Environmental Protection and Economic Well-Being: The Economic Pursuit of Quality

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Contents
Preface to the New Editionxi
Preface to the Original Editionxiii
Acknowledgmentsxv
CHAPTER ONE: The Power and Mystique of Economics: Sharing the Power, Eliminating the Magic3
1.
The Misdefinition of Economics3
2.
The Power of Economics3
3.
The Distribution of the Power of Economics5
4.
The Historical Origins of the Power of Economics6
5.
Rejecting the Equation of Economics with Markets and Business8
6.
An Accurate and Adequate Definition of Economics9
7.
The Role of Quality and Subjective Judgment in Economics11
8.
When Is Quality Economic? Market and Nonmarket Pursuits of Quality12
9.
How We Look at the Local Economy: The "Economic Base" as a Distracting Vision15
10.
A Broader Vision of the Economic Base: Local Quality17
11.
Does It Matter Anyway? The Policy Implications of This Alternative Vision19
CHAPTER TWO: The Dominance of Quality in Economic Pursuits: Survival Needs, Food, and Health Care24
1.
Introduction: Necessity and Quality in Economics24
2.
The Economic Pursuit of Quality: An Impressionistic Overview25
3.
Food as a Necessity in Our Economy29
4.
Subjective Preferences and the Pursuit of Quality in Medical Care33
CHAPTER THREE: The Dominance of Quality in Economic Pursuits, Continued: Clothing, Housing, and Stone Age Economics40
1.
Protection from the Elements: Clothing Expenditures and the Pursuit of Necessity40

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