Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Policy: Contested Choices / Edition 1

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Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Policy: Contested Choices offers a comprehensive analysis of the ethical problems associated with basing environmental policy on economic analysis, and ways to overcome these problems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631229681
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel W. Bromley is Anderson-Bascom Professor of Applied Economics in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written and edited numerous books including Sustaining Development (1999), The Handbook of Environmental Economics (1995), Making the Commons Work (1992), Environment and Economy (1991), and Economic Interests and Institutions (1989). He is also the editor of the journal Land Economics, the oldest and most distinguished international journal in environmental and natural resources economics.

Jouni Paavola is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia and an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics, and Society (OCEES), Mansfield College, Oxford, UK. He has authored a number of publications on economics, ethics, and history of environmental policy.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Contested Choices 3
2 Are Choices Tradeoffs? 17
3 The Ignorance Argument: What Must We Know to be Fair to the Future? 35
4 Benefit-Cost Considerations Should be Decisive When There is Nothing More Important at Stake 53
5 Environmental Policy as a Process of Reasonable Valuing 69
6 Rethinking the Choice and Performance of Environmental Policies 87
7 What Should We Do with Inconsistent, Nonwelfaristic, and Undeveloped Preferences? 103
8 Awkward Choices: Economics and Nature Conservation 120
9 All Environmental Policy Instruments Require a Moral Choice as to Whose Interests Count 133
10 Efficient or Fair: Ethical Paradoxes in Environmental Policy 148
11 Trading with the Enemy? Examining North-South Perspectives in the Climate Change Debate 164
12 Social Costs and Sustainability 181
13 Empirical Signs of Ethical Concern in Economic Valuation of the Environment 205
14 Motivating Existence Values: The Many and Varied Sources of the Stated WTP for Endangered Species 222
15 Environmental and Ethical Dimensions of the Provision of a Basic Need: Water and Sanitation Services in East Africa 239
16 Economics, Ethics, and Environmental Policy 261
Index 277
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