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Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics

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Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics


The Economics of Non-Market Goods and Resources, Band 10

von: Lucas Bretschger, Sjak Smulders

CHF 176.50

Verlag: Springer
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 19.07.2007
ISBN/EAN: 9781402062933
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 229

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<P>The chapters in the book cover a broad range of aspects regarding the relationship between natural resource use and long-term economic development. The book surveys existing literature as well as adds to frontier research. In particular, the following topics are studied: incentives for adoption and diffusion of clean technology, resource scarcity and limits to growth, international convergence of energy intensity, and the social norms shaping resource depletion.</P>
This volume includes a selection of papers presented at the conference “Susta- able Resource Use and Economic Dynamics” (SURED), held on Monte Verita ` in Ascona, Switzerland, in June 2004. Thirty years after the publication of the famous symposium issue of the Review of Economic Studies in 1974, which started the neoclassical literature on growth theory and resource economics. The conference sought to reinforce research efforts in order to provide adequate solutions for today’s challenges in the ?eld of sustainable development. The c- ference compiled innovative research from resource, energy and environmental economics, and dynamic economic theory. By bringing together leading experts, junior and senior scholars in these ?elds, it covered a broad range of aspects regarding the relationship between natural resource use and long-term economic development. The SURED conference made use of the wonderful surroundings on the “mountain of truth” and the remarkable history of the conference centre, which was shaped by the desire to return to a natural way of life. In this tradition, the conference aimed at ?nding ways of living in an economically developed world and at the same time taking into account the natural environment with its restr- tions and requirements. We take the opportunity to thank the staff of the Monte Verita ` centre for the hospitality and the excellent service.
Preface. List of contributors. 1. Introduction; Lucas Bretschger and Sjak Smulders, 2. A Dynamic Model of the Environmental Kuznets Curve: Turning Point and Public Policy; Hannes Egli and Thomas M. Steger, 3. Optimal Timing of Adoption of a Green Technology; Maria A. Cunha-e-Sá and Ana B. Reis, 4. Can environmental regulations boost growth?; Rob Hart, 5. General Purpose Technologies And Energy Policy; Adriaan van Zon and Tobias Kronenberg, 6. Efficient dynamic pollution taxation in an uncertain environment; Susanne Soretz, 7. A New-Growth Perspective on Non-renewable Resources; Christian Groth, 8. Sectoral Energy- and Labour-Productivity Convergence; P. Mulder and H.L.F. de Groot, 9. Spatial evolution of social norms in a common-pool resource game; Joëlle Noailly, Cees A. Withagen and Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh, 10. Sustainable Motion in Classical Mechanics: An Economics Perspective, John M. Hartwick.
<P>30 years after the publication of the famous symposium issue of the Review of Economic Studies, which started the neoclassical literature on growth theory and resource economics, this volume seeks to reinforce research efforts in order to provide adequate solutions for today’s challenges in the field of sustainable development. It compiles innovative current research from resource, energy and environmental economics and dynamic economic theory. It contains both new approaches as well as detailed surveys of the existing literature.</P>
<P>The chapters in the book cover a broad range of aspects regarding the relationship between natural resource use and long-term economic development. In particular, the following topics are studied: incentives for adoption and diffusion of clean technology, resource scarcity and limits to growth, international convergence of energy intensity, and the social norms shaping resource depletion.</P>
<P>The topic of this volume is of high interest with regard to the future development of the world economy. In the past two centuries, many countries experienced an unprecedented increase in living standards. At the same time, pollution of the environment increased while the stock of worldwide natural resources declined. Consequently, the concern that environmental restrictions, especially the bounded supply of natural resources end energies, will limit economic development in the long run is widespread. Most prominently, it has been expressed in the prediction of ‘limits to growth’ by the Club of Rome in the 1970s. Today, the notion of ‘sustainable growth’ is widely accepted as a main principle in the theoretical and political discussion. But a general consensus on the consequences for the use of natural capital has still to be established. This holds true not only for economics, but also for interdisciplinary research programs and the public debate. Therefore, more research should be directed at finding and establishing the rules for a world society which is intrinsically compatible with its natural environment.</P>
<P>What does sustainability mean for resource and energy use, what are the economist’s predictions for the impact of natural resource use on the welfare of future generations? The different contributions in the present volume shed light on important subjects related to these fundamental questions.</P>
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<P>Chapters&nbsp;2, 3, 6, 8&nbsp;and&nbsp;9 are reprinted from <EM>Environmental &amp; Resource Economics</EM>, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2007.</P>
<P>Most recent approaches to modelling technological change and pollution</P>
<P>Surveys existing literature as well as adds to frontier research</P>
<P>Provides both theoretical and empirical perspectives</P>

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