Faber, Malte Frank, Karin Klauer, Bernd Manstetten, Reiner Schiller, Johannes Wissel, Christian
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Discussion Paper Series No. 395
University of Heidelberg, Department of Economics, Heidelberg
This essay develops the "concept of stocks" – a conceptual notion designed to enable a clearer understanding of the interaction between the dynamics of ecosystems and the economy. The notion of stocks is formulated in a general manner based on set theory. The central attribute of a stock is its temporal durability. Seen thus, stocks are suitable for depicting the influences a system’s history has on its present – and hence for analysing temporal developments. Since permanency is a temporal attribute, the concept of stocks is not specifically limited to individual scientific disciplines and is suitable for interdisciplinary analysis. The notion is applied to economic and ecological examples and generalised for stochastic sets. The hierarchical structure of actual ecological-economic systems can be analysed by distinguishing the stock perspective from a system view. The theory of stocks is a building block for the conceptual foundations of ecological economics.
Dynamics permanency system time scales population persistence