Ignacy Sachs and the Spaceship Earth

Vol. 33 No. 2 (2013)

Apr-Jun / 2013
Published April 1, 2013
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How to Cite

Bresser-Pereira, Luiz Carlos. 2013. “Ignacy Sachs and the Spaceship Earth”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 33 (2):360-66. https://centrodeeconomiapolitica.org/repojs/index.php/journal/article/view/317.

Ignacy Sachs and the Spaceship Earth

Luiz Carlos Bresser-Pereira
Professor emérito da Fundação Getulio Vargas.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 33 No. 2 (2013), Apr-Jun / 2013, Pages 360-366


This paper is a short survey of the work of Ignacy Sachs – one of the pioneers of structuralist development economics and an outstanding economist dedicated to environmental economics. Sachs is Polish and a disciple of Michael Kalecki, but he is also a Brazilian and a French, given his strong ties with these two countries. He knows the importance of markets in the coordination of the economy, but, as a developmental economist, he attributes a key role to economic planning. Only through the deliberate action of the state it will be possible to achieve economic growth, reduction of inequalities, and protection of the environments – only through deliberate action way men and women will be able to conduct the Spaceship Earth to economic, social and environmental development and assure a decent work to all.

JEL Classification: O10; O20.

Keywords: economic development environment decent work patterns of growth