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Overview

Economic Theory for Environmentalists is a much-needed and heralded new book that examines the implications of neoclassical economic theory and how it relates to the environment and environmental activity. It addresses the ongoing conflict between market forces and environmental integrity and explains how neoclassical economic theory views the relationship between economic activity and the natural world.
Each chapter outlines the concepts of economic theory and the relevance of its environmental and policy implications. It focuses on both micro and macro-economics. Policy tools such as price and income elasticities, consumer surplus and methods for measuring the economic value of environmental resources are discussed. A case study which examines a range of policy options is presented. Examples are also given throughout the text to illustrate regional and international policy questions.
Presented in a simple and easy to understand manner, this valuable book is suited for anyone dealing with environmental, economic, or policy issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574440034
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 5/30/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Markets and Models: The Circular Flow of Economic Activity
Economic Efficiency and Pareto Optimality
The Context of Market Exchange
Economics and the Biophysical World
What This Book Does and Does Not Do
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Theory of the Consumer
Introduction
The Indifference Curve
The Edgeworth Box Diagram
Pareto Optimality in Exchange
Consumer Theory and the Biophysical World
Models and Reality
Summary
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Theory of the Firm
Introduction
The Isoquant
The Edgeworth Box Diagram for Production
The Production Possibilities Frontier
Production Theory and the Biophysical World
Summary
Appendix-A Digression on Functional Form
Suggestions for Further Reading
General Equilibrium and Welfare Economics
Introduction
General Equilibrium in Exchange
The Social Welfare Function
General Equilibrium Theory and the Biophysical World
Social Welfare and Ethics
Beyond Human Welfare
Summary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Introducing Prices: Pareto Optimality & Perfect Competition
Introduction
Prices in Consumption: The Budget Constraint
The Demand Curve
Prices in Production: The Cost Constraint
The Supply Curve
The Model of Perfect Competition
Efficiency in Resource Use: Long-Run Competitive Equilibrium
Perfect Competition and Pareto Optimality
Prices and the Biophysical World
Summary
Suggestions for Further Reading
Market Failure: When Prices Are Wrong
Introduction
Imperfect Market Structures
Public Goods
Externalities
Solutions to the Externality Problem-Coase Versus Pigou
Elasticities-Measuring Policy Effectiveness
Consumer Surplus-Who Pays for Intervention?
Intervention Failure
Existence Failure
Summary
Suggestions for Further Reading
From Supply and Demand to Social and Ecological Context
Introduction
Before the Classical Economists
The Classical Economists
The Marginalist Revolution and the Mathematical Foundations of Neoclassical Economics
The Battle Lines Are Drawn: John Maynard Keynes and the General Theory
The Neoclassical Synthesis
Revolution and Counterrevolution: The End of Consensus
New Directions in Economic Theory and Policy:
Ecological Economics
Summary
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
The Challenge of Pollution Control: Groundwater Pollution
Introduction
Determining the Source of Pollution
The Efficiency Standard
Market Prices Versus Shadow Prices
Determining the Pollution Optimum
The "Second Best" Approach
The Policy Question-How Do We Enforce Pollution Standards?
Safe Minimum Standard Options
Summary
Suggested Readings
New Directions for Economics, the Economy, and the Environment
Taking Stock of Where We Are
Economic Decision-Making and the Biophysical World
Economic Decision-Making and Human Culture
Decision Under Uncertainty
Where Do We Go From Here?
Suggested Reading
Index

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