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Basic Concepts and Common Valuation Errors in Cost-Benefit Analysis


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  • Theodore Panayotou

    (International Environment Program, Harvard Institute for International Development, Harvard University)

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    The society has limited resources to meet several objectives such as economic growth, poverty alleviation and environmental protection. These objectives compete for resources and may conflict with each other. For example, economic growth may increase environmental degradation and environmental regulation may constrain growth. Therefore, every effort must be made to reconcile and synergize these diverse social objectives and to prioritize them as to allocate the limited resources among them in the most efficient way. Environmental economics provides us with the analytical tools to reconcile environmental protection with economic growth and other social objectives, and to protect and improve the environment without wasting scarce resources.

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    Paper provided by Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) in its series EEPSEA Special and Technical Paper with number sp199701t1.

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    Date of creation: Jan 1997
    Date of revision: Jan 1997
    Handle: RePEc:eep:tpaper:sp199701t1

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    Keywords: Cost-benefit analysis;


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