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designing institutions for environmental and resource management

Edited by Edna Tusak Loehman, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics and Associate Professor of Economics, Purdue University, US and D. Marc Kilgour, Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
This challenging book addresses environmental and resource management problems that continue to emerge despite increasing attempts at regulation. It proposes a proactive approach to environmental and resource management through the design of institutions and organizations. In addition, it suggests that social rules for environmental management can be improved by taking into account the social costs of externalities and the administrative and transactions costs to reduce them.
Extent: 392 pp
Hardback Price: $178.00 Web: $160.20
Publication Date: 1998
ISBN: 978 1 85898 537 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Management Natural Resources
This challenging book addresses environmental and resource management problems that continue to emerge despite increasing attempts at regulation. It proposes a proactive approach to environmental and resource management through the design of institutions and organizations. In addition, it suggests that social rules for environmental management can be improved by taking into account the social costs of externalities and the administrative and transaction costs to reduce them.

The chapters in this book draw design ideas from four sources: theory, field studies, simulation and experiment. In the first section, contributors discuss concepts for institutional design including incentives, information, fairness, sustainability, transaction costs, and coordination. Models for policy design in the second section apply welfare economics and game theory to international pollution regulation, cost sharing for pollution reduction, enforcement systems, policy instruments and liability rules. In the final section, experimental methods for institutional design are applied to marketable pollution permits, groundwater laws and markets with uncertainty.

Integrating economics with ideas from political science, psychology, and game theory, Designing Institutions for Environmental and Resource Management will be of interest to all those endeavoring to improve environmental policy.
‘A well-written introduction by the editors is followed by 19 chapters with different authors.’
– Peter Söderbaum, Environmental Values
Contributors: M.D. Agee, K.H. Baik, W. Blomquist, D.V. Budescu, K.-L. Chen, T.D. Crocker, D. Feeny, N. Frohlich, R. Gardner, L. Hurwicz, R. Innes, R.M. Isaac, D.M. Kilgour, J.T. LaFrance, E.T. Loehman, S. Mestelman, M. Moore, R.A. Muller, J. Oppenheimer, E. Ostrom, A. Rapoport, S. Reiter, T. Roe, V.W. Ruttan, E. Schlager, J.F. Shogren, R. Suleiman, T. Tomasi, J. Walker, M.J. Watts, E. Wilman
Contents: Introduction Part I: Concepts for Institutional and Organizational Design Part II: Quantitative Models in Institutional Design Part III: Experimental Methods in Institutional Design