There has been a recent explosion of research incorporating a spatial dimension in environmental and natural resource economics, where the spatial aspects of human behaviour or the natural environment make a crucial difference in the analysis and policy response to the problem. Much of this research has been driven by the growing availability of spatially explicit social science data and the development of tools and methodological advances to use these data. Collected in this volume are 24 key articles considering the reasons for spatial variation in policies, due to either efficiency or equity considerations, and the consequences of that spatial variation for both environmental and economic outcomes. These articles demonstrate that the failure to address spatial issues in the analysis can create two problems: (1) the analysis provides a poor basis for predicting actual behaviour that is specifically based upon spatial considerations, and (2) the analysis fails to provide a basis for designing spatially targeted policies that could lead to more efficient outcomes.
Contents: Natural Resource Economics: Basinwide water management; a spatial model, Ujjayant Chakravorty and Chieko Umetsu; The impacts of marine reserves on limited-entry fisheries, James N. Sanchirico and James E. Wilen; Economic impacts of marine reserves: the importance of spatial behaviour, Martin D. Smith and James E. Wilen; Spatial and temporal specialization in forest ecosystem management under sole ownership, Stephen K. Swallow, Piyali Talukdar and David N. Wear; Optimal private and public harvesting under spatial and temporal interdependence, Erkki Koskela and Markku Ollikainen; The influence of markets and policy on spatial patterns of non-timber forest product extraction, Elizabeth J.Z. Robinson, Jeffrey C. Williams and Heidi J. Albers; Temporal dynamics and spatial scales: modeling deforestation in the southern Yucatan peninsular region, Jacqueline Geoghegan, Laura Schneider and Colin Vance; Cost-effective targeting of land retirement to improve water quality with endogenous sediment deposition coefficients, Madhu Khanna, Wanhong Yang, Richard Farnsworth and Hayri Onal; Modelling and managing urban growth at the rural-urban fringe: a parcel-level model of residential land use change, Elena G. Irwin, Kathleen P. Bell and Jacqueline Geoghegan; Selecting biological reserves cost-effectively: an application to terrestrial vertebrate conservation in Oregon, Stephen Polasky, Jeffrey D. Camm and Brian Garber-Yonts; Agglomeration bonus: an incentive mechanism to reunite fragmented habitat for biodiversity conservation, Gregory M. Parkhurst, Jason F. Shogren, Chris Bastian, Paul Kivi, Jennifer Donner, Rodney B.W. Smith. Environmental Externalities: Success factors for sustainable urban brownfield development: a comparative case study approach to polluted sites, Peter Nijkamp, Caroline A. Rodenburg and Alfred J. Wagtendonk; 'Optimal' pollution abatement - whose benefits matter and how much?, Wayne B. Gray and Ronald J. Shadbegian; A GIS-environmental justice ana