), 390-405.

Krausmann, F., Gingrich, S., Eisenmenger, N., Erb, K. H., Haberl, H., & Fischer-Kowalski, M. (2009). Growth in global materials use, GDP and population during the 20th century. Ecological Economics, 68(10), 2696-2705.

Rockstrom et al. 2009, A safe operating space for humanity

Smil, (2000) Energy in the XXth century (sections 2, 5, 8)

Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000, Anthropocene

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