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Science and Economics for Sustainable Development of India

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  • U. Sankar

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This paper deals with the interface between science and economics in environmental policy making in India. It explains Nehru’s concept of scientific temper and its influence in the formulation of science and technology policy and development of the science and technology system. It reviews the evolution of global environmental policy regime and the important role assigned to science to gain insights into ecological processes, to assess the nature and causes of environmental pollution and degradation, and to use scientific evidence as basis for formulation of environmental policies. Then it assesses the roles assigned to science and economics in formulation of policies relating to pollution prevention and control and management of natural resources in India. The implications of uncertainties and risks in environmental management are highlighted for public policy.

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  • U. Sankar, 2012. "Science and Economics for Sustainable Development of India," Working Papers 2012-076, Madras School of Economics,Chennai,India.
  • Handle: RePEc:mad:wpaper:2012-076
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    Keywords

    Environmental uncertainties & risks; natural resources management; pollution prevention & control; scientific temper; sustainable development;
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    JEL classification:

    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products
    • P28 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Natural Resources; Environment

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