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Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management / Edition 1

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Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management / Edition 1

As Thomas Sterner points out, the economic 'toolkit' for dealing with environmental problems has become formidable. It includes taxes, charges, permits, deposit-refund systems, labeling, and other information disclosure mechanisms. Though not all these devices are widely used, empirical application has started within some sectors, and we are beginning to see the first systematic efforts at an advanced policy design that takes due account of market-based incentives. Sterner s book encourages more widespread and careful use of economic policy instruments. Intended primarily for application in developing and transitional countries, the book compares the accumulated experiences of the use of economic policy instruments in the U.S. and Europe, as well as in select rich and poor countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Ambitious in scope, the book discusses the design of instruments that can be employed in a wide range of contexts, including transportation, industrial pollution, water pricing, waste, fisheries, forests, and agriculture. Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management is deeply rooted in economics but also informed by perspectives drawn from political, legal, ecological, and psychological research. Sterner notes that, in addition to meeting requirements for efficiency, the selection and design of policy instruments must satisfy criteria involving equity and political acceptability. He is careful to distinguish between the well-designed plans of policymakers and the resulting behavior of society. A copublication of Resources for the Future, the World Bank, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781891853128
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/20/2002
Series: RFF Press Ser.
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 530
Product dimensions: 1.07(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

About the Author

Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a university fellow at Resources for the Future. In March 2009, he will be awarded the Myrdal prize for the best article in the Swedish journal Ekonomisk Debatt.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Overview of the Book
Part 1: The Need for Environmental and Natural Resources Policy
2. Classical Causes of Environmental Degradation
3. Public Economics and Information
4. Adapting models to Ecosystems: Ecology, Time and Space
5. The Evolution of Rights
Part 2: Instruments of Environmental Policy
6. Direct regulation of the enviroment
7. Tradable Permits
8. Taxes
9. Subsidies, Deposit Refund, and Refunded Emission Payments
10. Property rights, legal instruments and informational policies
Part 3: Selection of Policy Instruments
11. National Environmental Policy and Planning
12. Efficiency of Policy Instruments
13. Role of Uncertainty and Information Symmetry
14. Equilibrium and market conditions
15. Distribution of Costs
16. Politics and Psychology of Policy Instruments
17. International Aspects
18. Design of Policy Instruments
Part 4: Policy Instruments for (Road) Transports
19. Environmnental road pricing
20. Taxation or regulation for fuel efficiency
21. Fuel Quality, Vehicle Standards, and Urban Planning
22. Lessons Learned: Transportation
Part 5: Policy Instruments for Industrial Pollution
23. Experience in Developed Countries
24. Experience in Developing Countries
Part 6: Policy Instruments for Management of Natural Resources and Ecosystems
25. Water
26. Waste
27. Fisheries
28. Agriculture
29. Forestry
30. Ecosystem Services
31. Looking Ahead: Policy Issues and Potential Solutions

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