We’ll use economics to learn why we harm the environment and overuse natural resources, and what we can do about it. We’ll talk about whether and how we can put a dollar value on nature and ecosystem services. We’ll study cost benefit analysis, pollution in general, climate change, environmental justice, natural resources (like fisheries, forests, and fossil fuels), and energy. We will take an economic approach to global sustainability, and study the relationship between the environment and economic growth and trade. Consideration of justice and equity will be woven through the whole semester.
Format: lecture; We will likely use small, focused discussion groups in combination with lectures
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
problem sets, short essays, final paper; intermediate assignments may include poster, presentation, brief writing assignment
ECON 110 or equivalent
first-year and sophomore students
this course will count toward both the Environmental Studies major and concentration
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
We will use formal theory expressed in math and graphs, perform calculations, and consume statistical data.