SpringerBriefs in Economics

The Environment in Economics and Development

Pluralist Extensions of Core Economic Models

Authors: Dayal, Vikram

  • Discusses important problems in developing countries that tend to be neglected, like traditional pollution and livelihoods and the commons
  • Covers diverse perspectives in a simple way, starting with core economic models and then drawing on institutional economics, the social and physical sciences
  • Introduces intriguing issues such as non-linear dynamics and sudden changes in ecological systems, and points out causality issues vital to policy
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This brief views the environment through diverse lenses – those of standard economics, institutional economics, political science, environmental science and ecology. Chapter 2 discusses diverse theoretical and statistical models – constrained optimization models, game theory, differential equations, and statistical models for causal inference – in a simple manner. Developing countries have certain distinct environmental problems – traditional pollution and traditional dependence on the commons. While chapters 3 and 4 discuss these specific problems, statistical graphs of the World Development Indicators explore the macro-context of developing countries in chapter 1. Chapter 5 examines ecological systems, which are nonlinear and unpredictable, and subject to sudden regime shifts. Chapter 6 deals with the global challenges of climate change and biological invasions. The last chapter discusses sustainable development and institutions. The brief explains these topics simply; mathematics is largely confined to an appendix. The broad treatment and simple exposition will appeal to students new to the field of economics. The extension of core economic models in diverse directions will also be of interest to economists looking for a different treatment of the subject.

About the authors

Vikram Dayal is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. He has worked on a range of environmental and developmental issues: from Prosopis juliflora and tigers in Ranthambhore National Park to indoor and outdoor air pollution in Goa, India. He was exposed to these issues while a member of the Hindu College Nature Club and the student group, People’s Environment Group, where he learnt from a range of researchers and academics. His first job was at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), where he interacted with members of think-tanks and government officials from different sectors. He co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Environmental Economics in India with Professor Kanchan Chopra, which was published in 2009. He attended the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis in Bloomington, Indiana as a SANDEE (South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics) Partha Dasgupta Fellow in 2011 and is a member of the Indian Society for Ecological Economics. His current interests are in implementing methodological pluralism, dynamic ecological-economic modelling, institutional enquiry and multilevel modelling.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Environment in Economics and Development
Book Subtitle
Pluralist Extensions of Core Economic Models
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Economics
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-1671-1
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-1671-1
Softcover ISBN
978-81-322-1670-4
Series ISSN
2191-5504
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 84
Number of Illustrations and Tables
54 b/w illustrations
Topics