Category Archives: Environment (general)

An Unnecessary Book on Environmental Economics?

In the internet age, a collection of fine articles may not make a worthwhile book. Edward Elgar Publishing have recently published a seventh edition of Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings (1), a collection of 34 articles on a wide … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on this Blog

When I started this blog in 2012, I considered – having looked at many other blogs – that posts should be short and frequent, and my early posts were all well below 1,000 words.  But it gradually became apparent that … Continue reading

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Housing, Countryside and Economic Welfare

If we can value ecosystem services, then the “housing v countryside” debate can be treated as an optimisation problem. Cities often expand laterally to provide housing for an increasing population. This usually involves a loss of surrounding farmland, woodland, wetlands … Continue reading

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Explaining Environmental Policy Failure

A proposed new approach to environmental policy fails to convince. Why Environmental Policies Fail by Jan Laitos is a curious book (1). Its subject is certainly important, and it’s hard to disagree strongly with the bleak picture it presents of … Continue reading

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