Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

by Jonathan M. Harris & Brian Roach


The fifth edition of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach has been published by Routledge. The new edition deals with the fast-changing economics of energy and climate, the rapid expansion of renewable energy, and issues of land management, as well as updating all data and presenting recent research on environmental issues.

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Sample chapters:


  • Updated information from the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Report on air, climate change, biodiversity, oceans, land, and water
  • Expanded treatment of chemicals and plastics pollution
  • Expanded discussion of policies for sustainable development


  • The chapter has been almost entirely rewritten to reflect recent energy developments.
  • Data on the dramatic declines in the cost of solar and wind energy.
  • New focus on energy inequality and the energy challenges of developing countries.
  • New projections for “sustainable scenario” energy futures with decline in global demand.

Table of Contents

Student Supplements
Chapter Review Questions
Web-Based Exercises


This text introduces students to the expanding field of ecological economics. It balances coverage of standard environmental economics topics with a global perspective on current ecological issues such as population growth, global climate change, “green” national income accounting, and the relationship between trade and the environment. Order via Routledge.

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Sample chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Changing Perspectives on the Environment
    Updated presentation of environmental and ecological economics 
  • Chapter 11: Energy: The Great Transition
    A focus on recent trends in renewable energy

Student Supplements
Chapter Review Questions
Web-Based Exercises

Updates on contemporary issues:
GDAE’s Theory and Education Program offers a series of short (1-3 page) updates on contemporary environmental and natural resource economics issues. They serve as extensions to the material covered within the textbook authored by Harris & Roach.

New material in Fourth Edition:
Note the chapter numbering has changed from the third edition. See Table of Contents.

  • The former Chapter 6 on valuing the environment has been expanded to create a new Chapter 7 on cost-benefit analysis.
  • Revised chapter ordering: the chapter on Pollution Analysis and Policy becomes Chapter 8 to facilitate dealing with analytical material in the first half of the course.
  • Energy and Climate chapters expanded and reorganized to create a new section on “Energy, Climate Change, and Greening the Economy”, focusing on the rapid spread of renewable energy, the increased urgency of climate change and new policies to respond to it, including the Paris Agreement and recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports, and addressing the broader questions involved in developing an economy compatible with environmental sustainability.
  • New, expanded and updated material on population, agriculture, forests, fisheries, water systems, and other major topics. 

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“The book is simply great! It is really one of a kind. It fills an important need in the field, which will become more and more important in the future, no doubt – integrating standard environmental economics and ecological economics. The book is very clear, very informative, flows very well, and indeed is written as a very interesting and fascinating story. The students like it. The additional materials that come with the book are also very good. In short, job well done!

-Rafael Reuveny, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University

“An important achievement. This is a carefully crafted textbook that should appeal to students from the natural sciences, as well as those from economics and other social sciences. The text covers a number of important topics that most texts neglect, including agricultural sustainability, the relationship between trade and the environment, and the role of local and national institutions in promoting environment-friendly development. The tone of the book is formal yet friendly, and the layout of text, tables, and figures is top notch. Each chapter includes numerous useful links to material on the worldwide web. This book should prove popular with students and instructors alike.”

-Gerald Shively, Purdue University

“I think that you have written the perfect introductory text covering environmental and natural resource economics. The production is first-rate – very clear and uncluttered, excellent diagrams and examples, well thought out discussion questions and problems. The choice and sequence of topics is excellent and you have provided for the right balance between the neoclassical and ecological approaches. It is a most appealing text.”

-Prof. Steven Kemp, Curtin University, Australia