Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Melanie B. Marks, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Raymond T. Brastow, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Danette Y. Carlton


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.


You can find a bound copy in Greenwood Library. It can be foundhere.



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