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|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Price, principle, and the environment /|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press,|
|ISBN||0521837235; 9780521837231; 052154596X; 9780521545969|
|Subjects||Environmental economics. ; Environmental policy. ; Milieueconomie. ; Milieubeleid.|
|Collation||x, 284 pages ; 24 cm|
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-279) and index.
Zuckerman's dilemma: an introduction. -- At the monument to General Meade or On the difference between beliefs and benefits. -- Should preferences count? -- Value in use and in exchange or What does willingness to pay measure? -- The philosophical common sense of pollution. -- On the value of wild ecosystems. -- Carrying capacity and ecological economics. -- Cows are better than condos or How economists help solve environmental problems. -- The view from Quincy Library or Civic engagement in environmental problem solving. "This book argues that while economic theory can inform the design of institutions and processes for settling disputes, it cannot measure the value of environmental goods. Environmental economics fails as a science of valuation because preference-satisfaction, its normative basis, has no relation to any value not trivially defined in terms of it. It fails because preferences cannot be observed but must be inferred from arbitrary descriptions of behavior. It fails because market prices are settled largely on the supply side and thus do not correlate with consumer benefits. Maximum willingness to pay represents a conceptual will-o'-the-wisp about which people have no estimate even for ordinary purchases. It fails because economists have no better information then market players and thus cannot second-guess or "correct" market outcomes. The books contends that environmental policy turns not on preferences revealed to economists but on principles that are identified and applied through deliberative political processes." "Students and professionals in environmental studies, whether in law, philosophy, politics, or science, along with informed readers generally, will find that this book thoroughly debunks economic valuation and explains the normative foundations of environmental policy."--Jacket.