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Transport, the Environment and Economic Policy

By: KJ Button

Edward Elgar

Hardback | Feb 1993 | #11080 | ISBN: 1852784431
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The impact of transport is generally recognized to have a serious impact on the global environment. This important book discusses all modes of transport and their effects on major problems such as greenhouse gases, depletion of non-renewable resources, urban sprawl, acid rain and oil-spillage. Drawing on the most recent research in environmental economics, it discusses problems of regulation and implications for economic policy.


Part 1 Introduction: background; the economist's interest in the environment; the book. Part 2 The transport system and transport policy: the scale of the sector; the transport mix; financing transport; the policy=making institutions. Part 3 The environmental effects of transport: the physical impact on the environment; the main forms of environmental impact; evolving trends. Part 4 Evaluating the environment: total value; methods of evaluation; the environmental costs of transport. Part 5 Economic causes of environmental degradation: the traditional framework; externalitiees; the question of property rights. Part 6 Intervention failures: the concept of intervention failures; forms of intervention failure; the problems of predicting future trends. Part 7 Instruments of economic policy - fiscal tools: fiscal instruments; emissions charges; tradeable (marketable) permits; the case for road pricing; fuel taxation and licence fees; subsidies. Part 8 Non-fiscal policy instruments: regulations; charges versus standards; land-use and transport planning; investments; physical traffic management; alternatives to transport; transhipment and consolidation; information and attitudes. Part 9 Political economy of policy: the question of efficiency; some theories of policy making; the international dimension.

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