Environment and Development Economics

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The political economy of innovation and technological change

David Zilberman

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, 337 Giannini Hall, Berkeley CA 94720, USA. Tel: 510-290-9515. Email: [email protected]

Population growth and growing incomes in developing and developed countries are leading to increased demand for energy and food, placing significant stress on the environment. At the same time, the increased scarcity of natural resources, and especially concerns about climate change and other environmental side effects, are constraining the traditional supplies of food and fuel. Failure to provide both energy and food in an affordable as well as in an environmentally sustainable manner, as well as climate change, will negatively affect our society, especially the global poor. Finding solutions to food energy problems is both a policy and technological challenge.