Economics for Environmental Policy in Transition Economies: An Analysis of the Hungarian Experience

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A Hungarian economist and a British scholar of environmental policy explore the interaction of their disciplines with the intention of providing a model for reforming environmental policy that can be applied in other transition economies. They focus on such issues as the environmental concerns raised by the privatization process and the extent to which the less rigorous regulations are drawing investment to Hungary, the cost of reducing air pollution and using the contingent valuation method of measuring the benefits, and the effects of industrial restructuring on emissions and the prospects for emissions trading. They challenge the perception that energy pricing is the most important environmental policy measure. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

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1 Environmental and Economic Reforms in the Central and Eastern European Transitional Economies 1
2 Direct Impacts of Industrial Restructuring on Air Pollutant and Hazardous Waste Emissions in Hungary 15
3 Environmental Impacts of Industrial Privatization in Hungary 39
4 Cheap Environmental Services in Hungary: How Attractive Are They for Foreign Investors? 69
5 Practical Experience, International Agreements and the Prospects for Emission Trading in CEE 90
6 The Cost of Alternative Policies to Reduce SO[subscript 2] Emission in Hungary: A Case for the Power Sector 110
7 Empirical Benefit Estimates for Improving Air Quality in Hungary 131
8 Economics for Environmental Policy in the Central Eastern European Transformation: How Are the Context and Textbook Prescriptions Related? 157
Index 181
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