Measuring Sustainable Development in Asia

Authored by: Masayuki Sato

The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Economics in Asia

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415656450
eBook ISBN: 9781315746289
Adobe ISBN: 9781317597872


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Sustainable development is one of the most important concepts in discussing society’s future. In the economic literature, this concept was introduced in the 1970s, then gradually became a key concept following the publication of the Rome Club’s seminal report “Limits to Growth” (Meadows et al. 1972) and the double oil shocks in 1973 and 1979. The seminal definition of sustainable development was provided by the Brundtland report (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987). This report defines sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Subsequently, many researchers have examined whether or not modern society is sustainable from economic, social, and environmental perspectives.

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