Before proceeding let me make it clear that this book is about economics. It is not a study of pollution in Britain — for that the reader should look to such useful works as the Report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution  or Robert Arvill’s Man and Environment . If nothing else, these present much of the available data, the shortage of which is remarkable in itself. The present book is decidedly unempirical. I take it for granted that the reader is aware of the existence of the pollution problem and assume that he is turning to this book to find out what help, if any, economic theory can be in understanding the issues and in providing suggestions for government policy. I hope that what will be found in this little book is an indication of the use and limitations of contemporary economic analysis in an important area of public concern.
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