Sector-Level Decisions in a Sustainability-Constrained Economy Academic Article uri icon


  • Despite two decades of debate, there remains little consensus about what sustainability is, and how it should be achieved. Economists primarily portray sustainability as a macro-level concern, but there has been less attention on the implications of this social objective for policies related to the management of individual resources. This paper derives guidance for sector-level planning and project analysis from a macro-level norm of intergenerational fairness. Optimal sustainable management involves making tradeoffs between sectors. We derive a criteria for sector-level planning and project analysis that help make those tradeoffs without losing site of the sustainability goal.

published proceedings

  • Land Economics

author list (cited authors)

  • Woodward, R. T., & Bishop, R. C.

citation count

  • 7

complete list of authors

  • Woodward, Richard T||Bishop, Richard C

publication date

  • February 2003