Ecological vs. Environmental Economics

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Emanuele Campiglio
Economics researcher
New Economics Foundation, London UK
8 July 2011

Economists who deal with environmental issues tend to fall into one of two opposing camps. But both sides have important contributions to make. nef is working to bridge the gap and create an economics that is both radical and based on reliable methodological foundations.

During the last month I’ve attended a couple of interesting conferences. First there was the Ecological Economics Conference held in Istanbul, then the Environmental Economics one in Rome. For those who are not familiar with these concepts, both disciplines are involved in investigating the connections between the socio-economic system and the environment, although their styles are profoundly different. Environmental economists use neoclassical mainstream methodology while ecological economists criticize this reductionist approach and try to include broader socio-economic features into their analysis.

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