THE POVERTY OF POLICY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: A WORKING PAPER

DEMAND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE AFFLUENT CLASSES TEND, IN A FREE MARKET SITUATION WITHOUT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION OR SOCIAL POLICY, TO DEPRESS THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE POOR. ("ENVIRONMENT" IS RESTRICTED TO ITS SIGNIFICANCE IN AIR, WATER, NOISE, WASTE DISPOSAL, ETC..) THE ELASTICITY OF THE SUPPLY OF AMENABLE ENVIRONMENT IS A FUNCTION OF THE CAPACITY OF THE ENVIRONMENT TO SUPPORT THE DEMAND AND OF THE WILLINGNESS OF USERS TO SPEND FOR ITS IMPROVEMENT. THESE TWO CONSTRAINTS TEND TO DISADVANTAGE THE POOR IN A PROGRESSIVE MANNER. THIS BEING THE CASE, THE ISSUES OF ENVIRONMENT AND POVERTY CANNOT BE SEPARATED EXCEPT VERBALLY AND FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS CAN BENEFIT THE POOR, BUT ONLY IF THEY ARE SENSITIVELY ADMINISTERED AND CONCEIVED IN A BROAD FRAMEWORK. CRITERIA FOR DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES ARE DISCUSSED. AN APPENDIX ILLUSTRATED THE THESIS OF THE PAPER BY SEPARATING THE DOLLAR BENEFITS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS OF THE FY 1968 FEDERAL BUDGET TO RICH, MIDDLE, AND POOR.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Exchange BiBLIOGRAPHY NO 139, 33 PP
  • Authors:
    • Krieger, M H
  • Publication Date: 1970-7

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  • Accession Number: 00240016
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 25 1971 12:00AM