The Early History of Environmental Economics
43 Pages Posted: 7 May 2014
Date Written: April 8, 2014
This paper considers economists’ treatment of problems related to the environment prior to the establishment of environmental economics as a separate field in the 1960s. In discussing the literature from the late 18th century onwards, it looks on the one hand for awareness in the work of the early economists of the effects of economic activity on the natural and social environment and of the feedback from the environment to the economy. On the other hand, it describes how economic theory developed in a way which made it increasingly relevant for the study of environmental issues and the design of economic policy.
Keywords: history of thought, environment, natural resources
JEL Classification: B00, Q30, Q50
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