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Ecological Economics Lecture 08 Rui Mota Researcher Tiago Domingos Assistant Professor Environment and Energy Section Department of Mechanical Engineering.

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1 Ecological Economics Lecture 08 Rui Mota Researcher Tiago Domingos Assistant Professor Environment and Energy Section Department of Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Program and Advanced Degree in Sustainable Energy Systems Doctoral Program in Mechanical Engineering Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering

2 What is Sustainable Development? Brundtland report (1987) – “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own need.” –Intra- and inter-generational equity –Anthropocentric Sustainability of what? –non-declining aggregate output or consumption, –non-declining utility, –non-declining aggregate resources (productive base), –non-increasing pollution, … Weak vs. Strong Sustainability We choose non-declining utility as the criterion for sustainable development –some call this Weak Sustainability, but we don’t agree –this still misses the intra-generational component What is green net national income (GNNI) and what does it measure? What is genuine saving and what does it measure?

3 World Bank’s Adjusted Net Savings (Genuine Savings) ANS measure the true rate of savings in an economy after taking into account investment in human capital, depletion of natural resources and damage caused by pollution. ANS time series can be downloaded for 140 countries. ( ) Beyond GDP, European Comission ( ) Which indices are most appropriate to measure progress, and how these can best be integrated into the decision-making process and taken up by public debate. “We cannot face the challenges of the future with the tools of the past. It's time to go beyond GDP.” Durão Barroso Extending European National Accounts to environmental and social issues OECD work on alternative measures of welfare ( ) Extending GDP to include leisure time and inequality. Stiglitz Commission ( ) Identify the limits of GDP as an indicator of economic performance and social progress. SEEA 2003, United Nations ( ) Satellite system of the System of National Accounts that brings together economic and environmental information in a common framework to measure the contribution of the environment to the economy and vice-versa. Alternative measures of well-being

4 World Bank’s Genuine Savings

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9 Resource Curse: Countries dependent on natural resources tend to depict unsustainable development (negative GS).

10 World Bank’s Wealth Estimates

11 Multisector Optimal Growth m-dimensional consumption bundle, including everything that influences well-being. –Includes all non-market commodities, e.g, produced at home, environmental services, … n-dimensional capital vector: –Includes man-made capital, natural resources, human capital (education and knowledge) and foreign capital. Time is included as a capital, to depict technological progress in production. Attainable production possibilities The model s.t.

12 Criteria for Sustainability, Pezzey (2004) EDE An economy is sustainable at time t if and only if the representative agent’s current utility does not exceed the maximum level of utility which can be sustained forever from t onwards. One-sided sustainability test: un-sustainable development. Multisector results in real terms. –Real Net Income, –Genuine Saving, – Consumption Investment Variation in Real Net Income Variation in Welfare

13 Welfare Relationships Both Genuine Savings and Green NNI are related to future consumption. These relationships can be used to empirically check the theory. If genuine saving is negative (or green NNI deacreases) then current consumption will decrease in the future.

14 Small Open Economy Include –stocks of commercial forests, –welfare costs of air emissions, The capital stocks are : –Domestic man-made capital, –Net foreign capital held privately or by the government, –Stock of commercial natural resources Production r – interest rate

15 Small Open Economy Households’ utility function depends on material consumption rate and (negatively) on the flow of emissions The vector of emissions depends on production and abatement expenditure. Maximize welfare subject to the above relations and having as controls consumption,, all forms of extraction,, abatement expenditure and trade balance. Conventional (SNA) NNI: Green Net National Income: Genuine Saving (Adjusted Net Saving):

16 Small Open Economy – Table of symbols Consumption rate at time t Utility Rate of emissions of air pollutants Production function Abatement expenditure Extraction of natural resources for domestic use, exports and from imports. Imports - Exports Constant nominal interest rate Stock of resources Man-made capital, Resource price Constant real interest rate Cost of extraction of resource Marginal cost of abatement = Marginal damage cost Marginal cost of abatement Net foreign capital


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