A Public Good Perspective on the Rural Environment: Theory and History

Martijn van der Heide, Wim Heijman

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Abstract

The literature on the theory of public goods is voluminous. This chapter provides an overview of public goods related to rural amenities. Many of these amenities tend to be non-exclusive and rival (e.g. forests and irrigation systems), exclusive and subject to some rivalry (e.g. nature reserves) or non-exclusive and non-rival (e.g. scenic views and clean air and water). Many beneficiaries of these amenities choose not to pay and will free ride on the efforts and activities of others (such as farmers and agro-foresters). This can present a problem for provision. Hence, rural amenities require collective action to be properly and efficiently provided since the logic of individual interests results in a socially less than optimum response.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEU Bioeconomy Economics and Policies
EditorsL. Dries, W. Heijman, R. Jongeneel, K. Purnhagen, J. Wesseler
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave
Chapter7
Pages93-128
ISBN (Electronic)9783030286422
ISBN (Print)9783030286415
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2019

Publication series

NamePalgrave Advances in Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies
ISSN (Print)2524-5848
ISSN (Electronic)2524-5856

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    van der Heide, M., & Heijman, W. (2019). A Public Good Perspective on the Rural Environment: Theory and History. In L. Dries, W. Heijman, R. Jongeneel, K. Purnhagen, & J. Wesseler (Eds.), EU Bioeconomy Economics and Policies (pp. 93-128). (Palgrave Advances in Bioeconomy: Economics and Policies). Palgrave. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-28642-2_7