Category Archives: Environment (general)

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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Improving on GDP

The winning entries for the Indigo Prize highlight both the importance of improving economic statistics and some of the challenges of doing so. The launch of the Indigo Prize by LetterOne is a welcome initiative which recognises both the limitations … Continue reading

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A Valuation Case Study: the Great Barrier Reef

A valuation of the Great Barrier Reef illustrates many common issues in the economics of environmental valuation. A recent report by Deloitte Access Economics (1) estimates the asset value of the Great Barrier Reef at A$56 billion (2).  This is … Continue reading

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Energy and Environment in China

Arthur Kroeber’s book on China’s economy includes an excellent section on energy but a rather selective account of its environmental issues. Arthur Kroeber’s book China’s Economy in Oxford University Press’s What Everyone Needs to Know series (1) deserves a wide … Continue reading

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