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SOEE5094M
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Introduction to Ecological Economics, 2017/18, Semester 1
Dr Jonathan Busch
J.Busch@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Students are required to read 4-5 assigned texts (about 4 hours of reading) in preparation for each seminar and be prepared to discuss these texts in the seminar. As this is the first year that this module has been offered in its current form, the reading list is being revised and updated. Readings will be provided at least one week before the seminar.

Week 2: What is ecological economics?

Røpke, I., 2004. The early history of modern ecological economics. Ecological economics. 50 (3–4), 293-314.

Faber, M., 2008. How to be an ecological economist. Ecological economics. 66 (1), 1-7.

Spash, C.L., 2011. Social ecological economics: Understanding the past to see the future. The American journal of economics and sociology. 70 (2), 340-375.

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Week 3: Key concepts in ecological economics

Costanza, R., Daly, L., Fioramonti, L., Giovannini, E., Kubiszewski, I., Mortensen, L.F., Pickett, K.E., Ragnarsdottir, K.V., De Vogli, R., Wilkinson, R., 2016. Modelling and measuring sustainable wellbeing in connection with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Ecological economics. 130, 350-355.

Daly, H.E., 1992. Allocation, distribution, and scale: towards an economics that is efficient, just, and sustainable. Ecological economics. 6 (3), 185-193.

Gowdy, J.M., 2000. Terms and concepts in ecological economics. Wildlife Society bulletin. 28 (1), 26-33.

Ehrlich, P.R., Ehrlich, A.H., Holdren, J.P., 1993 [1977]. Availability, Entropy, and the Laws of Thermodynamics, Chapter 2 in H. E. Daly and K. N. Townsend (Eds.) Valuing the earth : economics, ecology, ethics , MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, pp. 69-73.

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Week 4: The market and efficient allocation

Dasgupta, P., 2007. Economics [electronic resource] : a very short introduction . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.  Chapter 4: Markets (pp. 72-89).

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications , 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC. Chapter 10: Market Failures (pp. 165-191)

Keen, S., 2011. Debunking Economics : The Naked Emperor Dethroned? Revised and expanded ed. Zed Books, London. Chapter 2: No More Mr Nice Guy (pp. 7-35)

Jollands, N., 2006. Concepts of efficiency in ecological economics: Sisyphus and the decision maker. Ecological economics. 56 (3), 359-372.

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Week 5: Heterodox economic theory

Elson, D., 1999. Labor markets as gendered institutions: equality, efficiency and empowerment issues. World development. 27(3), 611-27.

Samuels, W., 1995. The present state of institutionalist economics. Cambridge journal of economics. 19, 569-90.

Kalecki, M., 1943. Political aspects of full employment. The political quarterly. 14(4), 322-31.

Heilbroner, R., and Milberg, W., 1995. The crisis of vision in modern economic thought . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. Chapters 2-5 (pp. 9-96).

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Week 6: Distribution and inequality

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications , 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC. Chapter 16: Distribution (pp. 301-320) and Chapter 23: Just Distribution (pp. 441-456)

Piketty, T., and Saez, E., 2014. Inequality in the long run. Science. 344 (6186), 838-843.

Wilkinson, R.G., and Pickett, K. E., 2009. Income inequality and social dysfunction. Annual review of sociology. 35, 493-511.

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Week 7: Social metabolism and sustainable scale

Daly, H.E., 2005. Ecological Economics: The Concept of Scale and Its Relation to Allocation, Distribution, and Uneconomic Growth, in E. Fullbrook (Ed.) A guide to what's wrong with economics  , Anthem Press, London, pp. 247-261.

Steffen, W., Richardson, K., Rockström, J., et al., 2015. Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. Science.  347 (6223), 736.

Hoekstra, A.Y., Wiedmann, T.O., 2014. Humanity’s unsustainable environmental footprint. Science.  344 (6188), 1114-1117.

Kubiszewski, I., Costanza, R., Franco, C., Lawn, P., Talberth, J., Jackson, T., Aylmer, C., 2013. Beyond GDP: Measuring and achieving global genuine progress. Ecological economics.  93, 57-68.

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications , 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC. Chapter 22: Sustainable Scale (pp. 427-440)

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Week 8: Resource use and economic growth

Cobb, C., Halstead, T., Rowe, J., 1995. If the GDP is up, why is America down? Atlantic Monthly , October, 59-78. - Available online: https://www.theatlantic.com/past/politics/ecbig/gdp.htm

Victor, P., 2010. Questioning economic growth. Nature.  468 (7322), 370-371.

Rees, W.E., 2003. Economic development and environmental protection: an ecological economics perspective. Environmental monitoring and assessment.  86 (29-45)

Hall, C.A.S., Balogh, S., Murphy, D., 2009. What is the minimum EROI a sustainable society must have? Energies  2, 25-47.

Ayres, R.U., Turton, H., Casten, T., 2007. Energy efficiency, sustainability and economic growth. Energy.  32 (5), 634-648.  Skip sections 5-7 and the Appendix

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Week 9: Degrowth and steady-state economics

Dietz, R., O'Neill, D.W., 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources . Routledge, London. Chapters 4–11 (pp. 43–153)

D'Alisa, G., Demaria, F., Kallis, G. (Eds.), 2014. Degrowth : a vocabulary for a new era . Routledge, New York. Introduction: Degrowth (pp. 1–17) and Epilogue: From Austerity to Dépense (pp. 215-220)

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Week 10: Money and finance

Benes, J., Kumhof, M., 2012. The Chicago Plan Revisited . IMF Working Paper 2012/12/202, International Monetary Fund. Chapters 1 and 2 (pp. 4-19)

Dittmer, K., 2015. 100 percent reserve banking: A critical review of green perspectives. Ecological economics.  109, 9-16.

Cahen-Fourot, L., Lavoie, M., 2016. Ecological monetary economics: A post-Keynesian critique. Ecological economics.  126, 163-168.

Dittmer, K., 2013. Local currencies for purposive degrowth? A quality check of some proposals for changing money-as-usual. Journal of cleaner production.  54, 3-13.

Ansar, A., Caldecott, B., Tilbury, J., 2013. Stranded Assets and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign: What Does Divestment Mean for the Valuation of Fossil Fuel Assets? Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. Executive Summary (pp. 9-18)

Also have a look at the University of Leeds Statement on Divestment and the Response Letter from University Staff

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Week 11: Human well-being

Ryan, R.M., Huta, V., Deci, E.L., 2008. Living well: A self-determination theory perspective on eudaimonia. Journal of Happiness Studies 9 (1), 139-170.

Helliwell, J.F., Layard, R., Sachs, J. (Eds.), 2015. World Happiness Report 2015. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, New York. Chapter 2: The Geography of World Happiness (pp. 12-35)

Robeyns, I., 2005. The Capability Approach: a theoretical survey. Journal of human development. 6 (1), 93-117.

Gough, I., 2015. Climate change and sustainable welfare: the centrality of human needs. Cambridge journal of economics. 39 (5), 1191-1214.

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Additional References

Although the module does not have a single textbook, the following references may be helpful:

Common, M., Stagl, S., 2005. Ecological Economics: An Introduction . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

Daly, H.E., Farley, J., 2011. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications , 2nd ed. Island Press, Washington, DC.

Daly, H.E., Townsend, K.N. (Eds.), 1993. Valuing the earth : economics, ecology, ethics . MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

D'Alisa, G., Demaria, F., Kallis, G. (Eds.), 2014. Degrowth : a vocabulary for a new era . Routledge, New York.

Dietz, R., O’Neill, D.W., 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources . Routledge, London.

Goodwin, N., Harris, J., Nelson, J.A., Roach, B., Torras, M. 2014. Macroeconomics: In Context . 2nd ed. Routledge, London.

Goodwin, N., Harris, J., Nelson, J.A., Roach, B., Torras, M. 2014. Microeconomics: In Context . 3rd ed. Routledge, London.

Jackson, T., 2009. Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet . Earthscan, London.

Keen, S., 2011. Debunking Economics : The Naked Emperor Dethroned? Revised and expanded ed. Zed Books, London.

Ryan-Collins, J., Greenham, T., Werner, R., Jackson, A., 2011. Where Does Money Come From? A Guide to the UK Monetary and Banking System . New Economics Foundation, London.

Wilkinson, R., Pickett, K., 2009. The spirit level : why more equal societies almost always do better . Allen Lane, London.

This list was last updated on 25/11/2016