WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe

Das im 7. EU-Forschungsrahmenprogramm geförderte EU-Projekt "Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe – WWWforEurope" widmete sich in den Jahren 2012 bis 2016 einer Reihe von zukunftsrelevanten Themen. Im MIttelpunkt standen insbesondere folgende Fragen: Welche Entwicklungsstrategie sollte Europe angesichts der Finanzkrise und der bevorstehenden großen Herausforderungen Globalisierung, demographische Veränderungen, Klimawandel und neue Technologien anstreben? Welche Strategie wird langfristig "Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe" sicherstellen?

Nach vier Jahren Forschung durch Expertinnen und Experten aus 34 Forschungsinstitutionen finden sich die Antworten von WWWforEurope in den hier zum Download verfügbaren Publikationen (Deliverables, Working Papers, Policy Briefs und Policy Papers). Zudem bieten wir hier Links zu den wichtigsten WWWforEurope-Veranstaltungen.

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Making Ambitious Green Goals Compatible with Economic Dynamics by a Strategic Approach. WWWforEurope Policy Paper No. 30
WWWforEurope: Welfare, Wealth and Work for Europe, Februar 2016, 23 Seiten
Auftraggeber: Europäische Kommission
Mit finanzieller Unterstützung von: Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft mbH – Österreichische Austauschdienst-GesmbH
Studie von: Projekt-Konsortium WWWforEurope
Online seit: 22.02.2016 0:00
One of the overarching goals of the project WWWforEurope is to develop a strategy which makes very ambitious green goals compatible with a dynamic, open society. An ambitious sustainability strategy is necessitated since we are approaching the absolute boundaries of the planet quickly. A dynamic, open society is warranted since it enables individuals and countries to follow different life styles and preferences, to learn and to enjoy new technologies and services, so that capabilities and choices are increasing, social progress is enhanced and differences in skills, income and wealth are narrowing. Today a trade-off exists between ambitious green goals and output maximisation (and output growth). This trade-off is less evident if we use the perspective of welfare and utility (which are enhanced by sustainability). The trade off is mitigated ever more evident if we broaden the macro- and microeconomic goals (from GDP as overarching measure of performance to life expectancy, happiness, human development or "Beyond GDP" in general), or if we leave the economic paradigm and understand welfare as the sum of "functionalities" or needs (nutrition, mobility, housing, health) which we can achieved by a large variety of organisational and social setups. The trade-off furthermore tends to dissolve for a longer time horizon. It is a defining result of this project that it is possible – but a very demanding task – to mitigate the trade-off between green goals and dynamics or even transform it into a synergy. It has to be done by a strategy developing synergies with the policy to solve social goals. We should be aware of reform resistance and the fact that significant changes always produce winners and losers. Several elements and measures of such a strategy are not yet developed and most of them are neither high on the agenda of policymakers or voters, nor supported by the current price system, an existing regulation, institutions and societal norms.
Forschungsbereich:Makroökonomie und öffentliche Finanzen