Economic Theory and Sustainable Development
What Can We Preserve for Future Generations?
Is development sustainable? When addressing the sustainability issue, decision-makers are faced with two challenges: taking into account conflicting issues, such as economic development and environmental preservation, while also ensuring intergenerational equity. Tackling these challenges amounts to deciding what should be bequeathed to future generations, especially in terms of natural resources.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Part 1: The Sustainability Issue in the Economic Literature 2. The Sustainability Issue and Sustainability Concepts 3. The Economics of Intertemporal Decisions 4. The Emergence of Sustainability Criteria 5. Some Comments on Key Results... and Misleading Interpretations 6. What Can We Preserve for Future Generations? Part 2: Invariance Theories and Sustainable Development 7. Invariance in Growth Theory 8. Weak Invariance: the Viability Approach 9. What We Can Preserve for Future Generations 10. Conclusion
Vincent Martinet is Junior Scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Thiverval-Grignon, France. His research focuses on the concept of sustainability, both from theoretical and applied viewpoints. His applied works cover sustainable fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in agricultural landscapes.