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Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics

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  • Herman E. Daly
    ()

    (The World Bank)

  • Kenneth N. Townsend
    ()

    (Hampden-Sydney College)

Abstract

Valuing the Earth collects more than twenty classic and recent essays that broaden economic thinking by setting the economy in its proper ecological and ethical context. They vividly demonstrate that, contrary to current macroeconomic preoccupations, continued growth on a planet of finite resources cannot be physically or economically sustained and is morally undesirable. Among the issues addressed are population growth, resource use, pollution, theology (east and west), energy, and economic growth. Their common theme is the notion, popular with classical economists from Malthus to Mill, that an economic stationary state is more healthful to life on earth than unlimited growth. A number of essays in the first edition have become classics and have been retained for this edition, which adds six new essays.

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  • Herman E. Daly & Kenneth N. Townsend (ed.), 1992. "Valuing the Earth: Economics, Ecology, Ethics," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262540681, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mtp:titles:0262540681
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    Keywords

    economic stationary state; economic growth; ecology;

    JEL classification:

    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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