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The Impacts of Biofuels on the Economy, Environment, and Poverty

A Global Perspective

  • Govinda R. Timilsina
  • David Zilberman

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Govinda R. Timilsina, Ashish Shrestha
    Pages 1-14
  3. Jay J. Cheng, Govinda R. Timilsina, David Zilberman
    Pages 15-31
  4. Miguel A. Carriquiry, Xiaodong Du, Govinda R. Timilsina
    Pages 33-46
  5. Gal Hochman, Deepak Rajagopal, Govinda R. Timilsina, David Zilberman
    Pages 47-64
  6. Govinda R. Timilsina
    Pages 65-77
  7. Caesar B. Cororaton, Govinda R. Timilsina
    Pages 79-89
  8. Jevgenijs Steinbuks, Govinda R. Timilsina
    Pages 91-102
  9. Govinda R. Timilsina
    Pages 103-110
  10. Govinda R. Timilsina, Simon Mevel
    Pages 111-122
  11. Govinda R. Timilsina, Stefan Csordás, Simon Mevel
    Pages 123-129
  12. David Zilberman, Scott Kaplan, Gal Hochman, Deepak Rajagopal
    Pages 131-144

About this book


Interest in biofuels began with oil shocks in the 1970’s, but the more rapid development and consumption of biofuel industry in recent years has been primarily driven by mandates, subsidies, climate change concerns, emissions targets and energy security. From 2004 to 2006, fuel ethanol grew by 26% and biodiesel grew by 172%. As biofuel production continues to expand, investments in capacity expansion and research and development have been made. The 2008 food crisis emphasized the need to re-examine biofuel consequences. Biofuels remain an important renewable energy resource to substitute for fossil fuels, particularly in the transportation sector, yet biofuels’ success is still uncertain. The future of biofuels in the energy supply mix relies on mitigating potential and improving the environmental gains. This book brings together leading authorities on biofuel from the World Bank to examine all of the impacts of biofuel (economic, social, environmental) within a unified framework and in a global perspective, making it of interest to academics in agricultural and environmental economics as well as industry and policy-makers.


Alternative fuels Biofuels Climate change Fossil fuel Greenhouse gas Oil crisis

Editors and affiliations

  • Govinda R. Timilsina
    • 1
  • David Zilberman
    • 2
  1. 1.The World BankWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Agricultural & Resource EconomicsUniversity of California, Berkeley College of Natural ResourcesBerkeleyUSA

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