Environment and Resource Policies for the World Economy

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In this book, part of the Brookings Integrating National Economies series, Richard N. Coopers evaluates the need for international policy action in natural resource and environmental management. Taking into account the diversity of individual states' circumstances and priorities, Cooper concludes that stiff environmental regulations generally are not the best answer to environmental management. He explains that developing countries are not likely to take actions to improve environmental hazards if those actions ...
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Overview

In this book, part of the Brookings Integrating National Economies series, Richard N. Coopers evaluates the need for international policy action in natural resource and environmental management. Taking into account the diversity of individual states' circumstances and priorities, Cooper concludes that stiff environmental regulations generally are not the best answer to environmental management. He explains that developing countries are not likely to take actions to improve environmental hazards if those actions risk slowing their economic growth. Instead, policies that provide incentives for compliance with international standards are needed. The book outlines past international actions, what has worked and what has not, and provides recommendations for future action.
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Harvard economist Cooper argues that the need for global action to govern most environmental crises is minimal, and that national or regional policy and market developments can handle most threats to the environment, as well as disputes over use of natural resources. Paper edition (unseen), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
2 Natural Resources 4
3 Common Heritage 11
Antarctica 12
Outer Space 17
Ocean Seabed 20
Harvesting the Oceans 23
The Atmosphere 26
4 Economic Activities with No Transborder Externalities 28
5 Economic Activities with Transborder Externalities 37
Ozone Depletion 39
Global Climate Change 41
Risk Aversion 53
International Considerations 55
Implications for U.S. Policy 67
6 Conclusions 69
Comments 75
References 85
Index 89
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