The Social Costs of Business Enterprise


348 pages | Paperback

ISBN: 978 0 85124 637 6



By K W Kapp
Edited by Michael Barratt Brown

Social Costs is an environmental classic. The main purpose of this book is to present a detailed study of how private enterprise, under conditions of unregulated competition, tends to impose social costs which are not accounted for in entrepreneurial outlays. Instead these costs are shifted to and borne by third persons and the community as a whole. Thus, this book deals at the same time with a specific technical economic question and with broad issues of social philosophy and economic knowledge.

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‘Kapp’s influence is growing in ecological economics. Social Costs is one of the greatest economics books of the 20th century.’

Julien-Fran´┐Żois Gerber
Department of Economics
Harvard University