HOW MUCH POLLUTION AND RESOURCE DEGRADATION IS TOO MUCH?
IS GOVERNMENT UP TO THE JOB?
HOW CAN WE DO BETTER?
HOW CAN WE RESOLVE GLOBAL ISSUES?
There are often no easy answers to environmental challenges. But asking the right questions leads to a clear and effective economic framework for understanding pressing environmental problems—from finding sites for landfills, to regulating chemical emissions from manufacturing plants, to preserving species diversity.
Organized around these four key questions, Eban Goodstein’s Fourth Edition offers in-depth analysis of important environmental policy debates, and equips readers with the tools necessary to understand these issues—as economists do.
Up-to-date coverage and timely examples
The Fourth Edition is updated throughout and features expanded Resource Economic coverage, including a detailed fisheries model and discussions of Individual Tradeable Quotas (ITQs) and Aquaculture, as well as a new section on non-renewable resource depletion in a Hotelling model. This edition also contains a more detailed look at environmental accounting and the Precautionary Principle.
Rather than taking sides on controversial issues, Goodstein presents a balanced view stressing the complexity faced by environmental and resource economists. As one example, the text features back-to-back chapters on neoclassical versus ecological approaches to sustainability.
Clear and integrated presentation
The text integrates topics and theory under the four big economic questions listed above. This format provides a clear conceptual handle for understanding how economists approach environmental issues.
This textbook introduces the issues related to environmental policy debates and explains the economist's tools for analyzing them. It pairs the standard economic analysis with ethical and ecological concerns. The book considers the determination of acceptable levels of pollution, the government's abilities and limitations, the possibilities for improvement, and the resolution of global issues. Goodstein teaches at Lewis and Clark College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)