Mark Anderson ’74 on Why Putting a Dollar Value on the Environment is a Bad Idea (Bangor Daily News)

Mark Anderson ’74

Former University of Maine instructor Mark Anderson ’74 argues that conventional economic theory is not appropriate when it comes to putting a value on nature.

In Anderson’s column “Pennies for Puffins,” published in the Bangor Daily News public policy blog Stirring the Pot, Anderson described the efforts of some economists to assign monetary value to environmental protection.

“Expressing the values of nature in dollar terms,” he wrote, “crowds out the more profoundly important aspects of nature to our lives.”

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