Économie, emploi

Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)

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Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

China, a Major Financial Player

In Brazil, 15 July 2014, the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) decided to create a development bank with a capital of US$ 50 billion, each country bringing 10 billion. The inaugural Chairman of the Board of directors will come from Brazil and the headquarters will be located in Shanghai. All countries, especially developing countries, are invited to join this initiative, but in all cases the BRICS will hold a 55% stake. Along with the creation of ...

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Note de veille

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

L’Asie, moins triomphante contre la pauvreté ?

Les succès de la lutte contre la pauvreté dans la région Asie-Pacifique ont-ils été surestimés ? La question fait l’objet d’un dossier spécial dans l’édition 2014 des Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific, le recueil statistique annuel publié par la Banque asiatique de développement (BASD), qui met à jour les indicateurs économiques, financiers, sociaux et environnementaux relatifs aux 48 pays membres de la BASD. Il en ressort que le seuil de pauvreté de référence établi par la ...

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Document étude

Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

Les inégalités budgétaires entre les ménages toujours en hausse

L’INSEE a récemment publié les principaux résultats de son enquête « Budget de famille », réalisée tous les cinq ans depuis 1979 afin d’étudier les ressources et les dépenses des ménages. Les résultats de cette nouvelle vague portent sur l’année 2011 et confirment que les inégalités se creusent entre les différentes catégories de ménages, notamment pour les trois postes principaux que sont l’alimentation, le logement et le transport.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Quasi-Circular Growth: A Pragmatic Approach to the Sustainable Management of Non-Renewable Material Resources

Still within the context of this special issue that builds upon the study undertaken by Futuribles International in 2013-14 entitled “Producing and Consuming in the Era of Ecological Transition”, François Grosse outlines what he sees as the most practical approach for shifting our societies towards “quasi-circular growth”. Conscious that the option of zero or negative growth is a utopian solution, he proposes a sustainable management of non-renewable material resources aimed at optimizing the consumption cycle of such resources within a growth economy.

After briefly reminding us of the consumerist context we live in, Grosse describes the main characteristics of the stocks and flows of non-renewable raw materials in the economy –their rate of growth, their residence time in the economy, the effect of stocks and flows of waste materials and the potential role played by recycling. He goes on to demonstrate the conditions under which we could implement a quasi-circular growth model, ensuring the sustainable management of non-renewable raw materials. This would involve low levels of growth in the production/consumption of each material, with at least 80% of the quantities of each material consumed entering the waste cycle, and more than 60%, if not indeed 80% of this waste effectively being recycled. This is a systemic vision that would enable us to retain a form of economic growth, while taking account of the limits of our ecosystem and the finite nature of resources.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

The End of Capitalism? Towards a Zero Marginal Cost Society

Jeremy Rifkin is highly regarded for his ability to identify emergent world trends, as can be seen in his previous writings (from The End of Work to The Third Industrial Revolution, with books on the rise of the biotechnologies and the “hydrogen economy” along the way). He was in Paris this September to promote his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society. Hugues de Jouvenel and Marguerite Grandjean met up with him and present here the highlights of that interview, in which Rifkin explains that the age of full-on capitalism is drawing to a close. The fact is that producing at virtually zero marginal cost –as is most often the case in the Internet economy– totally rewrites the principles on which capitalism has been based for decades. As a result, a new paradigm is emerging, says Rifkin, a paradigm linked to the rise of the Internet of things, which makes possible the development of a collaborative, networked economy, producing common goods (“the collaborative commons” referred to in his most recent work). This article presents the main characteristics of this new paradigm which, as Rifkin argues, already exists in embryo today, prefiguring the world of tomorrow.

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Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

The Zero Marginal Cost Society : The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

Le capitalisme va disparaître. Ce n’est pas le propos d’un altermondialiste virulent mais celui de Jeremy Rifkin dans son dernier ouvrage, paru au printemps aux États-Unis et en France cet automne : The Zero Marginal Cost Society (ZMCS). Et le plus extravagant dans cette assertion, ce n’est pas le résultat mais sa cause : le capitalisme va disparaître par excès d’efficacité. Son horizon ultime, via l’augmentation incessante de la productivité, est la réduction des coûts marginaux de ...

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Note de veille

Économie, emploi - Société, modes de vie

Classe moyenne et situation économique brésiliennes

Le Brésil, comptant parmi les pays émergents, est maintenant présenté, à raison, comme une nation de classes moyennes. Mais de quoi parle-t-on en termes de données ? Quelles sont les conséquences, dans un pays qui demeure très inégalitaire, de l’affirmation de ces catégories centrales de la population ? Après la période de contre-performances et d’hyperinflation qui a accompagné sa transition vers la démocratie, le Brésil a connu une période d’effervescence, une certaine capacité de résilience face à la crise ...

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Analyse prospective

Économie, emploi

Les monnaies virtuelles au-delà du bitcoin : quelles perspectives ?

Les monnaies complémentaires ou alternatives ne sont pas nouvelles, au contraire, elles ont toujours existé. Il s’agit de monnaies qui ne sont pas soutenues par un gouvernement national, mais émises et utilisées par des territoires, des organisations, des citoyens… Elles suscitent un regain d’intérêt depuis quelques années, pour répondre à des besoins que certains estiment non satisfaits par les monnaies officielles. Il peut s’agir notamment de monnaies locales visant à redynamiser l’économie d’un territoire [1 ...

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Actualité du futur

Économie, emploi - Recherche, sciences, techniques

Les robots, destructeurs d’emploi en 2025 : des experts mitigés…

« Pensez-vous que la robotique créera plus d’emplois qu’elle n’en détruira à l’horizon 2025 ? », c’est la question qu’a posé le Pew Research Center à près de 1 900 experts américains dans le cadre de la célébration du 25e anniversaire de la création du Net. Depuis quelques années, les débats au sujet de l’impact de la robotisation sur l’emploi est omniprésent chez les experts américains, et les progrès réalisés en termes d’intelligence artificielle ...

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Revue

Économie, emploi

The Distribution of Wealth. On Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was first published in France in late 2013. However, it was not until spring of 2014, after the success of the English-language edition in the USA, that it came to prominence in the French media —though not without sparking controversy among Gallic commentators and economists. This substantial tome of almost a thousand pages, replete with statistical data ranging over long stretches of time, is a continuation of Piketty’s earlier work on high incomes in France (the book which largely made his reputation), but focussed in this instance on historic international trends with regard to income from capital.

Geneviève Schméder has read the book for Futuribles and outlines some of its major lessons for us here, beginning with its central finding that the distribution of wealth increasingly favours the owners of capital (income from capital is increasing more and quicker than income from work) and, among those who own capital, it is the tiny minority of the “ultra-rich” who have seen their wealth grow the most. In this situation, inequality is increasing and it is hard to see how the trend toward concentration of wealth at the top of the pyramid can be reversed. As Geneviève Schméder points out, above and beyond his economic analysis Thomas Piketty asks two fundamental political questions. What are the dangers for democracy of wealth being monopolized in this way? And at what levels of inequality will citizens feel moved to rebel?

Actualité du futur

Économie, emploi

Quelles perspectives pour l’économie mondiale à l’horizon 2060 ?

L’OCDE, qui fêtera son 100e anniversaire en 2061, vient de publier un scénario tendanciel qui imagine l’évolution de l’économie mondiale à cet horizon. Selon les experts de l’organisation, le ralentissement de la croissance économique pourrait se poursuivre à l’avenir : ils anticipent une baisse régulière et continue des taux de croissance moyen à l’échelle mondiale, qui passerait de 3,6 % en 2010 à 2,4 % en 2060. Étonnamment, l’organisation estime cependant que ce taux ...

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Note de veille

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Reconfiguration de la mondialisation

Depuis le début des années 1990, les économies émergentes, en particulier la Chine, ont réalisé des gains de parts de marché considérables dans le commerce international. Une note de la direction générale du Trésor [1] analyse les reconfigurations de la mondialisation qui, à moyen terme, résulteront des évolutions de l’offre productive et de la demande dans ces économies. Du côté de l’offre productive — L’avantage coût de certains grands pays émergents commence à s’estomper. En Chine et ...

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Revue

Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

Major Sporting Events: The Need for a Reassessment

As the present issue appears, the 2014 football World Cup will be moving toward its climax, with the final set to take place at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium on 13th July. This year Brazil will be hosting the most watched sporting competition on the planet and, to do so, it has undertaken enormous building projects that have taken several years and involved substantial sums of money. Is such a financial investment for this kind of event justified, particularly in an emerging nation where a significant section of the population gains no benefit from the knock-on effects on economic growth?

This is one of the central questions raised here byJean-Jacques Gouguet and Jean-François Brocard in their deliberation on the extent to which the true interests of a country or city are served by hosting major sporting events. Taking lessons from the assessments made after various major events of the same order (Olympic Games, other World Cups etc.), the authors stress the uncertain economic impacts and the long-term financial burden that is sometimes left to be borne by the organizing authorities. They also stress how externalities get left out of account, which may be burdensome economically, socially and, going forward, environmentally. They then examine what perspectives flow from this mixed picture with regard to the future organization of major sporting events, taking into account the legacies left by these events (in terms of infrastructure and brand recognition etc.) and the way decisions are taken about them. In so doing, they stress the need to choose decision-making tools well (particularly with regard to ex ante impact studies) and the growing danger that the organization of major sporting events will no longer be possible in democratic countries on account of the sensitivity of public opinion to the proper use of public funds and the priority accorded to social and environmental aspects.

Revue

Économie, emploi

The Evaluation of Public Investment

For some years now France has been going through a period of serious budgetary restraint and this is probably set to continue for some time. In such a context, it is more than ever necessary to rationalize public spending, including both operating and investment expenditure. Public investment expenditure represents around 15% of total French investment and concerns sectors as essential as transport, energy, health or education. And yet such expenditure has not been thoroughly evaluated, which is why the French Centre for Strategic Analysis (now renamed the General Strategy and Foresight Commission) was asked to examine the question of its socio-economic evaluation.

Émile Quinet, who has been entrusted with this task, outlines the main lessons to be learned from the extensive report that came out of this exercise. After reminding us that new evaluation arrangements need to be envisaged (to take account of such changes as the increasing importance of climate matters), he presents the report’s proposals with regard to updating the methodology of the socio-economic evaluation of public investment (discount rate, risk assessment, impact on employment and economic growth etc.) and recalls the importance of integrating long-term considerations into investment decisions, particularly in the field of transport. The aim is, ultimately, to provide decision-makers with the essential means to make informed decisions on public investments, even if, as Quinet reminds us in his conclusion, it remains difficult to carry out such evaluations on very long time scales and to make them in sectors as strategic as education or research.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

A New Vision for the Paris Metropolis

Following Mario Polèse’s article which opens our dossier on “Greater Paris”, Jean-Claude Prager shows how the Paris region, which seems to have reached some limits in terms of economic dynamism, not unlike France itself, should and can rebound in the knowledge economy.

After reviewing the weaknesses of the Île-de-France in terms of employment and economic growth, he stresses its failings with regard to innovation, a crucial factor in determining the international rankings of rival metropolises (London, Tokyo, New York etc.). Jean-Claude Prager also underscores the essential place of human capital as one of the key factors where innovation and economic drawing power are concerned; hence the need to improve the education system and increase research provision, both regionally and nationally. Lastly, re-dynamizing French enterprise also involves new forms of state intervention and incentivization in favour of both enterprise creation and the consolidation of small and medium-sized companies. This is ground on which the Île-de-France could serve as a local test-bed for initiatives that could later be rolled out nationally. With such a vision, Jean-Claude Prager argues that the prospect of the development of an entity like Greater Paris represents a genuine opportunity for the Île-de-France region.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

Paris and the French Disease: On the Inextricable Connection between Urban and National Economies

Introducing the dossier on “Greater Paris” published in this issue, Canadian professor Mario Polèse takes an external look at Paris’s place among the world’s great cities. Expressing surprise that the city isn’t the economic capital of Europe, given its geographical position and other assets, he offers various strands of explanation, first relating to language, but, more importantly, to economics and regulation. Speculating on the role Greater Paris might play in improving the place of the French capital in the new economy, he stresses the rigidities that currently deter the establishment of start-up companies in the capital (particularly in the property field), even though there are considerable resources in terms of scientific and technological research in the Île-de-France region (France’s “Silicon Valley” on the Plateau de Saclay). He concludes by proposing two possible scenarios for the capital region –assuming the development of Greater Paris and with a time-horizon of 2030– depending on whether or not genuine structural economic changes are made in France to attract and retain talent.

Editorial

Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

Doper les territoires

La coupe du monde de football a débuté le 12 juin dernier au Brésil, dans le stade de São Paulo, dans un contexte tendu. Les mouvements sociaux se sont en effet multipliés ces derniers mois pour manifester contre les dépenses extravagantes engagées pour cette compétition (les investissements devaient atteindre près de 26 milliards de réals brésiliens, soit environ 8,5 milliards d’euros), à l’heure où le Brésil aurait eu tant besoin de cet argent pour améliorer les services ...

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Note de veille

Économie, emploi - Géopolitique

Vers une croissance inclusive en Asie émergente ?

L’Asian Development Outlook est une publication de la Banque asiatique de développement (BAD) qui, sur un rythme annuel, établit un bilan économique et trace des perspectives de croissance pour les 45 pays membres de la BAD qui constituent l’Asie émergente (Developing Asia). L’édition 2014 [1] constate qu’en 2013 la région a enregistré une progression moyenne du produit intérieur brut (PIB) de 6,1 %, identique à celle de l’année précédente. Selon les projections de la BAD ...

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Analyse prospective

Économie, emploi

La politique européenne de cohésion (2014-2020)

La politique de cohésion est l’instrument de mise en œuvre des interventions régionales de l’Union européenne (UE). Elle inclut les principaux fonds d’intervention de l’Union. Avec 350 milliards d’euros, son budget s’élève à plus du tiers du budget total de l’Union pour la période 2014-2020. Ses orientations viennent d’être fixées. Un schéma de synthèse permet de présenter les principes et volumes de cette politique assez mal connue, mais très importante. La politique ...

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Note de veille

Économie, emploi

Vers un salaire minimum national en Allemagne

L’introduction d’un salaire minimum horaire à 8,5 euros bruts au niveau national à partir de 2015 a été une des pierres angulaires de l’accord de coalition conclu entre les conservateurs et les sociaux-démocrates. Elle a été validée en Conseil des ministres début avril 2014 et devrait faire l’objet d’une loi en juin. Seuls les moins de 18 ans, les apprentis et stagiaires et les chômeurs de longue durée (pour une durée de six mois ...

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Forum

Économie, emploi - Entreprises, travail

For Competitiveness, All must Assume their Responsibilities: The Responsibility Pact in France and the Blurring of Categories

Faced with a persistent economic and social crisis, France seems incapable of putting its public finances on a healthy footing, restoring the competitiveness of its enterprises, rethinking its social model and reducing its endemic unemployment rate. The recent Social-Democratic turn of its government and the “Responsibility Pact” proposal made to French companies by the President are no doubt symptomatic of one of the most serious evils from which, in the view of Jacques Bichot, the country is suffering: namely, the confusion of roles and responsibilities.

Evidence of this, contends Bichot, comes from the fact that the smooth operation of markets –the labour market or the market for goods and services– is hampered by the interventions of a state that is itself incapable of properly organizing the functions allotted to it, whether these be its role of exercising sovereign authority or standing as guarantor of last resort for a welfare state that has substituted itself for functions that ought to be fulfilled by collective, social, contribution-based insurance.

Emblematic of this imbroglio, in Jacques Bichot’s view, is the divergent understanding of the cost of labour which, as the employees see it, equates with net wages, whereas, from the employers’ point of view, it is gauged by total wage costs, the gap between the two being made up by the sum of social contributions determined by a third party, the state. Jacques Bichot recommends that the different roles should not be blurred and that everyone’s responsibilities should be clarified, particularly the responsibilities of companies, which have to define their strategies in terms of competitiveness and employment, and the –quite distinct– responsibilities of the state. And he argues here, for example, for the establishment of a “truthful [i.e. transparent] payslip”.

Revue

Économie, emploi - Santé

For the Establishment of a Genuine Health System: From the Health-Care Machinery to the Development of a Coherent Health Pathway in France

Total health expenditure represents 240 billion euros in France today or 12% of GDP, after 60 years of substantial growth. This upward trend is doubtless not going to end, even if recurrent attempts to moderate it manage to restrict, to some extent, the proportion of this expenditure that is covered –and socialized– by sickness insurance, at the risk, as Jean-Claude Angoulvant reminds us here, of thwarting its social objectives. The very notion of health and the practices associated with it have been transformed by technical and societal developments, as Professor André Khayat explains in this same issue.

If we carry this logic to its extremes, as the present article shows, the current organization of care and its funding could be transformed into a genuine system of health “production” (in addition to remedy and prevention), capable of incorporating the changes at work (linked in particular to the evolution of health “demand”, taken in an increasingly wide sense) and seeing us through a break with the old practices.

In this context, Jean-Claude Angoulvant sketches a broad systemic vision built around the “care pathway” –which should, in his view, become a “health pathway”. The idea involves bringing together the various strands of the “health-care machinery” –definition and content of health, practices and techniques, governance, regulation, funding etc.– and the related interconnections.

This work is conceived as an introduction to the necessary foresight approach to feed into a coherent public policy that covers all the fields concerned by future developments.

Bibliography

Économie, emploi - Ressources naturelles, énergie, environnement

Towards the Circular Economy

Ce rapport conjoint du FEM, de la fondation Ellen McArthur et du MGI part du constat que la transition vers une économie plus circulaire est devenue nécessaire. Ce nouveau modèle vise en effet à accroître le recyclage des matières premières et à optimiser leur utilisation par l’économie afin de réduire la dépendance aux matières premières vierges. Ce constat a été confirmé lors du sommet annuel de Davos organisé par le FEM, qui a réuni plus de 70 responsables du ...

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Note de veille

Économie, emploi - Territoires, réseaux

L’urbanisme crowdfunded

En quelques années, le crowdfunding [1] est devenu une source de financement non négligeable pour le lancement de projets dans divers domaines (artistique, scientifique, etc.). Les avantages du crowdfunding sont multiples : transparence sur la circulation de l’argent et sur son utilisation pour le financement des projets, proximité entre le projet et l’internaute. Depuis 2008, plus de 800 plates-formes de financement participatif ont été créées dans le monde [2] et selon le magazine Forbes, le potentiel de financement du ...

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Actualité du futur

Économie, emploi

L’industrie des bijoux en 2020

Dans un récent article, le cabinet McKinsey présente les grandes tendances de l’industrie du bijou à l’horizon 2020. Pour effectuer ce travail, les experts ont recensé des données issues de rapports publics, de rapports annuels de différentes sociétés productrices et/ou spécialisées dans la vente de bijoux, ils ont également interviewé 20 grands dirigeants issus de ces sociétés. Selon les experts, à l’horizon 2020, l’industrie du bijou pourrait suivre les grandes tendances qui ont façonné l ...

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