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Social Costs of Energy

Present Status and Future Trends

  • Olav Hohmeyer
  • Richard L. Ottinger
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Introduction and some Conclusions from the Conference

    1. Olav Hohmeyer, Richard L. Ottinger
      Pages 1-3
  3. General Treatment of the Assessment of Social Costs and the Perspective for their Incorporation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Alan J. Krupnick, Dallas Burtraw, A. Myrick Freeman III, Winston Harrington, Karen Palmer, Hadi Dowlatabadi
      Pages 7-37
  4. Empirical Estimation of Social Costs of Energy

  5. Instruments and Approaches for the Internalisation of Social Costs

About these proceedings


Although present day politics seems to be preoccupied with questions of economic growth and full employment, the basic environmental problems stemming from the interactions of the economic sphere with global, regional and local environments persist and will have an even greater impact in the future. If economy and ecology are not reconciled in the years to come, mankind will not have a sustainable future on Earth. The typical negation of environmental problems in times of economic crisis is partially due to the fact that environmental and health damages of economic activities are neither priced nor included in our market price system. This allows politicians to focus their attention on insufficient economic indicators which do not reflect the actual development of the welfare of society. If economic lead indicators like GDP or balance of trade figures were better integrated with information on the environmental and health costs caused by the seemingly beneficial economic development, politicians might have better guidance as to what policy choices would benefit society most.


Climate Change Energie Energy Environmental Policy External Costs Externe Kosten Internalisierung Internalization Policy Politik Sustainable Energy control environment science and technology sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Olav Hohmeyer
    • 1
  • Richard L. Ottinger
    • 2
  1. 1.ZEW, Zentrum für EuropäischeWirtschaftsforschung GmbHMannheimGermany
  2. 2.Center for Environmental Legal StudiesPace University School of LawWhite PlainsUSA

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