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Environmental Economics

Concepts, Methods and Policies, 1st Edition

By Dodo J. Thampapillai, Matthias Ruth

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352 pages | 94 B/W Illus.

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Description

Environmental Economics explores the ways in which economic theory and its applications, as practised and taught today, must be modified to explicitly accommodate the goal of sustainability and the vital role played by environmental capital.

Pivoting around the first and second laws of thermodynamics, as well as the principles of ecological resilience, this book is divided into five key parts, which includes extensive coverage of environmental microeconomics and macroeconomics. It drills down into issues and challenges including consumer demand; production and supply; market organisation; renewable and non-renewable resources; environmental valuation; macroeconomic stabilisation, and international trade and globalisation. Drawing on case studies from forestry, water, soil, air quality and mining, this book will equip readers with skills that enable the analyses of environmental and economic policy issues with a specific focus on the sustainability of the economy.

Rich in pedagogical features including key concepts boxes and review questions at the end of each chapter, this book will be a vital resource for upper-level undergraduate and postgraduate students studying not only environmental economics/ecological economics but also economics in general.

Reviews

"An economics textbook that puts environmental capital in first place, and then uses good economic theory to arrive at truthful conclusions and relevant policies. A big step forward in teaching economics!" -- Herman Daly, Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland, School of Public Policy, USA

"At last an economics textbook that acknowledges that the basis of an economy is the environment. The potential role of economics in addressing many of the environmental issues facing our planet, especially climate change, has been hampered by the incomplete nature of the basic tenets of neo-classical economics. This book corrects that problem and will provide students with the tools to make much sharper contributions to current policy debates. It is an ideal textbook for any serious environmental economics course." -- Peter Phibbs, Department of Urban and Regional Planning Director, Henry Halloran Trust, University of Sydney, Australia

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Environment and the Economy

1. The Environment and Economics

2. The Economic System Revised

Part 2. Microeconomics and the Environment

3. The Market Model and its Failure

4. Public Goods and Externalities

5. Economics of Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources

6. Economics of Non-Renewable Resources with Renewable Services

7. Consumer Demand and the Environment

8. Production, Costs, Supply and Environmental Capital

9. Market Organisation and the Environment

Part 3. Macroeconomics and the Environment

10. Some Important Concepts in Macroeconomics

11. Environmental Capital: Investment and Depreciation

12. Environmental Macroeconomics: Short-Run Analysis-I

13. Environmental Macroeconomics: Short-Run Analysis-Ii

14. Environmental Macroeconomics: Long-Run Analysis

15. International Trade and Globalisation

Part 5. Valuation

16. Valuation of Environmental Capital: Microeconomic Basis

17. Valuation of Environmental Capital: Macroeconomic Basis - I

18. Valuation of Environmental Capital: Macroeconomic Basis - Ii

Part 6. Policy

19. Environmental Policies

20. An Environmental Economics for Sustainability

About the Authors

Dodo J Thampapillai is a Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Environmental Science, Macquarie University in Australia. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Matthias Ruth is Vice-President (Research) and Professor of Economics at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is a founder of Ecological Economics and founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Urban Climate, serves on the boards of numerous journals and scientific organizations, and collaborates extensively with scientists and policy makers worldwide.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS072000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POL044000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy