Ecological Economics An Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521016703

ISBN-13: 9780521016704

Edition: 2005

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Assuming no prior knowledge of economics, this textbook is intended for interdisciplinary environmental science and management courses. The authors, who have written extensively on the economics of sustainability, combine insights from mainstream economics as well as ecological sciences. Part I explores the interdependence of the modern economy and its environment, while Part II focuses mainly on the economy and on economics. Part III reviews how national governments set policy targets and the instruments used to pursue those targets. Part IV examines international trade and institutions, and two major global threats to sustainability - climate change and biodiversity loss.
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Book details

List price: $93.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/13/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 594
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

Sigrid Stagl is Lecturer in Ecological Economics at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental Values and is currently Vice-President of the European Society of Ecological Economics.

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Preface
Introduction
An introduction to ecological economics
What is ecological economics?
A brief history of the environment in economics
Science and ethics
Sustainability and sustainable development
The relationship between ecological and neoclassical economics
A guided tour
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
Interdependent Systems
The environment
Planet earth
Thermodynamics
Ecosystems
Nutrient cycles
Evolution
Summary
Keywords
Doubling times with exponential growth
Further Reading
Websites
Exercises
Humans in the environment - some history
Human evolution
The history of human numbers
Hunter-gatherers
The transition to agriculture
The second transition
Energy and agriculture
The extent of the human impact on the biosphere
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
The economy in the environment - a conceptual framework
The big picture
Stocks and flows
The economy
Resource extraction
Waste insertion
Implications of the laws of thermodynamics
Recycling
Amenity services
Life support services
Interactions
Threats to sustainability
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Economic Activity
Economic accounting
Input-output accounting
National income accounting conventions
National income as the measure of economic performance
National income accounting and the environment
Summary
Keywords
Input-output algebra
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Economic growth and human well-being
The rich and the poor
Why are some countries rich and some poor?
What drives economic growth?
The desirability of economic growth
Non-economic indicators of well-being
Human needs and desires - what makes people happy?
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Economic growth and the environment
The IPAT identity
Modelling growth and the environment
Limits to Growth?
Growth as the solution to environmental problems?
Sustainable development?
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion questions
Exercises
Exchange and markets
Exchange and specialisation
How markets work
Applications of market analysis
Lending and borrowing, saving and investing
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Limits to markets
Markets and efficiency
Market failure and its correction
Markets and equity
Markets and the environment
Markets and sustainability
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Discussion Questions
Websites
Exercises
Governance
Determining policy objectives
The history of the sustainable development principle
Operationalising the principle
Decision making under imperfect knowledge
The Precautionary Principle and safe minimum standards
Science and precaution
From policy principles to policy objectives
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Environmental policy instruments
Choice of environmental policy instruments
Moral suasion
Command-and-control instruments
Creation of property rights
Taxation
Tradable permits
The least cost theorem
Environmental performance bonds
Interdependence of policy goals
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Input-output analysis of carbon taxation
The International Dimension
A world of nation states
The case for international trade
Patterns of international trade
International trade and sustainable development
Institutions regulating international trade
Towards trade rules for sustainability
Globalisation
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Climate change
The nature and extent of the problem
Why the problem is difficult
Mitigation targets and instruments
What is being done about the problem?
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
Exercises
Biodiversity loss
The biodiversity-loss problem
Why it is a difficult problem
Conservation policy
The Convention on Biological Diversity
Summary
Keywords
Further Reading
Websites
Discussion Questions
References
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