A Survey of Economic-Ecological Models

Braat LC & Lierop WFJ van (1985). A Survey of Economic-Ecological Models. IIASA Collaborative Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: CP-85-046

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Abstract

This paper reports on a survey of economic-ecological models conducted by a research team from the Institute for Environmental Studies, Free University, Amsterdam (IvM) in cooperation with and supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg Austria.

The paper attempts to describe the state-of-the-art in economic-ecological modeling as derived from this survey. Various classifications have been used to this end. These are:

-- Classification of economic-ecological policy issues

-- Classification of phases in economic-ecological policy analysis

-- Classification of mathematical models used in the interface between economics and ecology

-- Classification concerning the internal structure of mathematical models

-- Classification concerning the relationships between economic and ecological models.

A combination of these classifications provides a framework for evaluating economic-ecological modeling. Special attention is paid to problems that economic-ecological modeling is still facing today, and some remarks are made on the perspectives of economic-ecological modeling.

In an extensive Appendix a catalogue of model summaries is presented. These summaries give a non-mathematical description of the model structure, model properties and the policy issue for each of the documented survey models. References to the model documentation are included.

The essence of this report will appear shortly in a state of the art book, edited by the authors of this paper. In addition, it will include introductions to economic, ecological and environmental modeling and analysis of integration techniques between economic and ecological submodels. The book will further contain a number of chapters presenting evaluations of models considered representative for those used in various fields of policy and management. The book has been designed to present a coherent picture of the origins, state and future of economic-ecological modeling.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Collaborative Paper)
Research Programs: Environment Program (ENV)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:56
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2016 09:23
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/2704

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