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The Challenge of Affluence: self-control, well-being and future shock

Ralph Miliband Programme Global Risks and Politics in the 21st Century lecture

Affluence breeds impatience, and impatience undermines well-being. The flow of new rewards can undermine the capacity to enjoy them. When choice is myopic, planning for the future is intractable. Instead of calculation, we rely on proven commitment devices like education and politics which are undermined by novelty. Future global shocks like energy depletion and climate change present dilemmas of this kind.

Avner Offer is Chichele Professor of Economic History at the University of Oxford and author of The Challenge of Affluence: self-control and well-being in the United States and Britain since 1950.

The next lecture in the series takes place on Tuesday 5 June and is entitled ‘Globalisation, Biotechnology and Democracy’.


Professor Avner Offer | talks
Professor David Held | talks


Date and Time:

22 May 2007 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Old Theatre
LSE Old Building
Houghton Street
020 7955 6043
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London School of Economics & Political Science
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