Edited by Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh
The aim of this handbook is to bring together in a systematic structure advanced but accessible surveys of a wide range of topics in ‘environmental and resource economics’ (E&RE). These are aimed principally at informing environmental economists about recent progress. E&RE has developed into various specialized sub-areas, indicated by the main structure of the book. Many new tools, theories and empirical studies have appeared over the last decade, which are only partly covered by other handbooks, monographs and advanced textbooks. Environmental economists whether involved in teaching, research or management - will want to maintain a grand overview of developments in E&RE, otherwise it is virtually impossible to assess the partiality of particular insights. This has been my main motivation for organizing this handbook. The contributions to the book are generally at an advanced level, beyond the undergraduate textbook level, and require in some cases a certain minimum knowledge of economics or environmental economics. In this sense, the book could act as a useful complement to an advanced textbook in graduate courses. In addition, many chapters can certainly be useful as concise introductions to specific topics in E&RE for a wider group of readers than economists, notably researchers in the natural and social sciences involved in environmental research. Most contributions keep technical discussion to a minimum, focusing instead on a verbal presention of the main ideas and arguments, and complementing these with technical statements only where these are regarded as being essential to the exposition. Without doubt,...
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