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Environmental Economics by Barry Field, Martha k Field

By Barry Field, Martha k Field

Environmental Economics is an creation to the fundamental rules of environmental economics as they've been constructed long ago and as they proceed to adapt. The examples mentioned during this textbook signify just a pattern of the whole variety of concerns that truly exists. therefore, the 7th version sticks to the fundamental rules and ways in which environmental economists have came upon to make the elemental suggestions and versions extra particular and proper to concrete environmental matters. the fundamental constitution and series of chapters are unchanged yet comprise new and up-to-date fabric that displays the recent examine efforts through environmental economists during the last few years.

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C. J. Monast, “New Source Review and Coal Efficiency Gains: How New and Forthcoming Air Regulations Affect Outcomes,” Energy Policy, 70, July 2014, pp. 183–192. performance of an entire country taken as a single unit. When we study topics such as changes in GDP, rates of inflation, and the unemployment rate, we are focusing on the performance of the country as a whole; that is to say, we are doing macroeconomics. There are a number of important questions about the relationship between environmental issues and the behavior of the macroeconomy: r What overall preferences do citizens have with respect to the balance between environmental protection and economic growth?

This often puts benefit– cost studies squarely in the middle of political controversy on many environmental issues. In the political struggles that characterize many environmental problems, groups on one side consist of people whose major concern is with the benefits, whereas groups on the other side are primarily concerned with costs. Environmental groups typically stress the benefits; business groups usually focus on the costs. Valuing the Environment To complete a benefit–cost analysis of an environmental program or regulation successfully, it’s necessary to estimate both the benefits and the costs of the actions.

Reducing the total quantity of these residuals is one major way of doing this, and the relationships discussed indicate the basic ways this may be done. But damages also can be reduced by working directly on the stream of residuals, a fact that must be kept in mind in our later discussions. The Environment as an Economic and Social Asset One good way of thinking about the environment is as an asset that produces important services for humans and nonhuman organisms. But the ability of the environment to produce these services can be degraded.

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