The Economics of Extinction Revisited and Revised: A Generalised Framework for the Analysis of the Problems of Endangered Species and Biodiversity Losses
Several environmental problems linked to extinction (resource mining, biodiversity depletion, and overexploitation) derive from the same fundamental source: the conversion between assets within the development process. The state selecting its optimal portfolio of assets will consider the relative value and growth rates of assets. High-value/high-growth resources will be selected; resources with either low values or low growth rates will be channeled down one of the above routes toward extinction. Extinction policies must be based upon the more fundamental explanations of the problem, rather than the proximate causes. This implies the creation of alternative paths to development. Copyright 1994 by Royal Economic Society.
Volume (Year): 46 (1994)
Issue (Month): 0 (Supplement Oct.)
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