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Environmental Economics

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"We have all been waiting for a first-rate textbook on environmental economics. Charles Kolstad's excellent new book was worth the wait."--William D. Nordhaus, Yale University

"Kolstad's new book is a treasury of economic analytical concepts and tools used to study environmental problems and design institutional responses to them. It fills a critical gap and will be highly valued by advanced undergraduates and graduate students."--David Bradford, Princeton University

"This book will serve an important market niche. Because it focuses only on environmental economics rather than the larger field of environmental and resource economics, it does a better job of thoroughly covering the topics. It provides a rigorous, yet accessible treatment of many topics that are not satisfactorily covered in current environmental economics books."--Catherine L. Kling, Iowa State University

"The treatment is thorough, clear, and concise. It differs from other texts in the field by including a more detailed coverage of valuation methods, legal liability, and asymmetric information. It fills a particular niche in the market for undergraduate texts."--Charles Perrings, The University of York

"There are hardly any textbooks available with this focus that can be used effectively for undergraduate teaching. This book fills a void in the textbooks currently available in the market on environmental economics for upper-level undergraduate students."--Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Kolstad fulfills his promise of providing a solid and comprehensive treatment of environmental economics for upper division economics majors."--James Roumasset, University of Hawaii

"Presents the subject with sufficient depth to make it more useful than other undergraduate books in this area. The international section is very helpful."--Walter C. Labys, West Virginia University

About the Author

Charles Kolstad is at University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195119541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195119541
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,348,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Actual rating - 4.5 stars.

I have read this book as a must-read for the Environmental Economics course I had taken in the beginning of the last semester.
I think this book is a great choice for students that are interested in the topic. I didn't know what to expect in the beginning of the course, but it turned up to be surprisingly interesting and important - with the good help of this book.

I have to say I've learned a lot from reading this book, and that it has been a pleasant experience. Professor Kolstad has really accomplished a commendable achievement in writing a fluent, methodical and thorough book about Environmental Economics, nearly anyone can read and understand .

I write this as a student who hasn't read other works on the subject but nevertheless feels this book has many pluses as an introductory tool:

- The author makes far-reaching efforts to explain nearly every statement he proclaims (although announcing the book is despite announcing the book for persons that have taken an Intermediate Microeconomics courses in the beginning). These explanations are useful as reminders of forgotten material, excluding the need to use fundamental books for better understanding.

- Significant number of chapters include only a moderate use of mathematical tools. This may serve as a considerable help for the layman who is intimidated by many mathematical formulas,
and just wishes to expand horizons.

I believe the following points characterize many tutorials, but feel it's important to note them anyway;

- Every figure the author uses is accompanied with detailed explanations that improve the reader's ability to understand the sketch above is and the whole subject in the process.
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My review might be colored by the fact that I got this book for one of my favorite classes, taught by one of my favorite professors, in my entire three year Master's program. I remember the book being easy enough to follow though, and I really appreciated that, although it was a bit older and maybe a bit dated, that the professor felt that he was able to draw from it what was really necessary/important/the basics (the Kuznets Curve jumps to mind, for example) and sort of gloss over the less pertinent or out of date parts. This way, I was able to buy this book used on Amazon for literally just a few dollars, rather than being forced into buying the flashiest and newest textbook that he could have chosen for $120 or $150, which always struck me as a total rip-off, in general. Again, part of that 5 stars really belongs to the professor and his didactic dexterity, but in general with higher education already being ludicrously expensive, it's nice to be able to get good information at a very low cost. At the end of the day, all books end up out dated anyway..
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This is the primarily used textbook for Environmental Economics only because it is one of FEW books on the topic. This book is full of errors: grammatical, mathematical, mispellings, etc.. My professor was constantly going off book because it was so bad. The examples were unhelpful and the book is difficult to follow. The author chooses great topics but doesn't really go through them well. The math is confusing and the book is clearly written by someone to smart to understand what undergraduate students need. The book needs serious editing, a clear solution manual, and online resources for students and professors. Professors are better off making their own text or course packets to achieve the goals of the course.
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It has some typos, and you need to have a solid microeconomics background to get through. But it is an excellent source to know the subject and its technicalities. It states the downsides of each methodology fairly, so you get the whole picture.
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By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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This book is more than a simple overview of the wide environmental economics world, since it embraces the subject in a clear, comprenhensive but in-depth enough to get a very good picture of it.
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