Resource and Environmental Economics / Edition 1

Resource and Environmental Economics / Edition 1

by Anthony C. Fisher
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521285941

ISBN-13: 9780521285940

Pub. Date: 11/30/1981

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book presents the major themes of the economic literature on natural resources and the environment. It is designed to bring the reader, in part with the aid of a unified model of optimal resource use, to the frontiers of the discipline, using only elementary mathematical models. Features special to exhaustible and renewable resources, including the problems

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This book presents the major themes of the economic literature on natural resources and the environment. It is designed to bring the reader, in part with the aid of a unified model of optimal resource use, to the frontiers of the discipline, using only elementary mathematical models. Features special to exhaustible and renewable resources, including the problems posed by market imperfections, are treated as extensions of the basic model. The theoretical discussion is enriched with examples and applications, including a systematic investigation of the behaviour of resource reserves, costs, prices, and substitution possibilities. Substantial attention to environmental, as well as extractive, resources is a distinctive aspect of this book. The author describes methods of estimating the environmental costs of resource development and other projects, and presents some key empirical findings. Policy instruments to protect the environment, such as taxes, subsidies, marketable permits, and direct controls, are carefully analysed from a welfare-theoretic point of view.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521285940
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/1981
Series:
Cambridge Surveys of Economic Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Exhaustible resources: the theory of optimal depletion; 3. Renewable resources: the theory of optimal use; 4. Resource Scarcity: are resources limits to growth? 5. Natural resources and natural environments; 6. Environmental pollution; 7. Some concluding thoughts: the role of economics in the study of resource and environmental problems.

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