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Environment and Development : An Economic Approach - Jan Bojo

Environment and Development

An Economic Approach

By: Jan Bojo

Hardcover Published: 31st July 1992
ISBN: 9780792318781
Number Of Pages: 214

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This book is the second, revised, edition of a text based on a report commissioned by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). The main purposes of this book are:

  • to discuss the causes of environmental degradation from an economic perspective;
  • to provide a conceptual framework for the organization of information in order to enhance environmental decision making;
  • to provide an overview of economic methods that can assist in the evaluation of environmental costs and benefits;
  • to give examples of applications of the theoretical methods described.
Policy failures are often overlooked as an obstacle to efficient environmental management. Although the main emphasis in this book is on project level analysis, it is essential that such analyses be linked to an understanding of the (dis)incentives for environmental improvements that general economic and particular environmental policies provide. Another essential feature of the book is formed by the links provided between theory and empirical illustrations. It is hoped that these will illustrate the practical usefulness, as well as the difficulties, of applying economics to environmental problems. This new edition has been extended to include a chapter on management of environmental resources and environmental policy instruments. The chapter also includes a discussion on common property resources, a subject which was only briefly dealt with in the first edition of the book. Two case studies concerning policy failures have been added to the last chapter of the book.

Summaryp. 1
Introductionp. 13
Backgroundp. 13
Sustainable Developmentp. 14
Disposition and Delimitationsp. 19
Distortions in the Economic System and the Need for Economic Analysisp. 23
The "Bench-mark" Economyp. 23
Market Failuresp. 24
Policy Failuresp. 29
Summaryp. 37
General Equilibrium Analysis and National Accountingp. 39
General Equilibrium Analysisp. 39
National Income Accounting and Environmental Resourcesp. 40
Aggregate Welfare Measuresp. 48
Natural Resource Accounting and Computable General Equilibrium Modelsp. 53
Economic Analysis of Environmental Consequencesp. 57
Major Steps in CBAp. 57
Valuation Approachesp. 71
Complementary and Other Methodsp. 80
Criticism against CBAp. 82
Management of Environmental Resources and Environmental Policyp. 84
Introductionp. 84
Common Property Resourcesp. 84
Air and Water Pollutionp. 89
International Economic Problemsp. 107
Case Studiesp. 125
Agricultural Projectsp. 128
Forestry Project - Nepal Hill Forest Development Projectp. 151
Integrated Environmental Project - Environmental Protection in the Philippinesp. 156
Recreation and Forestry - Preservation of Mountain Forests - The Vala Valley in Swedenp. 163
Air Pollutionp. 166
Water Pollution - Water Quality Management in Thailandp. 177
Environmental Degradation and Policy Failuresp. 180
Bibliographyp. 194
Indexp. 209
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ISBN: 9780792318781
ISBN-10: 0792318781
Series: Economy and Environment
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 31st July 1992
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised