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Different trajectories of exosomatic energy metabolism for Brazil, Chile and Venezuela: using the MSIASM approach

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  • Jesus Ramos-Martín


    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

  • Nina Eisenmenger


    (IFF Social Ecology, University of Klagenfurt, Schottenfeldgasse)

  • Heinz Schandl


    (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Gunghalin Homestead)

Economic development goes hand in hand with an increase in the consumption of natural resources. Some analysts use material flows to describe such relationship [Eurostat 2001, Weisz et al., 2006], or exergy [Ayres et al., 2003]. Instead this paper will use a characterisation of the exosomatic energy metabolism based on expected benchmark values to describe possible constraints to economic development posed by available human time and energy. The aim of the paper is to identify types of exosomatic energy metabolism of different societies to interpret its consequences for economic development. This is done with the application of the accounting methodology called Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal Metabolism (MSIASM) to the particular case of energy metabolism for the analysis of the economies of Brazil, Chile and Venezuela.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona in its series Working Papers with number wpdea0803.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
Handle: RePEc:uab:wprdea:wpdea0803
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  1. Jesus Ramos-Martin & Mario Giampietro, 2005. "Multi-scale integrated analysis of societal metabolism: learning from trajectories of development and building robust scenarios," International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 5(3/4), pages 225-263.
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