A quest for the economics of sustainability and the sustainability of economics

Matthias Ruth*

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This paper briefly reviews key insights from natural resource and environmental economics, ecological economics and industrial ecology in an effort to identify the major contributions of these fields to the understanding and promotion of sustainable development. Each is based on overlapping worldviews, methods and tools. Their synthesis and extension-subsumed under the rubric of 'Natural Economics'-is suggested as a new thrust in environmental research, offering valuable guides to policy making. An early illustration of the application of natural economics in New Zealand is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-342
Number of pages11
JournalEcological Economics
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2006


  • Ecological economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Industrial ecology
  • Natural economics
  • Resource economics
  • Sustainable development

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