Theory and Implementation of Economic Models for Sustainable Development

  • Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh
  • Marjan W. Hofkes

Part of the Economy & Environment book series (ECEN, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Sustainable development and formal models: background and summary

    1. Jeroen C. J. M. Van Den Bergh, Marjan W. Hofkes
      Pages 1-8
  3. Theoretical Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Jeroen C. J. M. Van Den Bergh, Marjan W. Hofkes
      Pages 11-37
  4. Empirical Testing and Delinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Alberto Ansuategi, Edward Barbier, Charles Perrings
      Pages 139-164
  5. Measurement and Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. David Pearce, Giles Atkinson, Kirk Hamilton
      Pages 175-193
    3. Robert U. Ayres
      Pages 195-228
    4. Peter Nijkamp, Hans Ouwersloot
      Pages 255-273
  6. Policy and the International Dimension

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-328

About this book


There is widespread concern for long-term environmental issues in relation to economic processes and developments. Among the concerned scientists are economists, who have taken up the challenge to apply economic insights and tools for the study of long-term environment-economy interactions, and to give the concept of sustainable development 'economic hands and feet'. This book presents a pluralistic perspective on efforts, problems and successes in this area. This collection of papers was originally prepared for an international symposium titled Economic Modelling of Sustainable Development: Between Theory and Practice, which was hosted by the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, on December 20th 1996. The main motivation for this symposium was that the usefulness of the concept of sustainable development for theoretical and applied modelling is still being debated; growth theorists, resource economists, ecological economists, policy makers and many others are trying to deal with the concept in various, and sometimes conflicting, ways. The aim of the symposium was to bring together different theoretical and implementational perspectives on modelling for sustainable development. We hope that this volume will inform a wide audience about the perspectives and progress in this important area of research, as well as stimulate further research, notably on applied modelling and practical methods for the analysis of sustainable development at various (spatial) scales. The papers have, in due course, been revised several times based on comments made by discus­ sants, referees and the editors.


development economic growth growth sustainability sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeroen C. J. M. van den Bergh
    • 1
  • Marjan W. Hofkes
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Spatial EconomicsVrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5014-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3511-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-1019
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