Global Environmental Economics

Global Environmental Economics

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The major purpose of this book is to contribute to better economic policy analysis through improvements in models studying the economic impacts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, and to show ways in which economic instruments can effectively be put to use to alleviate such problems. Global Environmental Economics is an integrated economic assessment of GHG emissions impacting economic growth and welfare change along major considerations of uncertainty, technological change and cooperation. A theoretical treatment of the issues is emphasized, using modern tools of economic theory and based on 'simple' models that yield illustrative results in terms of 'what-if' questions. With this focus the book distinguishes itself uniquely from other economic analytic approaches in the field that have appeared in the past few years. It focuses on the analysis, control and optimization of modelling forms rather than the collection and analysis of data. More concretely, the book searches for optimal fossil fuel use, research and technology policies rather than prediction of the future.
The collection appeals to researchers interested in environmental economics, economic theory, and mathematical methods (in particular optimal-control theory) and economic growth.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 372 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 27.9mm | 680.4g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • references, indexes
  • 0792380924
  • 9780792380924

Table of contents

1. Issues of Global Environmental Economics. 2. Economic Models of Optimal Energy Use Under Environmental Constraints. 3. Uncertainty in Economic Models of Optimal Energy Use. 4. Long-Run Investment and Technical Progress: Dynamic and Vintage-Type Models. 5. Energy - Economy - Environmental Models with Special Reference to CO2 Emission Control. 6. A Simple Endogenous Model of Economic Activity and Climate Change. 7. Global Environmental Economics and Economic Growth. 8. Optimal Economic Growth when CO2 Constraints are Critical. 9. Uncertainty, Value of Information and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 10. Decentralized Control of Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Co-ordination and Co-operation. Appendices.
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