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Sustainable development: Have we got our priorities right?

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  • Clough, Peter

    (New Zealand Institute of Economic Research)

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    This paper considers New Zealand’s current sustainable development policy in light of international approaches to sustainability which focus on maintaining stocks of natural, physical, institutional and human capital. We find that New Zealand’s environmental priorities are not well targeted at sustaining critical stocks or on effects that New Zealand policy can realistically expect to control. Their net benefit to New Zealanders is therefore open to question. This suggests a change in focus could both improve environmental and economic outcomes for the country at large.

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    Paper provided by New Zealand Institute of Economic Research in its series NZIER Working Paper with number 2009/7.

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    Length: 38 pages
    Date of creation: 03 Nov 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:ris:nzierw:2009_007

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    Keywords: sustainability; environmental policy; government policy; New Zealand;

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