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Inequality as a Cause of Environmental Degradation

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  • James Boyce
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    This paper advances two hypotheses. First, the extent of an environmentally degrading economic activity is a function of the balance of power between the winners, who derive net benefits from the activity, and the losers, who bear net costs. Second, greater inequalities of power and wealth lead, all else equal, to more environmental degradation.

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    Paper provided by Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst in its series Published Studies with number ps1.

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    Date of creation: 1994
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    Handle: RePEc:uma:perips:ps1

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    1. Becker, Gary S, 1983. "A Theory of Competition among Pressure Groups for Political Influence," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 98(3), pages 371-400, August.
    2. Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1973. "Power and the Useful Economist," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 63(1), pages 1-11, March.
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