Production, Growth, and the Environment: An Economic Approach (Paperback)William L. Weber (author)
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Written in a way that facilitates understanding of complex concepts, laws, and policy, Production, Growth, and the Environment: An Economic Approach explores how economic growth usually makes people better off, but also asks at what environmental cost? These costs are not often realized until after the fact, when their remediation is more expensive, and sometimes not reversible. Very few books on environmental economics model the joint production of desirable and undesirable outcomes in any depth. This book fills that void. It discusses the demographic transition and the escape from the Malthusian trap. It also covers the environmental Kuznets curve hypothesis that examines the relation between polluting outputs and economic welfare.
The book integrates environmental valuation methods with the production possibility frontier (PPF) approach. It presents both types of outcomes in a PPF framework that accounts for scarcity and allows the concepts of technical and allocative efficiencies to be introduced and measured. The PPF can then measure technological progress/regress and can be used to measure whether resource use is sustainable over time. It can also be used to determine shadow prices for non-market desirable outputs such as ecological services and non-market undesirable by-products such as SO2, NOx, and CO2 that arise from fossil fuel combustion.
The beauty of the PPF framework is that it can be depicted in simple two-dimensional diagrams that make the concepts easy to understand. The author uses this framework to introduce concepts such as technical efficiency, allocative efficiency, technological progress/regress, shadow pricing, externalities, public goods, pollution taxes, and permits. In addition, each chapter has numerous problems and discussion questions that provide examples and practice in using the introduced theories. The book also includes a chapter that shows how the solver routine in Excel can be used to measure technical and allocative efficiency. This gives you the tools to examine all outcomes and therefore make a decision that takes into account the environmental challenges along with any economic benefits.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 667 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
"I strongly recommend Production, Growth, and the Environment: An Economic Approach as a useful textbook for professors who teach the courses such as environmental economics and ecological economics. This textbook introduces a production possibility frontier framework, which accounts for undesirable (bad) outputs as joint by-products of desirable (good) outputs. This framework allows one to gauge technical efficiency, allocative efficiency, technological change, and shadow prices of bad outputs. Students can learn how the measures of technical and allocative efficiency can be calculated by using the solver routine in EXCEL. Furthermore, numerous examples and questions help students learn how to apply the theory to environmental and ecological issues and problems. Therefore, this is an excellent textbook for junior/senior college students and graduate students who would like to learn environmental economics and environmental science."
-Hirofumi Fukuyama, Faculty of Commerce, Fukuoka University, Japan
"The topics covered in Production, Growth, and the Environment: An Economic Approach reflect Professor Weber's expertise and interests in public economics, production theory, performance in general and especially in the presence of externalities and always as a highly skilled applied economist. This volume is distinguished from the many textbooks in environmental economics by explicitly including state of the art frontier methods of performance measurement when production results in undesirable byproducts-an area in which he has published extensively. This book makes this new material accessible-including real world data and easy to use spreadsheet code and problems, which should prove useful for instructor and students alike."
-Shawna Grosskopf, Professor Emerita, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA
"This book manages to ground a series of timely and compelling environmental problems in rigorous economic theory, in a way that is fresh and engaging. It also provides a much needed production-oriented perspective. This would be an ideal text to use in an advanced undergraduate or master's level course. The numerous well-developed numerical examples and exercise problems also make this an excellent teaching resource."
-Moriah Bostian, Lewis & Clark College
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