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Submitted by Saliha Dobardzic on
The argument is pretty elegant, but I have issue with some of the underlying assumptions. Prof. Collier seems to give the "radical environmentalist" the same weight in terms of influence as the utilitarian economists -- this is simply not the case. In addition, he makes what appears to me a simplistic binary split between the utilitarians and the nature romantics -- whereas many consider themselves utilitarians who realized that it is actually "utile" for the humans to manage nature in a way that is sustainable, including and certainly not limited to conservation. Definitely could be interesting reading to a novice in natural resource/environmental economics, and conservation.