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Clair Brown

Professor of Economics, University of California-Berkeley

Dr. Clair Brown is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Society at the University of California-Berkeley. Clair has published research on many aspects of how economies function, including the standard of living, wage determination, inequality, sustainability, high-tech industries, and development engineering. Her books include American Standards of Living: 1919-1988 and Buddhist Economics: An enlightened approach to the dismal science (Bloomsbury Press, 2017). Clair’s economic approach and life as an economist is published in Eminent Economists II – Their Life and Work Philosophies (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

At UC Berkeley, Clair teaches an undergraduate seminar on Buddhist Economics, providing an economic framework that integrates global sustainability and shared prosperity along with care for the human spirit. Her book Buddhist Economics: An enlightened approach to the dismal science (Bloomsbury Press, 2017) describes how to create a sustainable economy that supports a comfortable, meaningful life for all people. A Buddhist economy is compared to a free market economy, which is based on self-interest and materialism. Her book makes the economic explanations accessible to everyone, so you don’t need to be an economist or a Buddhist. You only need to care about others and the planet. Clair also is a faculty leader in Development Engineering, a program for graduate students to develop their multidisciplinary skills for designing, building, and evaluating new technologies to help regions improve quality of life in a sustainable way.

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