R. David Simpson is an economist with the National Center for Environmental Economics, United States Environmental Protection Agency Michael Toman is a senior economist in the environment division of the sustainable development department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). At the time this book was written, he was a senior fellow at Resources for the Future, where he worked for over 20 years. Robert U. Ayres has been a professor of engineering and public policy at Carnegie-Mellon University and a Sandoz Professor of Economics and Technology Management at INSEAD, in France. He is currently an Institute Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria and a professor of environmental science at Chalmers Institute of Technology, Goteborg University, and Kalmar University.
'[The authors] look at the current state of research in the scarcity of natural resources. The focus is on defining and examining the implications of resource scarcity and assessing the role of policy in minimizing its impact. . . . This work would serve as a worthy supplement to an environmental policy course or as a stand alone text in a seminar on scarcity. . . . Highly recommended.' Choice