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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230107311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230107311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Environmentalists need to understand how markets work (just as it would sure help if economists had some idea how biological systems functioned). This book introduces many of the themes that environmental economists work with, some of which will need to come into play if we're going to deal with catastrophes like climate change."  —Bill McKibben, author Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Economics continues to be one of the most powerful, yet misunderstood tools for environmental management and conservation.  Jason Scorse's book will help anyone who cares about the environment move beyond simple ideas of money to understand how economic factors affect the environment and how the environment affects the economic wellbeing of all people." —Linwood Pendelton, Director of Ocean and Coastal Policy, The Nicholas Institute at Duke University

“Scorse provides an easy-to-read, non-technical primer on how the problems we face today as environmentalists are fundamentally economic in nature.  Excellent background for anyone interested in devising sensible solutions to environmental problems.” —Richard E. Rice, Chief Conservation Officer, Save Your World

“This book will be a vital resource for those who want to understand the economic underpinnings of environmental policy applied to the most pressing problems we currently face.  Professor Scorse puts to rest the notion that economics and the environment are at odds; in fact, sound economic policy is the key for environmental solutions.” —Ann Harrison, Director of Economic Development Policy, The World Bank

"What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics is an excellent introduction and overview of the some of the key debates - and underlying theories - in mainstream economics and policy. The book explains in accessible terms the underpinnings of economics which most influence government policies on environmental protection. The book shows how these theories apply to some of the most pressing environmental controversies of the day - such as climate change, forest loss, biodiversity, and pollution - with insights for how economics can actually be used to solve these problems. Environmentalists and students of environmental policy would do well to read this book."  —Dara O'Rourke, Professor at UC-Berkeley and founder of Goodguide

"At this time of environmental destruction from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, we need a clear understanding of practical economics that this book uniquely provides, to help us move away from policies that undervalue and thus compromise the ecosystems that provide the foundations for our continued economic prosperity."  —Dr. Judith Kildow, Director, National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP)

About the Author

Jason Scorse is Associate Professor and Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


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Jason Scorse received his Ph.D. in Agricultural & Resource Economics from UC-Berkeley in 2005. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the International Environmental Policy Program at the Monterey Institute. Dr. Scorse has consulted for numerous environmental organizations, including the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club, and he is currently the Lead Non-Market Economist for the National Ocean Economics Program. He has published articles in American Economic Review, California Management Review, and for books published by the Brookings Institution and Routledge Press. His book, What Environmentalists Need to Know About Economics, is published by Palgrave-Macmillan. Dr. Scorse sits on the board of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Research Activities Panel and The Otter Project. In addition to his scholarly work and consulting, he writes for the Grist blog and the Environmental Economics blog. His faculty profile is at: http://www.miis.edu/academics/faculty/iep/node/936.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Max David Perelman on October 26, 2010
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Jason Scorse was my environmental economics professor in graduate school. He was one of the most influential teachers I have ever had and his insightful views on economics and environmental issues are exactly what politicians and environmentalists need to hear. His viewpoints reframe the issues that are too often politicized by both the right and left. I urge Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents to read this book so we can have an objective, fact-based conversation and make policy and business decisions that are logical and benefit both business and the environment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nereyda Montano on September 4, 2012
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Quick and easy read. Perfect for those in the environmental field who need a clearer understanding of economics. A must-read for anyone concocting solutions for the complicated environmental problems that we're faced with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gernot Wagner on June 1, 2011
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The kind of comprehensive and eminently readable account I wished I had when I was slugging through textbooks trying to grasp the basics of environmental economics. More importantly, it's the kind of book every environmentalist doesn't just "need to" know, it's what everyone must know to be an effective advocate for a livable planet.
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