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Proactive Energy-Environment Policy Strategies: A Role for Input — Output Analysis?


  • P J G Pearson

    (Department of Economics, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 5XH, England, and Cambridge Energy Research Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 OHE, England)


This paper contains a consideration of the recent arguments in favour of adopting ‘anticipate and prevent’ or ‘proactive’ energy — environment policy strategies, in place of the ‘reactive’ strategies that are a feature of many current approaches to policymaking in this area. The roles that energy — environment modelling might play in investigating alternative scenarios and proactive policy strategies are then examined. The focus is on the advantages and disadvantages of using Input — Output analysis and related mathematical programming techniques to provide information for the policymaking process. Of course, Input — Output analysis is neither the only nor the ideal approach to energy — environment modelbuilding. However, despite acknowledged conceptual and practical limitations of applying Input — Output analysis in this area, it is suggested there is a case for considering its further application, particularly in the context of the United Kingdom, not least because it enables a general equilibrium approach to be implemented.

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  • P J G Pearson, 1989. "Proactive Energy-Environment Policy Strategies: A Role for Input — Output Analysis?," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 21(10), pages 1329-1348, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:envira:v:21:y:1989:i:10:p:1329-1348
    DOI: 10.1068/a211329

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