Environmental Conflict: In Search of Common Ground

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SUNY Press, 2002 M08 1 - 176 pages
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This straightforward translation of environmental economics discusses issues and concerns that have long-lasting and often substantial effects. The authors bridge the gap between the natural and social sciences by examining how economic decisions interact with the environment. In addition, they explain why economics plays an important role in clarifying environmental issues and formulating solutions. Environmental Conflict analyzes policy choices and provides a basic methodology for understanding a broad range of environmental topics. These include the tragedy of the commons, the importance of incentives and markets, the role of government, property rights, benefit-cost analysis, natural resource use, pollution control, economic growth, international trade, global warming, and biodiversity loss.

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Contents

Introduction More than You Know
1
Unfortunately the Best Things in Life Arent Free How Economists Think
15
Taint What You Do Its the Way that Cha Do It Why Do We Spoil the Environment?
35
Who Will Buy? Weighing the Value of Environmental Goods
53
Lovely to Look At Delightful to Know Preserving Our Natural Resources
67
Where Be the Dragons? The Loss of Biodiversity
83
I Get Along without You Very Well Solving Pollution Problems
95
How High the Sky Acid Rain Ozone Depletion and Global Warming
119
A Worrisome Thing The Environment and Economic Growth
131
Conclusion Im Beginning to See the Light
143
Notes
153
Bibliography and Selected Readings
161
Index
169
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Jeffrey J. Pompe is Professor of Economics at Francis Marion University.

James R. Rinehart is the Phillip N. Truluck Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Francis Marion University, and the coauthor of American Education and the Dynamics of Choice.

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