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Main Title You can't eat GNP : economics as if ecology mattered /
Author Davidson, Eric A.
Publisher Perseus Pub.,
Year Published 2000
OCLC Number 44020216
ISBN 0738204870; 9780738204871; 0738202762; 9780738202761
Subjects Environmental economics ; Sustainable development ; Human ecology--Economic aspects ; Humanèokologie ; Nachhaltige Entwicklung ; Nachhaltigkeit ; Umweltèokonomie ; Wirtschaft
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Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
EJBM  HC79.E5D345 2000 Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 02/14/2003
EKCM  HC79.E5D345 2000 CEMM/GEMMD Library/Gulf Breeze,FL 09/30/2021
ELBM  HC79.E5D349 2000 AWBERC Library/Cincinnati,OH 06/15/2015
ERAM  HC79.E5D345 2000 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 12/01/2000
Collation xvi, 247 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"A Merloyd Lawrence book." Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-236).
Contents Notes
Whence comes wealth? : three fallacies about economics versus the environment -- Richland for dirt cheap : two views of the value of soil -- The price is wrong : advantages and dangers of cost-benefit analysis -- Future shock discounted : another devil in the details of cost-benefit analysis -- Internalizing the externalities : buying a bunch of blue sky to limit global warming -- Global garbage : Malthus revisited -- In search of sustainability : from small landholders to macroeconomists -- Fill the earth and conquer it, but keep two of each species : can both imperatives be achieved? -- May we live in interesting times : some modest proposals for profound changes. Most estimates of wealth today are based upon gross domestic product, and many economists even see future wealth being created free of the constraints set by natural resources. Eric Davidson, scientist at the Woods Hole Research Center, calls such thinking "Marie Antoinette economics" and reveals its grave underlying fallacies. In valuing land or forests, for instance, we tend to discount their future value for our own children; in analyzing costs and benefits, the price of these natural resources upon which we ultimately depend is usually wrong; and damages to these resources are seen as "externalities." Davidson exposes these fallacies and offers a blueprint for a truly sustainable economy.