New Prosperity

Faced with environmental challenges, rising inequalities, and even the exhaustion of their growth models, all countries are attempting to develop and organize the transition to new economic models, new modes of production and consumption.

IDDRI analyses the ongoing macroeconomic and technological transformations, new business models and citizen initiatives that have potential for sustainability, as well as the interactions between social equity and environmental protection.

Specifically, IDDRI examines:

  • New macroeconomic models. From degrowth to green growth, representations and arguments about growth are highly varied. Does growth have a future? Can we prosper without growth? Is it necessary to develop additional indicators to GDP... and for what purposes? Can new “green” and digital technologies provide the driving force behind a green industrial revolution?


  • New microeconomic models. The sharing economy, citizen initiatives in energy and transport, crowdfunding of the transition... Can these initiatives contribute to sustainable development and under what conditions? How do they disrupt the conventional economy and what are the challenges to their dissemination? How can public authorities support and guide these initiatives without stifling them?


  • The links between inequalities and the environment. The increase in social inequalities requires a response that touches upon the environmental issue. To what extent are social and environmental objectives compatible or contradictory? Can we implement ecological and equitable taxation? How can we effectively fight against fuel poverty?

>> The issues addressed by the New Prosperity programme are the subject of a seminar organised by IDDRI, in partnership with CIRED, OFCE, the Veblen Institute and the Fondation Nicolas Hulot: The "New Prosperity" Seminar

>> On 12 and 13 July 2013, IDDRI organised at the French Assemblée nationale an international conference entitled "An innovative society for the 21st century" in order to discuss the different challenges for the New Prosperity programme.
Background paper, articles, presentations and videos can be found on the conference website.