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Main Title Evaluation of economic benefits of resource conservation /
Author Anderson, Robert C.
CORP Author Environmental Law Inst., Washington, DC.;Municipal Environmental Research Lab., Cincinnati, OH.
Publisher Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Municipal Environmental Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1978
Report Number EPA-600/5-78-015; EPA-R-803880
Stock Number PB-286 973
OCLC Number 04397434
ISBN pbk.
Subjects Conservation of natural resources--Economic aspects. ; Recycling (Waste, etc.)--Economic aspects.
Additional Subjects Economic analysis ; Conservation ; Natural resources ; Marketing ; Prices ; Supply(Economics) ; Demand(Economics) ; Materials recovery ; Extraction ; Taxes ; Optimization ; Mining ; Government policies ; Value ; Raw materials ; Solid waste disposal ; Leasing ; Mineral economics ; Market value ; Natural resource conservation ; Waste recycling ; Secondary materials industry ; Material shortages
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-5-78-015 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 01/06/2014
EJBD  EPA 600-5-78-015 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 02/18/2014
EKBD  EPA-600/5-78-015 Research Triangle Park Library/RTP, NC 10/02/2003
NTIS  PB-286 973 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation vii, 43 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
The forces that determine prices of non-renewable natural resources are an important consideration in an evaluation of the social desirability of conservation through recycling. If prevailing market prices accord conservation benefits a value less than their true value to society, the prices are suboptimal and the solution may require governmental support of resource recovery and recycling. A comprehensive review of the literature on natural resource economics reveals that numerous external forces can cause divergencies between the socially optimal prices and the prices that are actually determined in the market place. The forces act in varying directions and with varying intensities over time. It is, however, difficult to establish with any degree of precision the magnitude or even the direction of bias given to the prices acting on supply and demand. Moreover, the socially optimal level of resource conservation is likely to be viewed differently by individuals of different generations.
"September 1978." "Grant No. R803880-01-1." "Project Officer, Oscar Albrecht, Solid and Hazardous Waste Research Division." Includes bibliographical references (pages 29-34).