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Land Resource Economics and Sustainable Development

Economic Policies and the Common Good

“This text seeks to provide an introduction to issues of land use and the economic tools that are used to resolve land-use conflicts. In particular, tools of economic analysis are used to address allocation of land among alternative uses in such a way that the welfare of society is enhanced. Thus, the focus is on what is best for society and not what is best for an individual, a particular group of individuals, or a particular constituency. What this text seeks to provide is a balanced and just approach to decision-making concerning allocation of land.” – from the Introduction

460 pages


Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Part 1: Theoretical Considerations

2 The Concept of Rent: Is Land Unique?

3 The Theory of Welfare Measurement

4 Property Rights, Market Failure, Externality, and Environmental Economics

Part 2: Project Evaluation and Economic Development

5 Social Cost-Benefit Analysis: Evaluation of Resource Development Projects

6 Input-Output Models for Regional and Community Development

7 Valuing Nonmarket Benefits

Part 3: Land-Use and Sustainable Development

8 Conservation, Sustainable Development, and Preservation

9 Economics of Global Climatic Change

10 Economics of Soil Conservation

Part 4: Economics of Land-Use Planning and Control

11 Efficiency and Equity in Land-Use Planning

12 Land Preservation and Conservation

13 Control over Water Use in Agriculture: Economics of Irrigation and Wetlands Preservation

Part 5: Economics of Public Land Management

14 Economics and Management of Public Forestlands

15 Economics and Public Rangeland Management

16 Management of Public Lands for Multiple Use

Part 6: Conclusions

17 Ethics and Land Resource Economics

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