Some Further Perspectives

Agnar Sandmo

in The Public Economics of the Environment

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780198297987
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596858 | DOI:

Series: The Lindahl Lectures

Some Further Perspectives

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Many types of environmental pollution are international or global; thus, the polluting country may not bear all the costs of pollution, nor may it reap all the benefits from its reduction. This chapter discusses the extent of this problem and the costs and benefits of international policy coordination. It also considers the application of the policy conclusions to the poor countries of the world, where the nature of environmental problems may be different and the range of policy instruments narrower. Finally, it looks at the political economy aspects of environmental policy: what incentives do politicians have to adopt the types of policy recommended by economic analysis?

Keywords: international pollution; policy coordination; political economy; politicians; poor countries

Chapter.  9078 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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