FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2002 .032

National Environmental Policy During the ClintonYears


Authors: Robert N. Stavins, Sheila M. Cavanagh, Robert W. Hahn
Series: Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Type: Journal
Keywords: environmental policy
JEL: Harvard Environmental Law Review

Abstract

We review major developments in national environmental policy during the Clinton Administration, defining environmental policy to include not only the statutes, regulations, and policies associated with reducing pollution, but also major issues of public lands management and species preservation. We adopt economic criteria for policy assessment — principally efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and distributional equity. While the paper is primarily descriptive, we highlight a set of themes that emerge in the economics of national environmental policy over the past decade.

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