This shortform textbook provides a concise overview of the fundamentals of environmental economics. It focuses on how economic forces affect the natural environment and how economic policies and behaviors may be altered to improve environmental quality.
Spanning ten chapters, the book introduces readers to the key ideas in environmental economics. Topics include environmental externalities, technological change, cost-benefit analysis, pollution charges, emissions and offset trading, climate change, and public policy.
Written by an established educator and scholar, Absolute Essentials of Environmental Economics will be valuable reading for students of environmental economics, environmental policy, environmental management and related areas. People affiliated with environmental interest groups, "think tanks," and advocacy groups will also find it beneficial.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Markets and Environmental Pollution
Chapter 3: The Basic Economics of Environmental Pollution Control
Chapter 4: Technological Change in Pollution Control
Chapter 5: Measuring the Benefits and Costs of Pollution Control
Chapter 6: The Policy World
Chapter 7: Pollution-Control Standards
Chapter 8: Pollution Charges
Chapter 9: Economics of Emissions Trading
Chapter 10: Global Climate Change
Barry C. Field is Professor Emeritus of Resource Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.