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Ambivalent Joint Production and the Natural Environment

An Economic and Thermodynamic Analysis


Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 1-19
  3. The Phenomenon of Joint Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 23-44
    3. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 45-64
    4. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 65-87
  4. The Analysis of Joint Production in the History of Economic Thought

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-93
    2. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 94-101
    3. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 102-113
  5. The Economics of Ambivalent Joint Production

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 157-184
    3. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 185-230
    4. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 231-254
    5. Stefan Baumgärtner
      Pages 255-289
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 295-324

About this book


Many environmental damages are caused by substances which come into existence as undesired joint outputs in the production of desired goods. Whether an output is desired or not, however, is not an inherent property of the substance itself but depends on the context of production. This book studies the role of a potential ambivalence of joint outputs for the description and analysis of dynamic economy-environment interactions and for the design of efficient environmental policy. This is done in an interisciplinary way: methods and insights from thermodynamics, engineering sciences, economics and the methodology of economics are combined in order to develop an encompassing view on the complex and multivarious phenomenon of ambivalent joint production. By using the concept of joint production as a unifying framework for describing and analyzing the relations between human economic activity and the surrounding natural environment this book contributes to a critical and constructive assessment of the traditional environmental economic approach.


Adam Smith Alfred Marshall Johann Heinrich von Thünen Karl Marx duality economic theory economics environment environmental policy equilibrium general equilibrium modeling strategy thermodynamics welfare

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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