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Module Reading List

Sustainability Economics in Practice, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Julia Martin-Ortega
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Module SOEE3750: Reading list (2017/18)

This reading list is composed of required readings (for lectures and for practical sessions) and additional readings. Required readings are compulsory to read by the students (preferably before each of the lectures). In the additional readings, students will find complementary material for those  interested to know more.

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Economic growth and the envirnoment

Lecture readings (required)

Common, M. and Stagl, S. (2005) Ecological Economics: An Introduction. Cambridge . University Press, Cambridge, UK. Chapter 7.

Chertow, M. R. (2000). The IPAT equation and its variants.  Journal of industrial ecology., 4 (4), 13-29.

Stern, D. I., Common, M. S., & Barbier, E. B. (1996). Economic growth and environmental degradation: the environmental Kuznets curve and sustainable development. World development., 24 (7), 1151-1160.

Jackson, T. (2011) Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet Earthscan / Routledge, London, chapter 5 – The myth of decoupling. Online Leeds library

Practical readings (required)

Rosa, E. A. and Dietz, T. (2012) Human Drivers of National Greenhouse-Gas Emissions, Nature climate change, 2(8), 581-586.

Stern, D. I., Common, M. S. and Barbier, E. B. (1996) Economic Growth and Environmental Degradation: The Environmental Kuznets Curve and Sustainable Development. World development., 24(7), 1151-1160.

Additional readings

Daly, H. E. and Farley, J. (2011) Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications, 2nd ed., Island Press, Washington, DC, chapter 14 .

Commoner, B. (1972) The Environmental Cost of Economic Growth. In: Ridker, R. G. (ed.) Population, resources, and the environment. Washington, DC: Commission on Population Growth and the American Future, U. S. Government Printing Office, 339- 363.

Dinda, S. (2004) Environmental Kuznets Curve Hypothesis: A Survey. Ecological economics., 49(4), 431-455.

Ekins, P. (1997) The Kuznets Curve for the Environment and Economic Growth:Examining the Evidence. Environment and planning. A : environment and planning., 29(5), 805-830.

Harris, J. M. (2008) Ecological Macroeconomics: Consumption, Investment, and Climate Change. Global Development and Environment Institute, Working Paper No. 08-02. 

Rezai, A., Taylor, L. and Mechler, R. (2013) Ecological Macroeconomics: An Application to Climate Change, Ecological economics., Vol. 85, pp 69-76.

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Measuring prosperity and wellbeing

Lecture readings (required)

O’Neill, D.W. 2015. Gross Domestic Product. In: D'Alisa, G., et al. eds. Degrowth : a vocabulary for a new era ISBN: 9781138000766 (hardback); 9781138000773 (paperback); 9780203796146 (ebook). Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY;: Routledge, pp.102-106. E-book

Schneider, F., G. Kallis, and J. Martinez-Alier, Crisis or opportunity? Economic degrowth for social equity and ecological sustainability. Introduction to this special issue. Journal of cleaner production. ISSN: 0959-6526, 2010. 18(6): p. 511-518. Online

Büchs, M., & Koch, M. (2019). Challenges for the degrowth transition: The debate about wellbeing. Futures, 105, online 

Practical readings (required)

Klugman, J., Rodriguez, F. and Choi, H.J. 2011. The Human Development Index 2010: new controversies, old critiques. Journal of economic inequality ISSN: x000-0681. 9(2), pp.249-288. online

UN 2016, Human Development Report. Technical Notes, p2-3

Additional readings

Daly, H. and Farley, J. 2011. Ecological Economics. Principles and Applications (Second Edition). Washington: Island Press, Chapter 14 Macroeconomic Concepts: GNP and Welfare, pp261-284. (Laidlaw Economics Q-1 DAL)

Gough, I. 2015. Climate change and sustainable welfare: the centrality of human needs. Cambridge journal of economics. ISSN: 0309-166X. 39(5), pp.1191-1214. online

Layard, R. 2006. Happiness and public policy: A challenge to the profession. Economic journal. ISSN: 0013-0133 116(510), pp.C24-C33. online

Max-Neef, M., with Elizalde, A. and Hopenhayn, M. 1991. Human scale development : conception, application and further reflections ISBN: 094525735X (pbk) : £8.95. New York and London: The Apex Press. ebook

Stiglitz, J.E., Sen, A. and Fitoussi, J.-P. 2011. Mismeasuring our lives : why GDP doesn't add up ISBN: 9781595585196; 1595585192. New York: The New Press. (Edward Boyle Economics D-50 STI)

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Introduction to welfare economics and cost-benefit analysis

Lecture readings (required)

Boardman, A.E., Greenberg, D.H., Vining, A.R., Weimer, D.L. (2001). Cost-Benefit Analysis: concepts and practice. Prentice Hall, Chapter 2 (pp. 25-49)

Pearce, D., Atkinson, G. and Mourato, S. (2006) Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Environment [electronic resource] : Recent Developments, OECD Publishing. Chapter 2 (pp. 41-49).

Martin-Ortega, J., Perni, A., Jackson-Blake, L., Balana, B. B., Mckee, A., Dunn, S., ... & Slee, B. (2015). A transdisciplinary approach to the economic analysis of the European Water Framework Directive. Ecological economics.,116, 34-45.

van Beukering, P., Brander, L., Tompkins, E., & Mackenzie, E. (2007). Valuing the environment in small islands : an environmental economics toolkit. Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Chapter 5: Economic Valuation (pp46 -70).

Practical readings (required)

Pearce, D., Atkinson, G. and Mourato, S. (2006) Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Environment [electronic resource] : Recent Developments, OECD Publishing. Chapter 3 (pp. 51-61).

Pearce, D., Atkinson, G. and Mourato, S. (2006) Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Environment [electronic resource] : Recent Developments, OECD Publishing. Chapter 13 (pp. 183-190).

Additional readings

Pearce, D., Atkinson, G. and Mourato, S. (2006) Cost-Benefit Analysis and the Environment [electronic resource] : Recent Developments, OECD Publishing. Chapter 15 (pp. 221-236) and Chapter 18 (pp. 269-276).

Bateman, Ian J., et al. (2002). Economic valuation with stated preference techniques: a manual. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham.

Costanza et al. (2017). Twenty years of ecosystem services: How far have we come and how far do we still need to go?. Ecosystem Services ISSN: 2212-0416, 28 (particularly from section 4) 

Anderson et al. (2015). The incompatibility of benefit–cost analysis with sustainability science. Sustainability Science ISSN: 1862-4065, 10:33–41

Goulder, L. H. (2002) Discounting - An Eye on the Future, Nature., 419 (6908): 673-674.


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Introduction to behavioural economics and game theory

Lecture readings (required)

 Wilkinson, N. and Klaes, M. (2017) An introduction to behavioral economics., 2nd edition, Palgrave Macmillan. (Chapter 1)

MacKay, D.J.C, Cramton, P., Ockenfels, A., Soft, S. (2015). Price carbon – I will if you will. Nature., 526 (7573).

Practical readings (required)

Pindyck, R. S. and Rubinfeld, D. L. (2008) Microeconomics, 7th edition, Prentice Hall, London, UK, chapter 13.

Additional readings

DeCanio, S., Fremstad, A. (2013). Game Theory and Climate Diplomacy. Ecological economics. ISSN: 0921-8009, 85, 117-187.

Smead, R., Sandler, R. L., Forber, P. and Basl, J. (2014) A Bargaining Game Analysis of International Climate Negotiations, Nature climate change, 4, pp. 442– 445.

This list was last updated on 23/10/2019