Recommended Reading List for Ecological Economics

A slightly edited version borrowed from the United States Society for Ecological Economics

General Books about Ecological and Alternative Economics

  • The Progress Illusion, by Jon Erickson
  • Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered, by EF Schumacher
  • What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz
  • Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene, Peter G. Brown and Peter Timmerman, eds.
  • Enough is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, by Rob Dietz, Dan O’Neill, and Herman Daly
  • Governing the Commons: the Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action, by Elinor Ostrom
  • Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st Century Economist, Kate Raworth
  • Supply Shock: Economic Growth at the Crossroads and the Steady State Solution, by Brian Czech
  • Best of The Daly News: Selected Essays from the Leading Blog in Steady State Economics, by Brian Czech
  • Shoveling Fuel for a Runaway Train: Errant Economists, Shameful Spenders, and a Plan to Stop Them All, by Brian Czech
  • Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, by Herman Daly
  • Steady-State Economics, 2nd edition, by Herman Daly
  • Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources, by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill
  • The Great Disruption, by Paul Gilding
  • Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet, by Tim Jackson

Bio-Physical Limitations

  • The Myth of Progress, by Tom Wessells
  • Beyond Growth: The Economics of Sustainable Development, by Herman Daly
  • Collapse, by Jared Diamond
  • Paradise for Sale: A Parable of Nature, by Carl McDaniel and John Gowdy
  • Planetary Economics, by Michael Grubb


Readings recommended by Jon Erickson

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