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Green Economics

David Pearce

Environmental Values 1(1992): 3-13. doi: 10.3197/096327192776680197

Economists assume that people are fundamentally greedy, though not exclusively so. If environmental improvement is to be achieved, it will require policies that use selfishness rather than opposing it. Such policies are to be found in the basics of green economics in which market signals are modified by environmental taxes and tradeable pollution certificates to 'decouple' the economic growth process from its environmental impact. Green economic policies avoid the infringements of human liberties implied in ever stronger 'command and control' measures.

KEYWORDS: sustainability, market based instruments, command and control

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles:

Ethics and Values in Environmental Policy: The Said and the UNCED Paul P. Craig, Harold Glasser and Willett Kempton

The Emperor's Old Clothes: The Curious Comeback of Cost-benefit Analysis John Adams

Operationalising Strong Sustainability: Definitions, Methodologies and Outcomes. Begüm Özkaynak, Pat Devine and Dan Rigby

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