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Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach


By (author) Jonathan M. Harris, By (author) Brian Roach

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  • Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
  • Format: Hardback | 608 pages
  • Dimensions: 211mm x 257mm x 43mm | 975g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Armonk, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0765637928
  • ISBN 13: 9780765637925
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: 3rd ed.
  • Sales rank: 148,980

Product description

This third edition text deftly balances classical cost/benefit analysis with the newer approach of ecological economics. The difficulties of assigning value and prices to everything in the field are explored thoroughly. This extensive revision now features: --More coverage (two full chapters) on the topic of global warming than any other text in this field; --A new chapter on water economics, including water demand management and water pricing; --A new chapter on environmental protection and the economy; --New material on food supply and the food supply crisis, including biofuels and growing meat consumption; --Expanded green accounting techniques. Online instructor's materials with PowerPoint slides are available to adopting professors. Student resources are also available free online.

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Author information

Jonathan M. Harris is Director of the Theory and Education Program at the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute. Brian Roach is Research Associate at the Tufts University Global Development and Environment Institute.

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"An important achievement. This is a carefully crafted textbook that should appeal to students from the natural sciences, as well as those from economics and other social sciences. The text covers a number of important topics that most texts neglect, including agricultural sustainability, the relationship between trade and the environment, and the role of local and national institutions in promoting environment-friendly development. The tone of the book is formal yet friendly, and the layout of text, tables, and figures is top notch. Each chapter includes numerous useful links to material on the worldwide web. This book should prove popular with students and instructors alike." -- Gerald Shively, Purdue University "The perfect introductory text covering environmental and natural resource economics. The choice and sequence of topics is excellent and the authors have provided the right balance between the neoclassical and ecological approaches. It is a most appealing text." -- Steven Kemp, Curtin University, Australia "The book is simply great! My students like it. It is really one of a kind and it fills an important need in the field. The book is very clear, very informative, flows very well, and indeed is written in a very interesting and readable style. The additional materials that come with the book are also very good. In short, job well done!" -- Rafael Reuveny, Indiana University "The textbook continues to be very thorough in its coverage. My particular interest in the book is the way that it is even-handed in its treatment of environmental and ecological economics. The two chapters specifically devoted to the ecological economics are clear summaries and the ecological approach is brought in at regular intervals to demonstrate alternative types of analysis." -- Helen Mercer, University of Greenwich, UK "A great book." -- Barry Shelley, Brandeis University; Oxfam America "Although many students approach an environmental economics class with enthusiasm, some find that seeing things solely through a classical microeconomic lens doesn't capture the whole picture. Harris and Roach present the subject through the lens of ecological economics, an approach that offers a more natural way at looking at things like climate change or global water cycles." -- Reference & Research Book News

Table of contents

Part I: Introduction: The Economy And The Environment 1. Changing Perspectives On The Environment 2. Resources, Environment, And Economic Development Part II: Economic Analysis Of Environmental Issues 3. The Theory Of Environmental Externalities 4. Common Property Resources And Public Goods 5. Resource Allocation Over Time 6. Valuing The Environment Part III: Ecological Economics And Environmental Accounting 7. Ecological Economics: Basic Concepts 8. National Income And Environmental Accounting Part IV: Population, Agriculture, And The Environment 9. Population And The Environment 10. Agriculture, Food, And Environment Part V: Energy And Resources 11. Nonrenewable Resources: Scarcity And Abundance 12. Energy: The Great Transition 13. Renewable Resource Use: Fisheries 14. Ecosystem Management-Forests 15. Water Economics And Policy Part VI: Pollution: Impacts And Policy Responses 16. Pollution: Analysis And Policy 17. Greening The Economy 18. Global Climate Change 19. Global Climate Change: Policy Responses Part VII: Environment, Trade, And Development 20. World Trade And The Environment 21. Institutions And Policies For Sustainable Development Glossary