Agricultural Economics Department


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Published in Cornhusker Economics. March 14, 2001. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln .


The wide-array of books and materials (both textbooks and supplementary reading) now available for helping students in our universities understand the arena of environmental and ecological policy economics is staggering and impressive, while at the same time disturbing. The books are impressive in their comprehensiveness and sophistication of analysis; students can be well prepared, indeed. Yet the same books are disturbing, for while some project doom (e.g., Hackett, 1998) and others seem to have an air of surrealistic cornucopia (e.g., Anderson and Leal, 1991), both lead to a rather gloomy set of environmental policy recommendations.