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1st Edition

Natural Resource Economics: The Essentials

ISBN 9780367280345
Published August 19, 2019 by Routledge
430 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Natural Resource Economics: The Essentials offers a policy-oriented approach to the increasingly influential field of natural resource economics that is based upon a solid foundation of economic theory and empirical research. Students will not only leave the course with a firm understanding of natural resource economics, but they will also be exposed to a number of case studies showing how underlying economic principles provide the basis for specific natural resource policies. Including current data and research studies, this key text also highlights what insights can be derived from the actual experience.

Key features include:

  • Extensive coverage of the major issues including energy, recyclable resources, water policy, land conservation and management, forests, fisheries, other ecosystems, and sustainable development;
  • Introductions to the theory and method of natural resource economics including externalities, experimental and behavioral economics, benefit-cost analysis, and methods for valuing the services provided by the environment;
  • Boxed ‘Examples’ and ‘Debates’ throughout the text which highlight global examples and major points for deeper discussions.

The text is fully supported with end-of-chapter summaries, discussion questions, and self-test exercises in the book, as well as with multiple-choice questions, simulations, references, slides, and an instructor’s manual on the Companion Website. This text is adapted from the best-selling Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 11th edition, by the same authors.

Table of Contents


An Overview of the Book

1. Visions of the Future

2. The Economic Approach: Property Rights, Externalities, and Environmental Problems

3. Evaluating Trade-Offs: Benefit-Cost Analysis and Other Decision-Making Metrics

4. Valuing the Environment: Methods

5. Dynamic Efficiency and Sustainable Development

6. Depletable Resource Allocation: The Role of Longer Time Horizons, Substitutes, and Extraction Cost

7. Energy: The Transition from Depletable to Renewable Resources

8. Recyclable Resources: Minerals, Paper, Bottles, and E-Waste

9. Water: A Confluence of Renewable and Depletable Resources

10. A Locationally Fixed, Multipurpose Resource: Land

11. Storable, Renewable Resources: Forests

12. Common-Pool Resources: Commercially Valuable Fisheries

13. Ecosystem Goods and Services: Nature’s Threatened Bounty

14. The Quest for Sustainable Development

15. Visions of the Future Revisited

Answers to Self-Test Exercises



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Tom Tietenberg is the Mitchell Family Professor of Economics, Emeritus at Colby College, Maine, USA.

Lynne Lewis is Elmer W. Campbell Professor of Economics at Bates College, Maine, USA.

Support Material

Companion Website

Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.