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5th Edition

Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management

ISBN 9780815359036
Published March 18, 2019 by Routledge
446 Pages 171 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The tools of environmental economics guide policymakers as they weigh development against nature, present against future, and certain benefits against uncertain consequences. The policies and research findings explained in this textbook are relevant to decisions made daily by individuals, firms, and governments.

This textbook offers instructors and students a user-friendly, relevant, and up-to-date introduction to these topics while covering recent advancements in the field and significant political and economic changes. The fifth edition has been thoroughly updated while retaining the story-based narratives and visual emphasis of previous editions, capturing students’ attention with full-color photos, graphs, and illustrations. It addresses the impact of changes in world leaders, national priorities, and international agreements along with key developments in the energy sector. These include the way hydraulic fracturing and the surging popularity of natural gas have revolutionized the fossil fuel industries; how new, green-energy technologies are bringing prices down and efficiency levels up; and the arrival of innovative energy sources such as ocean-thermal energy conversion.

Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management promotes environmental and economic literacy with policy-oriented, application-based content, all delivered in concise, accessible discussions. Through its engaging approach, the text brings the economic way of thinking into discussions of personal, community, corporate, and government activities that affect environmental assets and the quality of life.

Table of Contents



Part I Building a Foundation

1 The Big Picture

2 Efficiency and Choice

Appendix: Efficiency Criteria in Greater Detail

3 Market Failure

4 The Role of Government

5 Trade-offs and the Economy

Part II Issues and Approaches

6 Environmental Quality

7 Energy

8 Sustainability

9 Population, Poverty, and Economic Growth

10 Biodiversity and Valuation

11 International and Global Issues

Part III Policy and Procedure

12 Perspectives on Environmental Policy

13 Natural Resource Management: Renewable Resources

14 Natural Resource Management: Depletable and Replenishable Resources

Appendix: Intertemporal Allocation and Hotelling’s Rule

15 Environmental Dispute Resolution

16 Morals and Motivation 

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David A. Anderson is the Paul G. Blazer Professor of Economics at Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, USA. Dr. Anderson’s research focuses on the economics of the environment, law, crime, and public policy, and he has written 15 books including Survey of Economics, Explorations in Economics, and The Cost of Crime.