Ecological Economics: Principles And Applications

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Island Press, 2004 - 454 עמודים
Conventional economics is often criticized for failing to reflect adequately the value of clean air and water, species diversity, and social and generational equity. By excluding biophysical and social systems from their analyses, many conventional economists overlook problems of the increasing scale of human impacts and the inequitable distribution of resources. Ecological Economics is an introductory-level textbook for an emerging paradigm that addresses this flaw in much economic thought. The book defines a revolutionary "transdiscipline" that incorporates insights from the biological, physical, and social sciences, and it offers a pedagogically complete examination of this exciting new field. It provides students with a foundation in traditional neoclassical economic thought, but places that foundation within a new interdisciplinary framework that embraces the linkages among economic growth, environmental degradation, and social inequity. Introducing the three core issues that are the focus of the new transdiscipline -- scale, distribution, and efficiency -- the book is guided by the fundamental question, often assumed but rarely spoken in traditional texts: What is really important to us? After explaining the key roles played by the earth's biotic and abiotic resources in sustaining life, the text is then organized around the main fields in traditional economics: microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics. The book also takes an additional step of considering the policy implications of this line of thinking. Ecological Economics includes numerous features that make it accessible to a wide range of students: more than thirty text boxes that highlight issues of special importance to students lists of key terms that help students organize the main points in each chapter concise definitions of new terms that are highlighted in the text for easy reference study questions that encourage student exploration beyond the text glossary and list of further readings An accompanying workbook presents an innovative, applied problem-based learning approach to teaching economics. While many books have been written on ecological economics, and several textbooks describe basic concepts of the field, this is the only stand-alone textbook that offers a complete explanation of both theory and practice. It will serve an important role in educating a new generation of economists and is an invaluable new text for undergraduate and graduate courses in ecological economics, environmental economics, development economics, human ecology, environmental studies, sustainability science, and community development.
 

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This is an excellent textbook. The hardest part for me was when he talks about traditional economics, which was new to me, but it was clearly explained and did not require a lot of math. There are, however, a LOT of new concepts. קרא סקירה מלאה

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AN INTRODUCTION TO ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS i
3
The Fundamental Vision
15
Ends Means and Policy
37
Abiotic Resources
77
Biotic Resources
93
From Empty World to Full World 111
111
The Basic Market Equation
125
Supply and Demand
141
Distribution
259
The 1SLM Model
277
International Trade
309
Globalization
323
International Flows and Macroeconomic Policy
343
General Policy Design Principles
359
Sustainable Scale
373
Just Distribution
389

Market Failures
157
Market Failures and Abiotic Resources
185
Market Failures and Biotic Resources
201
GNP and Welfare
223
Money
245
Efficient Allocation
405
Looking Ahead
425
Suggested Readings
443
Index 1449
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מידע על המחבר (2004)

Joshua Farley is assistant professor in Community Development and Applied Economics and research assistant professor at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Resource Management and Environmental Studies at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Herman E. Daly is professor at the University of Maryland, School of Public Affairs. From 1988 to 1994 he was senior economist in the environment department of the World Bank. Prior to 1988 he was Alumni Professor of Economics at Louisiana State University, where he taught economics for twenty years. His books include Steady-State Economics (Freeman, 1977; second edition, Island Press, 1991); For the Common Good (with John Cobb, Beacon, 1989), and Beyond Growth (Beacon, 1996). In 1996, he received the Heineken Prize for Environmental Science awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel Prize.

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