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Conservation Economics and Ecological Economics: Aldo Leopold’s Unrealised Proposals to Rethink Economics

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During his career, Aldo Leopold (1887–1948) witnessed several cases of land degradation that were caused by unbridled economic activity. I present two sets of draft proposals prepared by Leopold for the purpose of rethinking economics along conservation and ecological principles. The first is a set of four draft prospectuses written during the 1930s to pursue research on “conservation economics.” The focus here was on developing economic tools to promote conservation. The second is a draft memo written in late 1947 to propose creating a position in “ecological economics” at the University of Wisconsin, with the conservationist William Vogt (1902–1968) as candidate. Leopold was inspired by Vogt’s work on analyzing the human-land interaction in Latin America according to ecological principles. Leopold’s attempt to engage Vogt is an example of how conservation thinking in the United States was influenced by international conservation work. Unfortunately, Leopold died suddenly in April 1948.

Leopold’s proposals to rethink economics reflect his keen observation on the necessary changes in economic thinking to align economic thought and practice with ecological principles. They also underscore his drive to transform society’s relationship with the land and enrich our understanding of his writings in A Sand County Almanac.
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Lin, Qi Feng. "Conservation Economics and Ecological Economics: Aldo Leopold’s Unrealised Proposals to Rethink Economics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Annual Conference, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, <Not Available>. 2018-01-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1171318_index.html>

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Lin, Q. "Conservation Economics and Ecological Economics: Aldo Leopold’s Unrealised Proposals to Rethink Economics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASEH Annual Conference, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2018-01-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1171318_index.html

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Abstract: During his career, Aldo Leopold (1887–1948) witnessed several cases of land degradation that were caused by unbridled economic activity. I present two sets of draft proposals prepared by Leopold for the purpose of rethinking economics along conservation and ecological principles. The first is a set of four draft prospectuses written during the 1930s to pursue research on “conservation economics.” The focus here was on developing economic tools to promote conservation. The second is a draft memo written in late 1947 to propose creating a position in “ecological economics” at the University of Wisconsin, with the conservationist William Vogt (1902–1968) as candidate. Leopold was inspired by Vogt’s work on analyzing the human-land interaction in Latin America according to ecological principles. Leopold’s attempt to engage Vogt is an example of how conservation thinking in the United States was influenced by international conservation work. Unfortunately, Leopold died suddenly in April 1948.

Leopold’s proposals to rethink economics reflect his keen observation on the necessary changes in economic thinking to align economic thought and practice with ecological principles. They also underscore his drive to transform society’s relationship with the land and enrich our understanding of his writings in A Sand County Almanac.


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