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  Ecological economics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ecological economics is a branch of economics that addresses the interdependence and co-evolution between human economies and natural ecosystems.
In practice, ecological economics focuses primarily on the key issues of uneconomic growth and quality of life.
Ecological economics' intellectual ancestor may be traced in large part to political economy, a refinement of early economic theory that includes among its earlier researchers Thomas Malthus, David Ricardo and John Stuart Mill.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ecological_economics   (1156 words)

 Earth Economics
A central tenet of ecological economics is that the planet is the foundation of the economy.
In light of scale concerns, a key goal of ecological economics is to maximize human welfare while stabilizing or reducing the amount of physical matter and energy (called "throughput") moving through the economy from useful resources to wastes.
In the ecological economic view, it is essential to first establish policy mechanisms that ensure that overall scale of economic activity remains within the bounds of the global ecosystem to support it.
www.eartheconomics.org /ecolecon/ee_centralconcepts.html   (3033 words)

 Papers on Ecological Economics: Robert Costanza, "Ecological Economics Is Post-Autistic", Post-Autistic ...
Ecological economics is a transdisciplinary effort to link the natural and social sciences broadly, and especially ecology and economics (Costanza 1991).
Ecological economics is not, however, a single new paradigm based in shared assumptions and theory.
Ecological economics is deliberately and consciously pluralistic in it’s conceptual underpinnings.
www.paecon.net /PAEReview/ecologicaleconomics/Costanza20.htm   (1475 words)

 European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE)
Ecological Economics: Since the 1970s, researchers from various economic, social and natural science domains have sought to formulate new approaches to questions of economic development in response to environmental challenges, increasingly framed as the problems of sustainable development.
At the same time ecological economics insists that economic science needs to open out to the insights and analytical techniques that may be offered from other fields such as the life sciences, the humanities and technology assessment.
The social dimension in Ecological Economics: Proponents of ecological economics in the initial years have, sometimes, tended to neglect the socio-cultural and political dimensions of economic development and change, while focussing on the biophysical analyses of phenomena.
www.euroecolecon.org /whatis.htm   (522 words)

 FORE: Disciplines - Economics
Ecological economists are methodologically eclectic, using ecological reasoning and both dominant and alternative economics in their search for a better understanding of the interrelations between people and their environment, for indicators of sustainability, and for ways of bringing individual human behavior into conformity with collective human goals.
Ecological economists as a whole also use other models and methods and actively discuss the strengths and weaknesses of environmental economic models in the contexts of the others.
Hence the appropriateness of “ecological” as a modifier to “economics.” The concern with human communities, and how these communities are threatened by inequity as well as the speed and character of current economic change, however, are nurtured by ecological economists’ broader roots in the social sciences and in applied work being conducted in developing countries.
environment.harvard.edu /religion/disciplines/economics/index.html   (1277 words)

 A three-part series profiling ecological economists | By Lissa Harris | Grist | Main Dish | 08 Apr 2003
Free-market economic theory grew and flourished in an era of abundant natural resources, in which the commodities that were the most rare -- and thus the most precious -- were the products of human technology.
Ecological economists, while still personae non gratae in most university economics departments and major economic policy-setting institutions, are slowly gaining in influence, both in academia and among the general public.
Joshua Farley, a researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, and a staunch crusader for the new paradigm.
www.grist.org /news/maindish/2003/04/08/harris-economists   (618 words)

 Ecological Economics
Ecological Economics is a transdisciplinary field of study that addresses the relationship between ecosystems and economic systems in the broadest sense.
Ecological Economics goes beyond the normal conceptions of scientific disciplines and attempts to integrate and synthesize many different disciplinary perspectives in order to achieve an ecologically and economically sustainable world.
Ecological and Economic Modeling: Preserving and protecting threatened ecosystems requires an understanding of the direct and indirect effects of human activities on large geographical areas over time.
www.lightparty.com /Economic/ISee.html   (892 words)

 Ecological Economics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Their actions follow on the Kansas City Proposal, an open letter to economics departments "in agreement with and in support of the Post Autistic Economics Movement and the Cambridge Proposal" that was signed by economics students and academics from 22 countries during a conference in Kansas City.
Economic liberalism is consistent with a wide spectrum of ethical and philosophical values, and a wide range of distributional outcomes.
Economics arose in the 18th century in a climate of Newtonian mechanistic science, with its belief in forces in balance.
forestpolicy.typepad.com /ecoecon   (5478 words)

 MSc Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
MSc Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh
Since ecological economics is concerned with culture, ethics, sociology and human development, this mixing of disciplines and life experiences in the MSc class is actively encouraged and creates academic synergies.
Ecological economics is a transdisciplinary field of study which focuses on areas where economic activity is increasingly seen to be in conflict with both the well-being of the ecological system and the well-being of the human social system.
www.geos.ed.ac.uk /postgraduate/MSc/mscprogrammes/ecolecon   (2548 words)

 Neahtawanta Center, Synapse 39: Bioregionalism and Ecological Economics
Ecological economics eventually abolishes interest and speculative stock and futures market income, along with all aspects of the growth economy which are ecologically and socially-undifferentiated.
If the majority of the world's larger economic enterprises and national economies were made to pay their way in terms of full ecologically-audited costs of their raw materials, labor, production-distribution operations, waste, and pollution, most of them would go bankrupt in a very short time, along with the governments that support and subsidize them.
It is this kind of economics of profit subsidy for the largest, most powerful, and most centralized economic entities that most thoroughly fails an ecological audit and most compromises a future for human beings and other species on this planet.
www.nrec.org /synapse39/haenke.html   (4388 words)

 Ecological Economics--Rensselaer Catalog 97|98   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The program leading to the Ph.D. in ecological economics allows for individual research specialization and independent study in an atmosphere of close contact between faculty and students based on research participation.
Ecological economics is an interdisciplinary field at Rensselaer involving economics, ecology and social theory.
The Ph.D. in ecological economics requires 90 hours of study beyond the bachelor's degree, and 60 hours beyond an M.A. in economics or a closely related field such as business or public administration.
www.rpi.edu /dept/catalog/97-98/Interdisciplinary/ecological.html   (418 words)

 Russian Society for Ecological Economics (RSEE) - ISEE Russian Chapter
Specific research areas include ecological modeling, ecological limits to growth, climate change, biodiversity, valuation of natural capital, and ecotax reform, etc. A cross-disciplinary approach is necessary because conflicting perspectives in economics and ecology have led to economic and environmental policies that are mutually destructive, rather than reinforcing and sustainable.
Also the Russian Regional Council for Ecological Economics was created, as a consultative body of the RSEE, aimed at independent assessment and advisory support for activities in the field of ecological economics in Russia and cooperation with other states of the NIS.
He participated in the ecological economic projects in Kazakhstan, and at present he is actively working on the problems of safety statements/declarations and ecological insurance of risky objects.
www.ulb.ac.be /ceese/STAFF/safonov/ISEERC.htm   (4509 words)

 Environmental Economics: "Why do you hate ecological economics?"
So, I don't hate ecological economics, in fact, I think the approach is much-needed, I just don't agree with some of the conclusions (my dad always said don't say you hate someone/thing, just say that you don't like what they/it are/is doing right now).
The things from the ecological economics literature that I don't agree with are (1) adding up of marginal willingness to pay values to arrive at a sum total willingness to pay that is greater than income and (2) the view that economic growth must be stopped, otherwise the environment will necessarily suffer.
Johns says, "The things from the ecological economics literature that I don't agree with are (1) adding up of marginal willingness to pay values to arrive at a sum total willingness to pay that is greater than income and (2) the view that economic growth must be stopped, otherwise the environment will necessarily suffer.
www.env-econ.net /2006/08/my_environmenta.html   (1629 words)

 Ecological Economics
However, this situating of economics as only one part of a social system is necessary because humans are motivated not only by biophysical requirements but by those characteristics that most distinguish humans from all other animals: Meaning and significance as embodied in language and the capacity for many kinds of reason and judgment.
In economics as elsewhere, value refers to the notions of what is valuable as well as the action of valuing--but especially of choosing among scarce material means to achieve stated material ends and eventually acting on these values.
But it is in the economic facets of this broader developmental process where economic values have evolved, in a sense as society's endorsement of its members' skill in using resources to meet its material needs.
www.fs.fed.us /eco/st21p1.htm   (17826 words)

 Ecological Economics in ZhurnalWiki
Its title is Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, and although it brings a host of interesting ideas to the table, it leaves most of them unexplored.
If economics is to be a science and not simply politics by other means, its practitioners must likewise set aside their preconceived goals until after they have discovered the rules of the game.
The chief shortcoming of Ecological Economics is thus its authors' inability to stop grinding their axes.
zhurnal.net /ww/zw?EcologicalEconomics   (531 words)

 Long Term Solutions Require Use Of Ecological Economics
A clear indicator of the dilemma caused by the desire for perpetual economic growth is the damage to the American natural environment as indicated by the growing number of endangered species of all sorts of life forms that depend upon the earth and its physical health for their own survival.
  Ecological economics assesses value of non-exploited and non-exploitable resources as well as exploitable ones, and attempts to adequately and accurately design cost sheets for all phases of the business cycle, including pollution, land degradation, loss of topsoil and ozone, endangerment of species, and the entire realm of impacts of business/industrial activity.
By focusing on ecological economics and setting priorities into a sustainable future, Americans could learn to live without the extreme lifestyle that threatens world peace and leads to international conflict over petroleum and other economic resources.
www.dissidentvoice.org /Articles3/Moore_Eco-Economics.htm   (1120 words)

 Ecological Economics - Cambridge University Press
Ecological economics borrows heavily from it, and overlaps it significantly.
Ecological economics perhaps invests more heavily in understanding ecological science, takes more note of discontinuities and non-linearities in ecological and economic systems, and pays less attention to notions of economic efficiency and outcomes determined by short-term human wants.
By differentiating their approach from others in economics, they also show in what ways the field is moving away from the mainstream.
www.cambridge.org /uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=0521016703   (1056 words)

 ISEE - EE Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Robert Costanza is Gund Professor of Ecological Economics and Director at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics, University of Vermont.
Malte Faber is Professor of Economic Theory and Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Her main research interests are the history of modern ecological economics and environmental issues related to consumption and technologies in everyday life.
www.ecoeco.org /publica/encyc.htm   (2417 words)

 Ecological Economics: ICAPE: alliance of radicals (wide-awake economists?)
Meta-externalities from economic systems are draining the resources on which they depend, from families and other institutions that educate and socialize human beings, to water, air, soil, and the diversity of species.
ICAPE and the organizers of "Economic Pluralism for the 21st Century" invite proposals for papers that discuss or demonstrate the value of economic pluralism in any of its domains: economic theory and philosophy, economic institutions and policies, or economic education.
Following a trackback on this post I was reminded that it proves important to note that there are many economists from many different ideologies in economics who are indeed "wide-awake" to the limits of thier ideology/methodology as well as to the complexities and political wickedness embedded in the problems of the world.
forestpolicy.typepad.com /ecoecon/2006/07/icape_alliance_.html   (612 words)

 Consumers Need to Know Food's True Cost
Our short-term economics is driving to ruin the source of our riches, the Earth.
If we can devise a way to include these ecological costs in the prices we pay at the supermarket, we can show consumers the true costs of their food-buying decisions -- that it makes more sense, for example, to buy local apples in season rather than similar products imported from New Zealand or China.
We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
www.commondreams.org /views04/1020-32.htm   (688 words)

 University of Nebraska: Ecological Economics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This Ecological Economics course is intended for individuals intrigued with the possibilities for taking more of an "eco-approach" focusing on sustainability in business (including agribusiness), industry, community, government, economics, natural resource management and planning.
Individuals having graduate level training in economics are also encouraged to enroll with the course of study customized to individual needs, in that the eco-approach (and behavioral economics) are growing in their influence on economic thinking and frameworks, with the trend expected to become ever more pronounced in the decades ahead.
Students with graduate level training in economics are also encouraged to enroll with the course of study customized to individual needs including paying special attention to the additional readings in the Syllabus.
agecon.unl.edu /lynne/ecolecon/ecoleconsyllabus.htm   (4386 words)

 EconPapers: The Approach of Ecological Economics
Ecological economics offers viable alternatives to the theoretical foundations and policy recommendations of neoclassical welfare economics.
A revolution in neoclassical economics is currently taking place and the core assumptions of welfare economics are being replaced with more realistic models of consumer and firm behavior.
As the only heterodox school of economics focusing on the human economy both as a social system and as one imbedded in the biophysical universe, and thus both holistic and scientifically based, ecological economics is poised to play a leading role in recasting the scope and method of economic science.
econpapers.repec.org /paper/rpirpiwpe/0402.htm   (262 words)

 True Cost Economics : Economists
He is a co-founder and past president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, which currently boasts over 3,000 members...
In his opinion, “ecological economics is too important to focus primarily on academic studies that circulate among a group of.
At the time, local ecological economist Tom Green co-authored an influential report on the ecological impact of economic subsidies for the logging industry.
adbusters.org /metas/eco/truecosteconomics/economists.html   (1302 words)

 Marcelino Fuentes: Biopolitical: Colorful ecological economics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Thus, I think ecology is fun and economics is fun but ecological economics is boring.
These regional and place systems, envisaged here as interconnected social, economic and ecological systems, it is argued, are storied and shaped by different, planning narratives and contesting cultural perspectives.
It is a purposeful exploration of a new way of planning that is considered more appropriate with a new way of seeing and thinking about regions and their places, as complex, self-organising emergent systems.
biopolitical.blogspot.com /2006/10/colorful-ecological-economics.html   (1546 words)

 Ecological Economics
Economic growth needs to be rethought so that qualitative improvement without growth in resources occurs and the interrelatedness and interdependence of all aspects of life is recognized.
Ecological economics is an attempt to transcend narrow disciplinary boundaries to bring our full intellectual capital to bear on the huge problems we face.
Buy An Introduction to Ecological Economics from an independent bookstore in your neighborhood and support the local economy.
www.earthethics.com /ecological_economics.htm   (179 words)

 An Introduction to Ecological Economics - Griesinger Films
An Introduction to Ecological Economics (1991) is our first in this series, and it has turned out to be a classic.
His revelatory analysis of the devastation wrought by traditional industrial practices in the forests of Siberia as well as in the oceans off Japan are second to none.
Daly and Cobb’s ‘Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare’ is discussed, along with a rousing, humorous condemnation of consumerism and the need for a global 12 step program to kick the habit.
www.griesingerfilms.com /vid_ee.html   (388 words)

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