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The Yin and yang of Sustainable Development: A Case for Win-Win Environmentalism

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  • James A. Roumasset

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  • Lee Endress

    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

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The disadvantages of treating sustainability as a constraint on welfare maximization are noted. Our proposed alternative incorporates inter‐generational equity by setting the utility discount rate equal to zero. This leads to a condition of increasing consumption towards a Golden Rule steady state by accumulating produced capital to more than offset the decline in natural capital. This rule is integrated with the standard conditions for efficient management of pollution and depletion of natural resources.
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  • James A. Roumasset & Lee Endress, 1996. "The Yin and yang of Sustainable Development: A Case for Win-Win Environmentalism," Working Papers 199604, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
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    1. Majah-Leah Ravago & James Roumasset, 2009. "Economic Policy for Sustainable Growth and Development vs. Greedy Growth and Preservationism," Working Papers 200909, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    2. Majah-Leah Ravago & James Roumasset & Kimberly Burnett, 2008. "Resource management for Sustainable Development of Island Economies," Working Papers 200804, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.
    3. Majah-Leah Ravago & James Roumasset, 2016. "The Public Economics of Electricity Policy with Philippine Applications," Working Papers 201613, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics.

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