Manfred Max-Neef is an emeritus professor and former vice-chancellor of the Universidad Austral; he is also a former Chilean presidential candidate. Professor Max-Neef studied economics at the Universidad de Chile and began his career in business at Royal Dutch Shell. However, in 1957 he made the decision to dedicate himself to the challenges of developing economies. He worked in different UN agencies and universities in the USA and Latin America, and was inspired by E.F. Schumacher´s imperative of “small is beautiful.” He has written many books and articles that challenge conventional economic thought, devising concepts such as Barefoot Economics, Human scale development and the Threshold Hypothesis. The central idea of his work is that economic development, beyond a certain point, decreases quality of life. At the conference he will discuss themes that arise from his last book (written with Phillip Bartlett Smith), Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good.
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