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Rio+20: Real Progress towards Measuring Sustainable Development?


  • Fabio Eboli

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)


The UNCSD Rio+20 meeting is expected to define the future paradigms of sustainable development. One of the main issues under discussion is the need for methodological and quantitative tools allowing for the continuous assessment and control of the progressive achievement of specific targets or, even better, of overall sustainability. This article presents an overview of the main obstacles toward achieving sustainable development, highlighting the limitations of the current measurement approaches.

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  • Fabio Eboli, 2012. "Rio+20: Real Progress towards Measuring Sustainable Development?," Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femre3:2012.06-05

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    1. Hans-Werner Sinn, 2008. "Public policies against global warming: a supply side approach," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 15(4), pages 360-394, August.
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    Sustainable development; Rio+20; Quantitative tools;

    JEL classification:

    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth


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