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Dimensions of Sustainability: Geographical, Temporal, Institutional, and Psychological

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  • Charles W. Howe

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Well-being depends on produced goods, natural amenities, and preferences. Each can be influenced through policies and education. Production of goods exhibits a hierarchical structure similar to ecosystems: subsystems adapt while sustaining system productivity, that is, higher levels have greater resilience. In agriculture, the farm has little adaptability, the region can shift production among locations, and a nation can shift among regions. Forests exhibit an intertemporal-geographical hierarchy in which harvests are replaced by growth elsewhere and later regrowth. This structure is useful in responding to change and uncertainty. Preferences, too, can and must be informed through education.

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  • Charles W. Howe, 1997. "Dimensions of Sustainability: Geographical, Temporal, Institutional, and Psychological," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 73(4), pages 597-607.
  • Handle: RePEc:uwp:landec:v:73:y:1997:i:4:p:597-607
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    1. Mercedes Beltrán-Esteve & Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo & Ernest Reig-Martínez, 2012. "What makes a citrus farmer go organic? Empirical evidence from Spanish citrus farming," Working Papers 1205, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia.
    2. Cowell, Sarah J. & Wehrmeyer, Walter & Argust, Peter W. & Robertson, J. Graham S., 1999. "Sustainability and the primary extraction industries: theories and practice," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 25(4), pages 277-286, December.
    3. Pasqual, Joan & Souto, Guadalupe, 2003. "Sustainability in natural resource management," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 46(1), pages 47-59, August.

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