Consumerism – Spring 2018

Issue No. 16

“Welcome to the 16th biannual issue of Insight! 

This Spring we continued our efforts to tackle more concrete topics by exploring ‘Consumerism’. Our academic field has lately been on the receiving end of mounting criticism for promoting economic growth for the sake of quantified consumption. We find this assessment somewhat unfair and misplaced, but equally the subject itself is as relevant — albeit complicated — as ever. Therefore, we have broken down the subject into four sections: the rise of China, the luxury goods market, the happiness of consumption and the sustainability of technological change. We hope you will enjoy the variety of our articles, which covers everything from developing countries’ trade policies to eating donuts.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to the School of Economics for making this publication possible. After four great years, it is also time for our long-running Head of Production Tom Schueneman and myself to hand over the baton. Many thanks to our writers for their fantastic pieces, and to our editorial team for their hard work. Special hat tip to our senior editors Flora Mao — who proposed the theme of this edition — and Paulina Szymczak. “

– Letter from the 2017-2018 Editor-in-Chief, Oskar Birol, March 2018