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Solutions for the World's Biggest Problems Costs and Benefits

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ISBN-10: 0521715970

ISBN-13: 9780521715973

Edition: 2007

Authors: Bj�rn Lomborg

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The world has many pressing problems. Thanks to the efforts of governments, NGOs, and individual activists there is no shortage of ideas for resolving them. However, even if all governments were willing to spend more money on solving the problems, we cannot do it all at once. We have to prioritize; and in order to do this we need a better sense of the costs and benefits of each 'solution'. This book offers a rigorous overview of twenty-three of the world's biggest problems relating to the environment, governance, economics, and health and population. Leading economists provide a short survey of the state-of-the-art analysis and sketch out policy solutions for which they provide cost-benefit ratios. A unique feature is the provision of freely downloadable software which allows readers to make their own cost-benefit calculations for spending money to make the world a better place.
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Book details

List price: $41.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/18/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 462
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History in the Department of History, University of Glasgow. His previous publications include The Russian Civil War (1983/2008), The Soviet Elite from Lenin to Gorbachev: The Central Committee and its Members, 1917-1991 (with Stephen White, 2000), The Stalin Years: The Soviet Union, 1929-1953 (2003) and Thunder in the East: The Nazi-Soviet War, 1941-1945 (2005).Bjirn Lomborg is Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of the controversial bestseller, The Skeptical Environmentalist (Cambridge, 2001), and was named as one of the most globally influential people by Time magazine in 2004.

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Economy
Financial instability
Lack of intellectual property rights
Money laundering
Subsidies and trade barriers
Environment
Air pollution
Climate change
Deforestation
Land degradation
The economics of biodiversity loss
Vulnerability to natural disasters
Governance
Arms proliferation
Conflicts
Corruption
Lack of education
Terrorism
Health and population
Drugs
Disease control
Lack of people of working age
Living conditions of children
Living conditions of women
Hunger and malnutrition
Unsafe water and lack of sanitation
Population: migration
Conclusion: Making your own prioritization