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Pollution and Pollution Control Through an Economic Lens

  • Randall BluffstoneEmail author
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Part of the Handbook of Global Environmental Pollution book series (EGEP, volume 1)

Abstract

This chapter examines the drivers and incentives behind pollution emissions and pollution control. Ecosystem services tend to be produced from common pool resources, which are depletable and difficult to exclude users from, rather than other classes of resources. These characteristics are some of the main reasons we have such trouble managing valuable natural resources. Recognizing that strong incentives exist to degrade environmental resources and also free-ride off those who protect them is therefore a key starting point for improving environmental protection.

Keywords

Common pool resources Public goods Pollution Pollution control Economic instruments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA

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