A community maintains a fishery; a firm decides whether to get a green certification; you choose to fly home or stay here for spring break: behaviors of people and firms determine our impact on the environment. We’ll use economics to model environmental behavior and to consider how policies can help or hurt the environment. Topics we’ll study include: voluntary conservation, social norms and nudges, firm responses to mandatory and voluntary rules, and boycotts and divestment.
Format: seminar; Class sessions will largely consist of presentations and discussions of academic research papers, as well as lab sessions to work on empirical exercises; we may break the class into groups for some discussions
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
regular reading responses, empirical exercises, class participation, 2 oral presentations, and a final original research paper using an experiment, existing data, or theory
ECON 251 and (ECON 255 or STAT 346)
senior Economics majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
The research students will consume and produce in the class will be based on math-based theory and/or econometric-based empirical analysis.
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses