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Inequality as a Cause of Environmental Degradation

James Boyce

Published Studies from Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Abstract: This paper advances two hypotheses. First, the extent of an environmentally degrading economic activity is a function of the balance of power between the winners, who derive net benefits from the activity, and the losers, who bear net costs. Second, greater inequalities of power and wealth lead, all else equal, to more environmental degradation.

Date: 1994
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