226 pages, no illustrations
Provides a conceptual set of tools for how to approach environmental issues in a rigorous and thoughtful manner, based on an analysis of incentives, property rights, market failure, supply and demand constraints, and insights from behavioral economics. Easy-to-read and filled with real-world examples of the most complex environmental challenges, this book demonstrates that sound economic analysis and reasoning can be one of the environmental community's strongest allies.
'Economics continues to be one of the most powerful, yet misunderstood tools for environmental management and conservation. Jason Scorse's book will help anyone who cares about the environment move beyond simple ideas of money to understand how economic factors affect the environment and how the environment affects the economic wellbeing of all people.' - Linwood Pendelton, Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy, The Nicholas Institute at Duke University, USA
Introduction PART I: HOW ECONOMISTS APPROACH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES The Root Causes of Environmental Problems Determining the 'Optimum' Amount of Pollution Valuing Ecosystems Putting Monetary Values on the Environment and Living Things Valuing Future Generations Tools to Address Environmental Problems PART II: PUTTING ECONOMIC ANALYSIS TO WORK Climate Change Conservation and Biodiversity Preservation Agriculture Chemical Pollution Fisheries Deforestation Population Growth & Technological Change Demand-Side Interventions Final Thoughts& Additional Resources Comprehensive Reference List
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JASON SCORSE Associate Professor and Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, USA.