Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment

Paperback | September 30, 2004

byPartha Dasgupta

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In Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment, Partha Dasgupta explores ways to measure the quality of life. In developing quality-of-life indices, he pays particular attention to the natural environment, illustrating how it can be incorporated, more generally, into economic reasoning in aseamless manner. Professor Dasgupta puts the theory that he develops to use in extended commentaries on the economics of population, poverty traps, global warming, structural adjustment programmes, and free trade, particularly in relation to poor countries. The result is a treatise that goes beyondquality-of-life measures and offers a comprehensive account of the newly emergent subject of ecological economics.With the publication of this new paperback edition, Professor Dasgupta has taken the opportunity to update and revise his text in a number of ways, including developments to facilitate its current use on a number of gradate courses in environmental and resource economics. The treatment of thewelfare economics of imperfect economies has been developed using new findings, and the Appendix has been expanded to include applications of the theory to a number of institutions, and to develop approximate formulae for estimating the value of environmental natural resources.

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In Human Well-Being and the Natural Environment, Partha Dasgupta explores ways to measure the quality of life. In developing quality-of-life indices, he pays particular attention to the natural environment, illustrating how it can be incorporated, more generally, into economic reasoning in aseamless manner. Professor Dasgupta puts the ...

Partha Dasgupta is the Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge. A Past President of the Royal Economic Society and of the European Economic Association, Professor Dasgupta is a Fellow of the British Academy, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, For...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.81 inPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199267197

ISBN - 13:9780199267194

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Summary and GuideIntroduction: Means and EndsI Valuing and EvaluatingPrologue1. The Notion of Well-Being*1. Ordering Social States2. Why Measure Well-Being?3. Constituents and Determinants of Well-BeingII Measuring Current Well-BeingPrologue4. Theory5. Current Quality of Life in Poor CountriesIII Measuring Well-Being over TimePrologue6. Intergenerational Well-Being*6. Intergenerational Conflicts7. Economic Institutions and the Natural Environment8. Valuing Goods9. Wealth and Well-BeingIV Evaluating Policies in Imperfect EconomiesPrologue10. Policy Reforms11. Discounting Future Consumption: How and Why12. Institutional Responses to Policy ChangeV Valuing Potential LivesPrologue13. Some Views14. Classical Utilitarianism and the Genesis Problem*14. Numbers and Well-Being under Classical Utilitarianism15. Actual versus Potential Lives*15. Generation-Relative UtilitarianismAppendix

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`highly recommended for policy makers and students of environment and development notably those with an interest in collective action. International donors and multilateral banks with a large portfolio of projects in the water and forestry sectors could also benefit immensely from some of theinsights this book provides'Development and Change