Quantifying Sustainable Development: The Future of Tropical Economies / Edition 3by Charles S. Hall
Pub. Date: 04/01/2000
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Until recently, the phenomenal economic development of the Asian tigers, Chile, and Malaysia, as well as the sustained economic growth of the United States, painted a very desirable and optimistic picture of free markets, fiscal responsibility, and, more generally, the entire dogma of neoclassical economics. As of the Fall of 1998, however, the economies of many tropical countries had contracted severely, and the enthusiasm of the developing tropics for the free market and all of its ancillary policies was decidedly cooler. Have our traditional approaches to economics been failing the developing world?
In this exciting, interdisciplinary book, the "holy grail" of neoclassical economics, growth as "sustainable development," is examined in an explicitly empirical framework using extensive databases on meteorology, demography, soils, agricultural production, and land use in Costa Rica. The contributors apply modern geographical and computational tools to age-old resource issues while asking whether the conventional approaches that we have used for economic analysis are adequate to the task.
Quantifying Sustainable Development: The Future of Tropical Economies includes six major sections beginning with an overview of the changing tropics and how these changes are affecting Costa Rica. Subsequent sections explore the theories and myths that have guided development and the application of new spatial tools for linking economic analysis with the biophysical characteristics of a region. The book concludes with an integrated analysis of energy, economics, and resource quality for each of the major sectors of the Costa Rican economy, including coffee, bananas, industry, and foreign trade. AUTHORBIO:Charles A. S. Hall is affiliated with the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York, Syracuse.
Carlos Leon Perez is affiliated with the Ministero de Agricultura, San Jose, Costa Rica.
Gregoire Leclerc is affiliated with the Laboratorio de Analisis Geografico, Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Foreword by Lester C. Thurow
- Links economic and biophysical analyses of sustainability
- Presents new tools and approaches for analysis and decision-making
- Includes a CD-ROM containing data and programs, color images, animated models, and references
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Table of ContentsContributors
Foreword by Lester C. Thurow
Section I: Introduction: The Tropics-Paradise Imperiled?
1. The Changing Tropics
2. A Brief Historical and Visual Introduction to Costa Rica
Section II: Development and Sustainability
3. The Theories and Myths that Have Guided Development
4. Data on Sustainability in Costa Rica: Time Series Analysis of Population, Land Use, Economics, Energy, and Efficiency
5. Land, Energy, and Agricultural Production in Costa Rica
Section III: Adding a Spatial Dimension: Tools for Dynamic Geographical Analysis
6. The Derivation and Analysis of National-Level Geographical Information: A New Model for Accessibility and an Easy-to-Use Micro GIS Program
7. Geographical Modeling: The Synthesis of a GIS and Simulation Modeling
Section IV: Building a Geographical Database for Costa Rica
8. Developing a Nationwide Topographical Database
9. Synthesis of Costa Rican Meteorological Information in a Geographical Context
10. Properties, Geographic Distribution, and Management of Major Soil Orders of Costa Rica
11. Remote Sensing and Land Use Analysis for Agriculture in Costa Rica
Section V: Application to Sustainability Issues for Costa Rica's Natural Resources
12. Temporal and Spatial Overview of Costa Rican Agricultural Production
13. Biophysical Agricultural Assessment and Management Models for Developing Countries
14. Geographical Synthesis of Data on Costa Rican Pastures and Their Potential for Improvement
15. The Extent and Economic Impacts of Soil Erosion in Costa Rica
16. Land Use and Cover Change in Costa Rica: A Geographic Perspective
17. Gradient Analysis of Biomass in Costa Rica anda First Estimate of Countrywide Emissions of Greenhouse Gases from Biomass Burning
18. Forestry in Costa Rica and an Estimate of Energy Potentially Available from Forests
19. Assessing the Role of Parks for Protecting Forest Resources Using GIS and Spatial Modeling
Section VI: Biophysical Analysis of Major Components of the Economy
20. The Costa Rican Banana Industry: Can It Be Sustainable?
21. The Costa Rican Coffee Industry
22. Costa Rican Industry: Characteristics, History, and Potential for Sustainability
23. The Internationalization of the Costa Rican Economy: A Two-Edged Sword.
24. An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Structural Adjustment Policies in Costa Rica
25. Comparative Estimates of Sustainability: Economic, Resource Base, Ecological Footprint, and Energy
26. The Myth of Sustainable Development
Appendix I: Low Cost Mapmaking
Appendix II: A Free Micro GIS Program
Supplement: CD-ROM of Pictures, Programs and Data
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