Evolutionary Thinking in Environmental Economics

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 07-018/3

42 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2007

See all articles by Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh

Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

van den Bergh, Jeroen C.J.M., Evolutionary Thinking in Environmental Economics (February 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=962313 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.962313

Jeroen C.J.M. Van den Bergh (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Department of Spatial Economics ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Faculty of Economics and Econometrics
1081HV Amsterdam
Netherlands

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