Evolutionary Thinking in Environmental Economics
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 07-018/3
42 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2007
Date Written: February 2007
Evolutionary and environmental economics have a potentially close relationship. This paper reviews past and identifies potential applications of evolutionary concepts and methods to environmental economics. This covers a number of themes: resource use and ecosystem management; growth and environmental resources; economic and evolutionary progress; and individual behavior and environmental policy. The treatment will cover both biological and economic - including institutional, organizational and technological - evolutionary phenomena. Attention will be drawn to the fact that evolutionary economics shows a surprising neglect of environmental and natural resource factors.
Keywords: Coevolution, economic growth, environmental policy, innovation, progress, self-regulation, renewable resources, resilience, social preferences
JEL Classification: B52, O3, O4, Q2, Q5
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