Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-4698-1 • Hardback • April 2007 • $115.00 • (£88.00)
978-0-7425-7847-0 • eBook • April 2007 • $30.00 • (£22.99)
Philip E. Graves is professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has been teaching environmental economics for thirty years and is the co-author of The Economics of Environmental Quality (Norton, 1986) and Intermediate Microeconomics (Harcourt, 1988).
Part 1 Part I: Economics Background—Why Economists Like Benefit-Cost Analysis
Chapter 2 1 Introductory Matters of Logic and Philosophy
Chapter 3 2 Why Economists Like Market Outcomes for Ordinary Goods
Chapter 4 3 Benefit-Cost Analysis when Information Is "Perfect": The Role of Time in Environmental Economic Decisions
Part 5 Part II: "Missing Markets": Externalities, Public Goods, and Property Rights
Chapter 6 4 Externalities as "Missing Markets"
Chapter 7 5 Public Goods as "Missing Markets"
Chapter 8 6 Property Rights as a Potential Solution to Environmental Problems
Part 9 Part III: Important Theoretical Problems with Implementing Benefit-Cost Analysis
Chapter 10 7 The Well-Known "Demand Revelation" Problem Out of a Given Income
Chapter 11 8 A Less-Well-Known "Supply Revelation" Problem
Part 12 Part IV: Practical Problems with the Implementation of Benefit-Cost Analysis
Chapter 13 9 Approaches to Estimating the Costs of Environmental Control Policies
Chapter 14 10 Overview of Approaches to the Valuation of Benefits of Environmental Policies
Chapter 15 11 Voting as a Way to Infer Environmental Benefits
Chapter 16 12 Constructed Markets: Stated Preferences and Experiments to Infer Environmental Benefits
Chapter 17 13 The Sum of Specific Damages Approach
Chapter 18 14 Hedonic Methods of Valuing Environmental Amenities
Chapter 19 15 Travel Cost Method of Valuing Environmental Amenities
Chapter 20 16 Political and Jurisdictional Problems
Part 21 Epilogue
Graves' economics book takes a critical look at the benefit-cost analysis of environmental issues. This well-written, teaching-style book has excellent coverage of the applicable theory and methodology, and serves as a good primer for advanced undergraduates and practitioners with some economics background.
— Robert A. Simons, Ph.D, Professor, Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University
Philip Graves provides a lucid account of contemporary environmental economics that is not only interesting but also goes beyond the conventional wisdom on the subject. Therefore, both beginning students and seasoned researchers in the field will find this book to be of considerable value.
— Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology