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Quantitative Eco-Nomics How Sustainable Are Our Economies?

ISBN-10: 1402069650

ISBN-13: 9781402069659

Edition: 2008

Authors: Peter Bartelmus

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'Quantitative Eco-nomics' cuts through the fog of vision & advocacy by comparing & applying new quantitative tools of both environmental & ecological economics. Environmental accounts & empirical analyses provide operational concepts & measures of the sustainability of economic performance & growth.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 5/9/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 329
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.760
Language: English

Peter Bartelmus is a Professor at the University of Wuppertal, Germany and since 2009, has been Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, USA.

Questions, Questions, Questions
What on Earth is Wrong?
Paradise Lost
Environmental Doomsday and International Reaction
Reaching the Limits?
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
What's Economics Got to Do with It?
Economics Out of Sync?
Schools of Eco-nomic Thought
A Historical Overview
From Mainstream Economics to Deep Ecology
Ecological Versus Environmental Economics
Economic Sustainability: Maintaining Capital and Welfare
Environmental Macroeconomics: Assessing the Sustainability of Economic Growth
Environmental Microeconomics: Cost Internalization, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Optimal Use of Natural Resources
Ecological Sustainability: Dematerialization
Carrying Capacity, Ecosystem Resilience and Environmental Space
Material Throughput and Dematerialization
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Sustainable Development - Blueprint or Fig Leaf?
What is Development?
Goals and Decades of Development
Which Countries Are Developing?
Towards an Operational Definition of Sustainable Development
Cornucopia from Sustainable Development?
From Sustainability to Feasibility of Development
Local (Eco-)Development
Normative Economics for Sustainable Development?
Co-evolutionary Economics
Has the Paradigm Run Its Course?
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Assessing the Physical Base of the Economy
Statistics and Indicators
Statistical Frameworks
A Framework for Environment Statistics
Integrating Economic, Environmental and Social/Demographic Statistics
From Statistics to Indicators 'for' Sustainable Development
Indicator Selection: Reducing Information Overload
A Framework for Sustainable Development Indicators
Indicator Use: Alert, Action or Evaluation?
Global Warming: The Indicator 'of' (Non)Sustainable Development?
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Aggregation: From Indicators to Indices
Aggregation Methods
Judgemental Methods of Indicator Evaluation
Mathematical Tools of Information Reduction
Scientific Criteria of Aggregation
Empirical (Commensurable) Weighting
Indicator Averages
Indices of Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Index (SDI) and Human Development Index (HDI)
Well-Being Index (WI)
Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)
Ecological Footprint (EF)
Critique: Towards a 'Balanced' Approach
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Energy and Material Flow Accounting
Rationale: Social Metabolism and Environmental Sustainability
Energy Accounting
Exergy Accounting
Emergy Accounting
Energy Theory of Value
Material Flow Accounting
Concepts, Methods and Indicators
Results
Critique: Ton Ideology, Early Warning or Policy Guide?
Physical Input-Output Tables
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Greening the Economic Accounts
Linking the Physical and Monetary Accounts
Measures of Economic Welfare and Wealth
Welfare Indicators
Comprehensive Wealth Measures
Extending the National Accounts: Incorporating Nature's Assets
Hybrid Accounts: Expanding the Production Boundary
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
SEEA - The System for Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting
Pricing the Priceless
Market Valuation of Depletion and Degradation
Maintenance Costing of Environmental Degradation
Contingent and Related Damage Valuation
SEEA Objectives, Structure and Indicators
Accounting for Sustainability
Environmentally Adjusted Macroeconomic Indicators
Accounting for Policy Performance
Case Studies
SEEA Revision
Accounting for Economic Sustainability?
Accounting for Ecological Sustainability?
Revising the Revision
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Corporate Accounting: Accounting for Accountability
From Accountability to Accounting
Corporate Social Responsibility
Getting Physical or Monetary?
Micro-Macro Link
From Accounting to Management
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Analysis-Modelling Sustainability
Diagnosis: Has the Economy Behaved Sustainably?
Welfare Secured? Dematerialized? Capital Maintained?
Welfare Indices: Confirming the Threshold Hypothesis?
Dematerialization: Delinkage of Economic Output and Material Input
Capital Maintenance: Has Economic Growth Been Sustainable?
What Are the Causes? Structural Analysis of Environmental Impact
Environmental-Economic Profiles
Direct and Indirect Impacts: From Accounting to Modelling
Decomposition: The Driving Forces of Environmental Impacts
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Prediction: Will Economic Growth Be Sustainable?
Econometrics: The Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis
Regression Analysis: Testing the Hypothesis
Results: Rejecting the Hypothesis?
Critique
Simulation of Non-sustainability: The Limits-to-Growth Model
Model Features and Results
Critique and Counter-critique
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Policy Analysis: Can We Make Growth Sustainable?
Environmental Policy Measures in General Equilibrium and Input-Output Analysis
Environmental Cost Internalization in the Static Leontief Model
Two Case Studies: Greened GDP in Input-Output and CGE Models
Environmental Constraints and Optimality: A Linear Programming Approach
Dynamic Analysis: Optimality and Sustainability of Economic Growth
Dynamic Linear Programming
Optimal Growth and Sustainability
Some General Conclusions
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Strategic Outlook
Tackling the Limits to Growth
Ignoring the Limits: Muddling Through
Complying with Limits: Curbing Economic Activity
Pushing the Limits: Eco-Efficiency
Eco-Efficiency and Resource Productivity
Categories and Efficiency of Market Instruments
From Theory to Practice: Ecological Tax Reform in Germany
Adopting Limits: Sufficiency, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Ethics
Voluntary Action: Sufficiency and Corporate Social Responsibility
The Driving Force: Environmental Ethics
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Globalization and Global Governance
Sustainability Effects of Globalization
Global Governance for Sustainable Development
Greening the WTO
Creating Countervailing Power
Towards a Global Compact?
Further Reading
Review and Exploration
Questions, Questions, Questions - and Some Answers
What Is the Problem?
What Has Economics Got To Do with It?
How Bad Is It?
How Bad Has It Been?
How Bad Will It Be?
What Can Be Done?
Some Non-conclusive Answers
Annexes
Market Failure and Environmental Cost Internalization - A Primer
Market and Policy Failure
Internalizing Externalities
Economic Rent and Natural Resource Depletion
SEEA Germany - A Pilot Case Study
References
Index
Colour Plates