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Environmental and Natural Resource Economics:
A Contemporary Approach
by Jonathan Harris & Brian Roach

Third Edition available
See Table of Contents and sample chapters:
Chapter 8: National Income & Environmental Accounting
Chapter 17: Greening the Economy
Four chapters available in French

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This text by Jonathan M. Harris and Brian Roach introduces the student to the expanding field of ecological economics. Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach balances coverage of standard environmental economics topics with a global perspective on current ecological issues such as population growth, global climate change, "green" national income accounting, and the relationship between trade and the environment.

The third edition of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach (M.E. Sharpe, 2013) maintains its essential focus on making environmental issues accessible to a broad range of students. New material in the third edition includes:

  • A new chapter on water economics including analysis of water demand management, water pricing, and water privatization
  • A new chapter on the relationship between environmental protection and the economy including analysis of decoupling output from resource and energy inputs, and policies to promote a green economy
  • New material on “green” national income accounting, including Adjusted Net Savings, the Genuine Progress Indicator, the Better Life Index, and environmental asset accounts
  • New scientific evidence on climate change and a new chapter on global climate change policy, including technological potential, abatement costs, and proposals for an Earth Atmospheric Trust and Greenhouse Development Rights

All data series have been updated to reflect recent trends. New appendices have been added to chapters dealing with formal analysis, providing greater depth in analytical techniques.

About the Authors

Praise for Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach:

“The book is simply great! It is really one of a kind. It fills an important need in the field, which will become more and more important in the future, no doubt – integrating standard environmental economics and ecological economics. The book is very clear, very informative, flows very well, and indeed is written as a very interesting and fascinating story. The students like it. The additional materials that come with the book are also very good. In short, job well done!”

-- Rafael Reuveny, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University

“An important achievement. This is a carefully crafted textbook that should appeal to students from the natural sciences, as well as those from economics and other social sciences. The text covers a number of important topics that most texts neglect, including agricultural sustainability, the relationship between trade and the environment, and the role of local and national institutions in promoting environment-friendly development. The tone of the book is formal yet friendly, and the layout of text, tables, and figures is top notch. Each chapter includes numerous useful links to material on the worldwide web. This book should prove popular with students and instructors alike.”

-- Gerald Shively, Purdue University

“I think that you have written the perfect introductory text covering environmental and natural resource economics. The production is first-rate - very clear and uncluttered, excellent diagrams and examples, well thought put discussion questions and problems. The choice and sequence of topics is excellent and you have provided for the right balance between the neoclassical and ecological approaches. It is a most appealing text.”

-- Prof. Steven Kemp, Curtin University, Australia

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