Environmental and Resource Economics

Instructor: 
Time I: 
Monday, 12:00pm to 02:00pm
Time II: 
Tuesday, 02:00pm to 03:00pm
Venue I: 
online
Venue II: 
online
Description: 

How to deal with environmental pollution and overuse of natural resources, like climate change, declining fish stocks or fossil fuel reserves? This course develops an economic perspective on the analysis of and ways to deal with external effects and intertemporal trade-offs – being the root of many public good and open access problems centered around emissions of pollutants and extraction of renewable or non-renewable resources. The course covers a now established literature stemming from an originally neoclassical approach to sustainability problems, and integrates it with complementary approaches, in particular from institutional economics (e.g. the work of Elinor Ostrom), and from systems science.

Participating students follow lectures and discuss topics in seminars on the basic theory, combined with method training in dynamic optimization, game theory and institutional analysis. They team-up in groups to conduct a study on governing a particular self-selected environmental or resource problem.

More information can be found in the attached syllabus and on Moodle: https://moodle.hu-berlin.de/enrol/index.php?id=101445

Credits: 
6.00
Program: 
Semester: 
Spring 2021
Affiliation: 
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin