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How Do Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Texts Deal with the Simple Model of the Intertemporal Allocation of a Nonrenewable Resource?

14 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2008  

Robert S. Main

Butler University - College of Business Administration

Date Written: January 15, 2008

Abstract

Textbooks in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics invariably deal with the problem of allocating a non-renewable resource over time. The simplest version of that problem is the case of a resource that is to be allocated over two periods. The resource has a constant Marginal Extraction Cost (MEC). Most textbooks treat this case before moving on to more complex and realistic cases. This paper suggests the results that should be emphasized and the method that should be used to arrive at those results. It also points out the possible confusions that should be avoided. Finally, it examines how several well-known textbooks treat this issue.

JEL Classification: Q30

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Main, Robert S., How Do Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Texts Deal with the Simple Model of the Intertemporal Allocation of a Nonrenewable Resource? (January 15, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1084142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1084142

Robert S. Main (Contact Author)

Butler University - College of Business Administration ( email )

Indianapolis, IN 46208
317-940-9528 (Phone)

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