Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics / Edition 1

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Though many students and environmentalists shudder at even the thought of economics, a working knowledge of the basics can be a powerful ally. Economic arguments carry a great deal of weight, and putting them to work for environmental causes can be a deciding factor, especially in policy debates. The reverse is true as well, and an understanding of the possibly flawed, misleading, or overstated economics behind an opponent's case can be crucially important.

Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics carefully explains the tools of economic analysis and shows how they can be used to help reveal the root causes of and potential solutions for environmental and natural resource problems. Jaeger's proven techniques and wonderfully conversational tone assume no economics training, and his presentation of the material is designed to facilitate clarity. His step-by-step approach unearths surprisingly simple, easy-to-remember principles and shows how to apply them to real-world environmental problems.

Those with exposure to introductory microeconomics will find Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics to be a welcome refresher. Undergraduate and graduate students of environmental studies, resource management, law, policy, and related fields, as well as novices who are skeptical of how the field could possibly help them in their own efforts, will be pleasantly surprised.

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Editorial Reviews

Land Economics - John Braden
"Overall, Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics is a nice, compact, competent, inexpensive introduction to the field of environmental economics."
Land Economics
"Overall, Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics is a nice, compact, competent, inexpensive introduction to the field of environmental economics."

— John Braden

Land Economics

"Overall, Envirommental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics is a nice, compact, competent, inexpensive introduction to the field of environmental economics."
former Lead Environmental Economist at The World Bank - John A. Dixon

"Environmental Economics for Tree Huggers and Other Skeptics by William Jaeger is an important and comprehensive primer on environmental economics. Jaeger brings his engaging teaching style to the printed page. The book introduces a host of economic concepts and environmental themes, all illustrated with clear and interesting examples. The book will be useful both as an introduction to the themes for non-economists, as well as a quick 'brush-up' for those whose understanding of environmental economics is somewhat rusty. Excellent for both sole study as well as a teaching text. Highly recommended."
Department Chair, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University - Alan Randall

"Bill Jaeger, in simple language and a style that is neither threatening nor overly ingratiating, patiently explains and defends the economic perspective on environmental issues. Astute environmentalists will welcome his analysis of how weak institutions and perverse incentives systematically undermine environmental quality, and what can be done about it.…"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559636681
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,076,652
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William K. Jaeger is associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Economic analysis in brief 1
2 Trade-offs, efficiency, and demand 17
3 Production, profit, and supply 35
4 Today versus tomorrow 62
5 Market failures 72
6 Sustainability : stocks and flows 83
7 Economic growth and development 96
8 International trade 106
9 Rules of the game 125
10 Pollution policies 144
11 Land and forest policies 174
12 The fishery predicament 189
13 Policy failures 206
14 Valuing the environment 217
15 Project and policy evaluation 237
16 Economics and morality 247
17 Closing arguments 261
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