Date of Award

12-17-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Melanie B. Marks, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Raymond T. Brastow, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Danette Y. Carlton

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to incorporate economics into lectures on environmental issues. This guide introduces several environmental issues, discusses the laws and regulations governing these issues, and discusses the economic instruments discussed in this guide are those that have been incorporated into environmental laws. These instruments allow environmental protection goals to be met at the least cost. Economic instruments are more flexible than command and control regulations and allow firms to choose the least cost method of reaching goals. Economic instruments also encourage advances in new technology. Students will be more receptive to the concept of using economics to help solve environmental problems if economic solutions are presented with environmental issues. This guide provides teachers with an understanding of the complex issues surrounding environmental protection and economic development.

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