Category Archives: Ecological economics

Ireland’s plastic bag tax on Alpia Econ blog

If you want to discuss Ireland’s plastic bag tax in class, have a look at the useful didactic post on Aplia Econ blog.


Paul Ehrlich on “Key issues for attention from ecological economists”

Paul Ehrlich puts forward his view on the key issues ecological economists should focus on in Key issues for attention from ecological economistsEnvironment and Development Economics, Volume 13, Issue 01, February 2008, pp 1-20 . Pointer from Globalisation and the Environment blog.

Experimental Economics and Environmental Policy

In the weekly policy commentary by Resources for the Future October 15 John List discusses What Can Policymakers Learn from Experimental Economics?
Here is an excerpt:

“Experimental research now under way in the field demonstrates that there is much to be gained from designing economic experiments that span the bridge between the laboratory and the world outside, with important implications for economics. Examples include developing new auction formats to distribute pollution permits, exploring compensation mechanisms in social dilemmas, such as what is necessary for many endangered species cases, and examining efficient means to provide public goods. What has become clear in this process is that field experiments can play an important role in the discovery process by allowing us to make stronger inference than we could make from lab or uncontrolled data alone. Similar to the spirit in which astronomy draws on the insights from particle physics and classical mechanics to make sharper insights, field experiments can help to provide the necessary behavioral principles to permit sharper policy advice.

Environmental economics and mainstream economics

Robert Metcalfe at Natural Capital asks: Is environmental economics relevant within mainstream economics?

He writes: ‘Repec released a top 200 list of economics journal articles that have received the most citations, unweighted and weighted. If my eyes havent deceived me, there are NO environmental or resource economics journals in the top 200, for both lists…What is environmental economics doing wrong? Ok 200 is not a big list, but hey I was still expecting one article.
I suppose I too was expecting at least one. Food for thought.