A Survey of Current Issues
- New Horizons in Environmental Economics series
Edited by Henk Folmer and Tom Tietenberg
2. Spatial environmental policy Jacqueline Geoghegan and Wayne B. Gray INTRODUCTION Many, if not most, natural resources are inherently spatial in location, quality or both. Consequently, human interactions with those natural resources are also spatial. Therefore, the beneﬁts and costs of human actions will also vary over space, resulting in the need for policy instruments such as taxes, subsidies, tradable permits and other regulations that explicitly recognize this spatial dependence. However, while some subdisciplines of economics such as urban and regional economics have spatial relationships as a central focus of analysis, much of natural resource and environmental economics has been non-spatial. For economic processes that are inherently spatial, ignoring the spatial dimension in analysis is analogous to analysing a dynamic process without knowing the chronological order of events (Irwin and Geoghegan, 2001). Indeed, this dearth of spatial analysis in natural resource and environmental economics was raised by Deacon and colleagues a few years ago in a discussion of research opportunities: ‘The spatial dimension of resource use may turn out to be as important as the exhaustively studied temporal dimension in many contexts. Curiously, the profession is only now beginning to move in this direction’. (Deacon et al., 1998, p. 393). The recognition of the importance of space in economics arguably began with Hotelling (1929), in a model of consumers and producers distributed along a linear market. This model spawned an entire literature in industrial organization on product diﬀerentiation and spatial competition. Spatial analysis was subsequently advanced by the...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.