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Economic Growth and the Environment: An Introduction to the Theory

Clas Eriksson


This book explores the debate on how to reconcile economic growth with protection of the natural environment, and the closely related discussion on whether an increasing scarcity of natural resources will eventually force economic growth to cease. The debate focuses on whether environmental policies will benefit the economy or not, and is divided into growth optimists and growth pessimists. In general, economists have been optimistic and have pointed to the possibilities of technological progress and substitution, yet they also acknowledge that natural resources and environmental concern do re ... More

Keywords: economic growth, natural environment, natural resources, environmental policies, growth optimists, growth pessimists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199663897
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199663897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clas Eriksson, author
Professor in economics at Mälardalen University College, Västerås, Sweden