About this book
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.
Natural Resource Economics: Ujjayant Chakravorty and Chieko Umetsu (2003), Basinwide water management; a spatial model; James N. Sanchirico and James E. Wilen (2002), The impacts of marine reserves on limited-entry fisheries; Martin D. Smith and James E. Wilen (2003), Economic impacts of marine reserves: the importance of spatial behavior; Stephen K. Swallow, Piyali Talukdar and David N. Wear (1997), Spatial and temporal specialization in forest ecosystem management under sole ownership; Erkki Koskela and Markku Ollikainen (2001), Optimal private and public harvesting under spatial and temporal interdependence; Elizabeth J. Z. Robinson, Jeffrey C. Williams and Heidi J. Albers (2002), The influence of markets and policy on spatial patterns of non-timber forest product extraction; Jacqueline Geoghegan, Laura Schneider and Colin Vance (2005), Temporal dynamics and spatial scales: modeling deforestation in the southern Yucatan peninsular region; Madhu Khanna, Wanhong Yang, Richard Farnsworth and Hayri Onal (2003), Cost-effective targeting of land retirement to improve water quality with endogenous sediment deposition coefficients; Elena G. Irwin, Kathleen P. Bell and J. Geoghegan (2003), Modeling and managing urban growth at the rural-urban fringe: a parcel-level model of residential land use change; Stephen Polasky, Jeffrey D. Camm and Brian Garber-Yonts (2001), Selecting biological reserves cost-effectively: an application to terrestrial vertebrate conservation in Oregon; Gregory M. Parkhurst, Jason F. Shogren, Chris Bastian, Paul Kivi, Jennifer Donner, Rodney B. W. Smith (2002), Agglomeration bonus: an incentive mechanism to reunite fragmented habitat for biodiversity conservation. Environmental Externalities: Peter Nijkamp, Caroline A. Rodenburg and Alfred J. Wagtendonk (2002), Success factors for sustainable urban brownfield development: a comparative case study approach to polluted sites; Wayne B. Gray and Ronald J. Shadbegian (2004), "Optimal" pollution abatement - whose benefits matter and how much?; Michael Jerrett, Richard T. Burnett, Pavlos Kanaroglou, John Eyles, Norm Finkelstein, Chris Giovis and Jeffrey Brook (2001), A GIS-environmental justice analysis of particulate air pollution in Hamilton, Canada; James T.Hamilton (1995), Testing for environmental racism: prejudice, profits, political power?; Hilary Sigman (2001), The pace of progress at superfund sites: policy goals and interest group influence; Viscusi W. Kip and James T. Hamilton (1999), Are risk regulators rational? evidence from hazardous waste cleanup decisions; Hilary Sigman (2002). International spillovers and water quality in rivers: do countries free ride?; Eric Helland and Andrew B. Whitford (2003), Pollution incidence and political jurisdiction: evidence from the TRI; Alberto Ansuategi (2003), Economic growth and transboundary pollution in Europe: an empirical analysis; John A List, Warren W. McHone and Daniel L. Millimet (2003), Effects of air quality regulation on the destination choice of relocating plants; Ell Berman and Linda T. M. Bui (2001), Environmental regulation and labor demand: Evidence from the South Coast air basin; J. Vernon Henderson (1996), Effects of air quality regulation; Michael Greenstone (2004), Did the clean air act cause the remarkable decline in sulfur dioxide concentrations?; Index.
Jacqueline Geoghegan is Associate Professor and Wayne Gray is Professor, both at the Department of Economics at Clark University, USA.