A finitely presented, countable discrete group $G$ is amenable if there is a finitely additive measure $m$ on the subsets of $G \backslash${$e$} with total mass 1 and satisfying $m(gX)=mX$ for all $X\subseteq G \backslash${$e$} and all $g \in G.$

A countable discrete group $G$ is inner amenable if there is a finitely additive measure $m$ on the subsets of $G \backslash${$e$} with total mass 1 and satisfying $m(gXg^{-1})=mX$ for all $X\subseteq G \backslash${$e$} and all $g \in G.$

The growth $b:\mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{N}$ of $G$ (with respect to a given word length metric on $G$) is defined as the number of elements $b(n)$ in $G$ lying inside the ball of radius $n$ around $e$.

It is possible to detect the amenability of $G$ in terms of the growth of G (c.f. R. I. Grigorchuk, “Symmetric random walks on discrete groups”, UMN, 32:6(198) (1977), 217–218).

Can the growth of G detect inner amenability?

I'd like to know if there is an i.c.c. discrete nonamenable simple group that is inner amenable?

On a related note, what about an answer to Owen's question below?

Multicomponent random systems, pp. 285--325, Adv. Probab. Related Topics, 6,Dekker, New York, 1980. – HJRW Sep 22 '10 at 21:07