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The second edition of Economics and the Environment centers around four focused questions: How much pollution is too much? Is government up to the job? How can we do better? How can we resolve global issues? Using these questions as guidelines, Goodstein develops the economic tools students need to explore solutions to environmental problems. In the process, the book covers a wealth of current examples, from global warming, to population growth, to urban air pollution and energy policy, to chemical regulation and landfill siting.
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This textbook introduces the issues related to environmental policy debates and explains the economist's tools for analyzing them. It pairs the standard economic analysis with ethical and ecological concerns. The book considers the determination of acceptable levels of pollution, the government's abilities and limitations, the possibilities for improvement, and the resolution of global issues. Goodstein teaches at Lewis and Clark College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471399988
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Four Economic Questions about Global Warming 3
Pt. I How Much Pollution is Too Much? 21
Ch. 2 Ethics and Economics 23
Ch. 3 Pollution and Resource Degradation as Externalities 32
Ch. 4 The Efficiency Standard 49
Ch. 5 The Safety Standard 66
Ch. 6 Sustainability: A Neoclassical View 83
Ch. 7 Sustainability: An Ecological View 112
Ch. 8 Measuring the Benefits of Environmental Protection 137
Ch. 9 Measuring the Costs of Environmental Protection 164
Ch. 10 Benefit - Cost in Practice: Implementing the Efficiency Standard 189
Ch. 11 Is More Really Better? Consumption and Welfare 210
Pt. II Is Government up to the Job? 227
Ch. 12 The Political Economy of Environmental Regulation 229
Ch. 13 An Overview of Environmental Legislation 250
Ch. 14 The Regulatory Record: Achievements and Obstacles 270
Ch. 15 Monitoring and Enforcement 284
Pt. III How Can we do Better? 303
Ch. 16 Incentive-Based Regulation: Theory 305
Ch. 17 Incentive-Based Regulation: Practice 334
Ch. 18 Promoting Clean Technology: Theory 356
Ch. 19 Promoting Clean Technology: Practice 379
Ch. 20 Energy Policy and the Environment 413
Pt. IV Can We Resolve Global Issues? 443
Ch. 21 Poverty, Population, and the Environment 445
Ch. 22 Environmental Policy in Poor Countries 476
Ch. 23 The Economics of Global Agreements 510
Selected Web Sites for Environmental and Natural Resource Economists 529
Author Index 531
Subject Index 536
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