ENVIRON 235 - Economics of Natural Resources and Environment
Section: 001
Term: WN 2019
Subject: Program in the Environment (ENVIRON)
Department: SNE Program in the Environment
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What role should government play in managing the Earth’s natural resources and ecosystems?

In this course, we will use economics as a lens through which to analyze the interaction between humans and the environment. We will learn the economics rationale for government regulation of environmental quality; we will identify the behavioral and institutional challenges to effective regulation; and we will explore the many policy tools at our disposal. You will become adept at applying economic intuition to all types of questions about the environment and, in the process, hone your analytical, writing, and communication skills.

In the first half of the course, we will master the economic theory and concepts that are common to many environmental policy contexts. In the second half, we will then apply what we have learned to today’s most important environmental topics. The emphasis will be on climate change, which many people see as the preeminent environmental issue of our time. We will learn how climate change challenges conventional economic analysis, and we will learn how governments have attacked this challenge so far. The causes and effects of climate change reach far and wide, and so in this part of the course, we will also study electricity markets, transportation, water pollution, and conservation, among other relevant topics. We will take as case studies several different countries with unique environmental and economic profiles, and we will additionally see how domestic markets and policies truly have global consequences.

ENVIRON 235 - Economics of Natural Resources and Environment
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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