Environment and Natural Resources

  • Eoin McLaughlin
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


This chapter provides a long-run perspective on environmental and resource economics. The issues discussed include resource depletion, pollution, climate change and the intergenerational relationship between sustainability and future well-being. Important lessons are drawn by comparing historical settings and contemporary development economics that together demonstrate fundamental environmental challenges.

JEL Classification

Q50 Q51 Q56 N50 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eoin McLaughlin
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  1. 1.University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK

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