Environmental Economics

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For the past twenty-five years governmental decision makers have employed the economic approach of benefit-cost analysis for resource allocation decisions. Environmental Economics describes, in a nontechnical, readily understandable way, why the actual practice of benefit-cost analysis in environmental settings is heavily biased against the environment. The book provides environmentalists with the tools necessary to show policymakers that pursuing many policies with apparent costs greater than benefits is, in fact, welfare enhancing.

About the Author:
Philip E. Graves is professor of economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder

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Editorial Reviews

Robert A. Simons
Graves' economics book takes a critical look at the benefit-cost analysis of environmental issues. This well-written, teaching-style book has excellent coverage of the applicable theory and methodology, and serves as a good primer for advanced undergraduates and practitioners with some economics background.
Amitrajeet A. Batabyal
Philip Graves provides a lucid account of contemporary environmental economics that is not only interesting but also goes beyond the conventional wisdom on the subject. Therefore, both beginning students and seasoned researchers in the field will find this book to be of considerable value.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742546981
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip E. Graves is professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been teaching environmental economics for thirty years and is the co-author of The Economics of Environmental Quality (Norton, 1986) and Intermediate Microeconomics (Harcourt, 1988).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Economics Background-Why Economists Like Benefit-Cost Analysis     1
Introductory Matters of Logic and Philosophy     5
Why Economists Like Market Outcomes for Ordinary Goods     17
Benefit-Cost Analysis when Information Is "Perfect": The Role of Time in Environmental Economic Decisions     37
"Missing Markets": Externalities, Public Goods, and Property Rights     53
Externalities as Missing Markets     57
Public Goods as Missing Markets     65
Property Rights as a Potential Solution to Environmental Problems     75
Important Theoretical Problems with Implementing Benefit-Cost Analysis     87
The Well-Known "Demand Revelation" Problem Out of a Given Income     89
A Less-Well-Known "Supply Revelation" Problem     93
Practical Problems with the Implementation of Benefit-Cost Analysis     107
Approaches to Estimating the Costs of Environmental Control Policies     109
Overview of Approaches to the Valuation of Benefits of Environmental Policies     123
Voting as a Way to Confer Environmental Benefits     131
Constructed Markets: Stated Preferences and Experiments to Infer Environmental Benefits     139
The Sum-of-Specific-Damages Approach     143
Hedonic Methods of ValuingEnvironmental Amenities     149
Travel Cost Method of Valuing Environmental Amenities     167
Political and Jurisdictional Problems     173
Epilogue     181
Index     185
About the Author     187
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