Sustainability: Dynamics and Uncertainty by Graciela ChichilniskySustainability: Dynamics and Uncertainty by Graciela Chichilnisky

Sustainability: Dynamics and Uncertainty

byGraciela ChichilniskyEditorGeoffrey Heal, A. Vercelli

Paperback | October 26, 2012

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of ecological (also biological) variables b which interact in their dynamic t evolution: det dbt dt = f (et, bt)' dt = 9 (et, bt)- Among the solution paths to this interaction between economic and ecologi­ cal variables, we look for those which are sustainable. Sustainable paths are typically those along which the values of certain key stocks are always pos­ itive, these key stocks being important environmental resources. The types of paths on which certain variables can be positive forever include station­ ary solutions with appropriate positivity conditions, or limit cycles or chaotic attractors satisfying the same positivity conditions. These paths, and the paths which approach them, constitute the set of sustainable paths. From amongst these we have to choose one or more which are in some sense the best. Note that rather than imposing positivity of certain stocks in the long run as a condition for sustainability, we would prefer to derive this as a characteristic of optimal solutions from more fundamental judgements about the valuation of stocks and flows: this is the route pursued by the papers in this volume. The introductory paper by Heal in Section I reviews these matters in gen­ eral terms, not going into technical details: it discusses the precedents for a concept of sustainability in welfare economics, and reviews alternative opti­ mality concepts and their connection to sustainability.
Title:Sustainability: Dynamics and UncertaintyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:335 pagesPublished:October 26, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9401060517

ISBN - 13:9789401060516


Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction. 1st Section: Overview. Interpreting Sustainability; G. Heal. Global Environmental Risks; G. Chichilnisky, G. Heal. 2nd Section: Dynamics. Sustainable Use of Renewable Resources; A. Beltratti, et al. North South Trade and the Dynamics of the Environment; R. Abraham, et al. Trade, Migration and the Environment: A General Equilibrium Analysis; G. Chichilnisky, M. Di Matteo. A Simple Model of Optimal Sustainable Growth; G. Cazzavillan, I. Musu. Environmental Externalities, Disconnected Generations and Policy; G. Marini, P. Scaramozzino. Stochastic Sustainability; M.P. Tucci. Sustainability of Economics Development and th Freedom of Future Generations (ex `The Sustainability of Economics Development and the Freedom of Future Generations); A. Vercelli. 3rd Section: Uncertainty. Hard Uncertainty and Environmental Policy; A. Vercelli. Environmental Option Values, Uncertainty Aversion and Learning; M. Basili, A. Vercelli. Environmental Bonds: A Critical Assessment; L. Torsello, A. Vercelli. Uncertain Future Preferences and Conservation; G. Heal, et al. Catastrophe Futures: Financial Markets and Changing Climate Risks; G. Chichilnisky, G. Heal. Stochastic Sustainability in the Presence of Unknown Parameters; M.P. Tucci. Climate Change and Emission Permits; A. Beltratti. Index.

Editorial Reviews

`Overall, this is an important volume. ... a fascinating collection of essays which have strong and coherent themes running through them. The whole volume is to be highly recommended.'
Journal of Economics, 68:2 (1998)