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Economics of the Environment

Theory and Policy

  • Horst Siebert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Horst Siebert
      Pages 3-6
  3. Static Allocation Aspect

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Horst Siebert
      Pages 27-42
    3. Horst Siebert
      Pages 43-60
    4. Horst Siebert
      Pages 61-90
  4. Environmental-Policy Instruments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Horst Siebert
      Pages 101-117
    3. Horst Siebert
      Pages 119-139
  5. Environmental Allocation in Space

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Horst Siebert
      Pages 151-164
    3. Horst Siebert
      Pages 165-186
  6. Environmental Allocation in Time and Under Uncertainty

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Horst Siebert
      Pages 189-205
    3. Horst Siebert
      Pages 207-220
    4. Horst Siebert
      Pages 221-238
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 239-276

About this book

Introduction

"The labor of nature is paid, not because she does little. In proportion as she becomes niggardly in her gifts, she exacts a greater price for her work. Where she is munificently benefi­ cient, she always works gratis. " David Ricardo * This book interprets nature and the environment as a scarce resource. Whereas in the past people lived in a paradise of environmental superabundance, at present environmental goods and services are no longer in ample supply. The environ­ ment fulfills many functions for the economy: it serves as a public-consumption good, as a provider of natural resources, and as receptacle of wastes. These dif­ ferent functions compete with each other. Releasing more pollutants into the environment reduces environmental quality, and a better environmental quality implies that the environment's use as a receptacle of wastes has to be restrained. Consequently, environmental disruption and environmental use are by nature allocation problems. This is the basic message of this book. If a resources is scarce and if a zero price is charged for its use, then misal­ location will result. The environment as a receptacle of wastes is heavily over­ used, and consequently environmental quality declines. Scarcity requires a price. This book analyzes how this price should be set, whether a correct price can be established through the market mechanism, and what role the government should play. The book offers a theoretical study of the allocation problem and describes different policy approaches to the environmental problem.

Keywords

Envirnomental Economics Umwelt Umweltpolitik Umweltökonomie allocation theory environment environmental economics environmental policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Horst Siebert
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehrstuhl für internationale WirtschaftsbeziehungenUniversität KonstanzKonstanz 1Federal Republic of Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-02517-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-02519-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-02517-8
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