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Title: Environmental capacity constraints in macroeconomic policy analysis

Authors: Dodo J. Thampapillai

Addresses: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Abstract: This paper deals with the conceptualisation of environmental capital (KN) as an explicit argument in frameworks that exposit economic growth and performance. The omission of KN represents a major flaw in macroeconomic policy analysis because the recognition of KN affects the determination of productive capacity. Empirical illustrations are offered with reference to Australia, Korea and the USA. In the case of the Australian economy, policy decisions are possibly being evaluated on income domains that exceed the productive capacity dictated by KN.

Keywords: environmental capital; capital depreciation; internalisation; macroeconomics; capacity constraints; economic growth; economic performance; productive capacity; Australia; Korea; USA; United States; macroeconomic policy; policy analysis.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWE.2008.022254

International Journal of Environment, Workplace and Employment, 2008 Vol.4 No.1, pp.1 - 14

Published online: 24 Dec 2008 *

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