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Quantifying Sustainable Development

The Future of Tropical Economies

Authors: Charles A.S. Hall, Patrick Van Laake, Carlos Leon Perez, Gregoire Leclerc Publisher: Elsevier Science Publication date: 2000 Publication language: Angielski Number of pages: 791 Publication formats: EAN: 9780080492216 ISBN: 9780080492216 Category: Sustainability Applied ecology Agriculture & farming Object-oriented programming (OOP) Ecological science, the Biosphere Library, archive & information management Environmental science, engineering & technology 3D graphics & modelling International economics Publisher's index: B978-0-12-318860-1.X5000-X Bibliographic note: -


Until recently, the phenomenal economic development of the Asian tigers, Chile, and Malaysia, as well as the sustained economic growth of the United States, painted a very desirable and optimistic picture of free markets, fiscal responsibility, and, more generally, the entire dogma of neoclassical economics. As of the fall of 1998, however, the economies of many tropical countries have contracted severely, and the enthusiasm of the developing tropics for the free market and all of its ancillary policies is decidedly cooler. Have our traditional approaches to economics been failing the developing world?
This interdisciplinary book covers the conditions of the developing tropics, the resistance of some of their problems to earlier attempts at solutions, and the use of new tools to develop a much more comprehensive and empirical framework for analysis and decision making. It also presents the development of cutting edge technology that links GIS and modeling approaches with extensive databases on meteorology, soils, agricultural production, and land use. The book discusses whether development is sustainable through a synthesis of demographic, economic, and resource-specific considerations. Costa Rica is uniquely suited to this study because of its size, stage of development, democratic institutions, and national databases.
A CD-ROM containing all data and programs, color images, animated models, large data tables, and references accompanies the book.

  • Links economic and biophysical analyses of sustainability
  • Presents new tools and approaches for analysis and decision-making
  • Includes a CD-ROM containing data and programs, color images, animated models, and references


  • Front Cover 2
  • Quantifying Sustainable Development: The Future of Tropical Economies 5
  • Contents 7
  • Contributors 17
  • Foreword 21
  • Preface 25
  • Section I: Introduction: The Tropics—Paradise Imperiled? 31
    • Chapter 1. The Changing Tropics 33
      • I. Introduction 33
      • II. The Industrialization of Agriculture 33
      • III. The Increasing Need for Foreign Exchange 40
      • IV. Tropical Environmental Issues and Their Economic Consequences 42
      • V. Has Development Failed? 43
      • VI. Was Conventional Economics the Wrong Tool to Guide Development? 43
      • VII. Sustainable Development, the New Silver Bullet 44
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