On Environmental Risk Management: The Interactions of Economic and Noneconomic Factors

  • Yasuhiro SakaiEmail author
Part of the New Frontiers in Regional Science: Asian Perspectives book series (NFRSASIPER, volume 24)


This paper aims to discuss environmental risk management from a new point of view. Although there is a growing literature dealing with the relation between the economy and the environment in the absence of risk and uncertainty, it is quite unfortunate that the effects of a variety of risk factors on such a relation have not been intensively investigated by social scientists. Before 11 March 2011, most people believed in the myth of absolute safety. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake really took place, however, their concept of risk for nuclear power generation has been changed completely. What was once regarded as unthinkable may be a thinkable reality. This clearly indicates the necessity for studying environmental risk management in a new perspective. It is shown that mere applications of the conventional expected utility theory would possibly result in wrong conclusions. In order to newly establish a more realistic theory of decision making under conditions of uncertainty, this paper attempts to combine both economic and noneconomic factors in a more general framework than ever before. There remain many other possibilities for future research.


Environment Risk management Noneconomic factors Nuclear power plant 



This paper is partly funded by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology through Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) No. 25512010. Thanks are also due to Mr. Masashi Tajima and staff members of the Center for Risk Research, Shiga University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EconomicsShiga UniversityHikoneJapan

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