Is Free Market Environmentalism "Mainstream"?


Is Free Market Environmentalism "Mainstream"?

By Terry L. Anderson and Jane S. Shaw

Is free market environmentalism part of "mainstream" environmental economics, or is it just "one school"? The answer is that it may have been just "one school" when it was introduced in the late 1970s, but it has become part of the mainstream.

Many mainstream economists have found that the well-accepted principles that explain market behavior and underlie prosperity also explain environmental problems and offer ways to solve them

This essay is from a PERC book titled "A Blueprint for Environmental Education." (It is now out of print)

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Terry Anderson is the William A. Dunn Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President and Executive Director of PERC as well as the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He believes that market approaches can be both economically sound and environmentally sensitive. His research helped launch the...
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Before joining PERC, Jane Shaw was a journalist who had developed an uneasy feeling that much of the commentary about environmental policy that she read--and even some that she wrote--was tilted in the wrong direction. The usual solution to an environmental problem was to turn it over to the government. She had become uncomfortable with this...
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