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Mineral Policy in the Era of Sustainable Development:historical context and future content

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  • Slavko V. Šolar

    () (Geološki zavod Slovenije, Dimiceva 14, SI-1000 Ljubljana,Slovenia)

  • Deborah J. Shields

    (Colorado State Universtiy, Department of Economics)

  • Michael D. Miller

    () (Department of Economics, South Dakota State University)

Abstract

The goal of public policies is to connect desired ends with practical means toward their achievement. How the desired ends are determined, and whose goals and objectives they incorporate, depends upon the culture and political system of the country in question. With few exceptions, policies change over time to reflect changed perspectives and understanding of the world around us. This is true regardless of the policy area in question. Thus, how societies view and manage their mineral resources has evolved in response to public attitudes, societal needs, economic circumstances, cultural perspectives, political orientations, technological advancements, and geological knowledge. In this paper we examine how the scope of concern has changed for mineral policy. We then review the overarching issues that have in recent years been considered essential components of mineral policies. We point out how neoclassical microeconomics has influenced recent policy design. We then use a market flow diagram to illustrate how policies can be focused at specific market issues. We next discuss mineral resources in the context of sustainable development. We identify issues that become relevant when the frame of reference is enlarged beyond ensuring supply and capturing economic rent. We show that policy based solely on neoclassical economics may not be able to effectively incorporate these issues.

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  • Slavko V. Šolar & Deborah J. Shields & Michael D. Miller, 2009. "Mineral Policy in the Era of Sustainable Development:historical context and future content," Research Reports 200902, South Dakota State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sda:rerepo:200902
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    1. Glöser-Chahoud, Simon & Kühn, André & Tercero Espinoza, Luis Alberto, 2016. "Globale Verwendungsstrukturen der Magnetwerkstoffe Neodym und Dysprosium: Eine szenariobasierte Analyse der Auswirkung der Diffusion der Elektromobilität auf den Bedarf an Seltenen Erden," Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation" S05/2016, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).
    2. repec:bla:sysdyn:v:32:y:2016:i:3-4:p:279-308 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    mineral policy; sustainable development; environmental economics; neoclassical economics; policy; sustainability; ecological economics;

    JEL classification:

    • O21 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Planning Models; Planning Policy
    • Q01 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - Sustainable Development
    • Q31 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Demand and Supply; Prices
    • Q38 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy (includes OPEC Policy)
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • Q58 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Government Policy

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