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The RFF Reader in Environmental and Resource Policy

2nd Edition

Edited by Wallace Oates


336 pages

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Many articles in the Reader were originally published in RFF's quarterly magazine, Resources. Wally Oates has supplemented that with material drawn from other RFF works, including issue briefs and special reports. The readings provide concise, insightful background and perspectives on a broad range of environmental issues including benefit-cost analysis, environmental regulation, hazardous and toxic waste, environmental equity, and the environmental challenges in developing nations and transitional economies. Natural-resource topics include resource management, biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture. The articles address many of today's most difficult public policy questions, such as environmental policy and economic growth, and 'When is a Life Too Costly to Save?' New to the second edition is an expanded set of readings on global climate change and sustainability, plus cutting-edge policy applications on topics like the environment and public health and the growing problem of antibiotic and pesticide resistance. For general readers, the RFF Reader has been an accessible, nontechnical, authoritative introduction to key issues in environmental and natural resources policy. It has been especially effective in demonstrating the contribution that economics and other social science research can make toward improving public debate and decisionmaking. Organized to follow the contents of popular textbooks in environmental economics and politics, it has also found wide use in beginning environmental policy courses.


'Concise, insightful background and perspectives on a broad range of environmental issues.' Natural Resources Journal 'Provides teachers and students, the public policy community, and interested citizens with short and readable articles on a wide variety of environmental esearch and policy topics.' European Environmental Education Newsletter

Table of Contents

Part I: General Methodology Water and Economics The Water Allocation System Model: A Management Tool Crop Choice and Agricultural Demand: Agricultural Submodel International Conflicts: Promoting Cooperation Part II: Results for Israel, Palestine, and Jordan A Note on Some Sensitive Issues Results for Israel Results for Palestine Results for Jordan Value of Cooperation

About the Editor

Wallace E. Oates is a professor of economics at the University of Maryland and a University Fellow with Resources for the Future. He has written widely on environmental affairs and is coauthor of The Theory of Environmental Policy and author of The Economics of Environmental Regulation.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General