Natural Capital and Human Economic Survival

Natural Capital and Human Economic Survival

by Thomas Prough, Herman Daly, Robert Costanza, Robert Goodland

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Mary Carroll
One need not be an ecofreak to see that environmental costs and benefits are ignored (or at least undervalued) in the calculus of classical and neoclassical economic theory. Prugh and his associates remedy this "bad accounting" by incorporating ecological concepts into a transdisciplinary approach that recognizes renewable and nonrenewable "natural capital" as an indispensable "life support" base for any economy. The authors contrast the assumptions and consequences of traditional economic analysis with those of an ecological economics perspective; define the nature, function, and value of natural capital; and then suggest a number of specific policy steps--including "green taxes," graded ecozoning, depletion taxes, and ecological tariffs. Such measures would reverse current incentive structures, encourage maintenance of an investment in natural capital, and "get the prices right" for our choices between sustainable and overexploitive use of the planet's limited natural capital. Clearly presented, with helpful charts, sidebars, glossary, and resource list.

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International Society for Ecological Economics
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