Glamour And Economic Dynamism: Does Growth Depend On Delusion?

"An illusion that is known to be false but felt to be true"--a good (partial) definition of glamour. Is it also the source of economic growth?

At the Kauffman Foundation's annual economic bloggers conference, I gave a talk on Colin Campbell's The Romantic Ethic And The Spirit Of Modern Consumerism, an extremely interesting and provocative book that ties glamour (my word, not his) to the origins of the consumer society and the puzzle of open-ended economic growth. Here's the video: