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Environmental Economics: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen Smith

September 2011

ISBN: 9780199583584

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Environmental economics can be controversial, but it is also central to some key policy issues facing governments and society today, including industrial pollution, global warming, and waste/recycling. Stephen Smith looks at how economic activity affects the environment in which we live, and how environmental policies can most effectively be used.

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Environmental economics can be controversial, but it is also central to some key policy issues facing governments and society today, including industrial pollution, global warming, and waste/recycling. Stephen Smith looks at how economic activity affects the environment in which we live, and how environmental policies can most effectively be used.

  • A concise look at how the economic approach to the environment fits together
  • Ideal for readers interested in the world in which we live and the relationship between economic activity and the environment
  • Considers the potential for environmental policy to improve our quality of life
  • Includes topical issues and examples of environmental economic principles throughout the world
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Stephen Smith, Professor of Economics, University College London

Stephen Smith is a Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL), and Executive Dean of the UCL Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences. He began his career as a member of the UK Government Economic Service at the Department of Trade and Industry, and then, from 1985 to 1997, worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), a London-based research institute specializing in the economics of taxation and public policy.. His research covers various topics in the economics of tax policy and environmental economics. He is the author of Britain's Shadow Economy, (OUP, 1986), and a series of research reports and academic papers. He has recently co-authored papers on VAT and on Environmental Taxation for the IFS-sponsored Mirrlees Review, a fundamental review of the UK tax system, which reported in 2010. He is a member of the DEFRA Academic Panel on Environmental Economics, and has acted as a consultant to a number of government departments and international organisations.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The economy and the environment
    2:The economic theory of efficient pollution control
    3:Environmental policy: instrument choice
    4:Economic information and values in environmental policy decisions
    5:The economics of climate change
    Further Reading
    References
    Index