ECON 213
Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Spring 2024
Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed ENVI 213
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We’ll use economics to examine why we harm the environment and overuse natural resources, and what we can do about it. We’ll study cost benefit analysis, pollution in general, climate change, environmental justice, natural resources (like fisheries, forests, and fossil fuels), and energy. We’ll talk about how economists put a dollar value on nature and ecosystem services (as well as human health and life!), and the concerns involved in doing so. We will take an economic approach to global sustainability, and study the relationship between the environment and economic growth. Consideration of justice and equity will be woven throughout the whole semester.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3748
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, short essays, final paper; intermediate assignments may include a poster, one or more short presentation(s), other brief writing assignment(s)
Prerequisites: ECON 110 or equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: first-year and sophomore students
Unit Notes: this course will count toward both the Environmental Studies major and concentration
Distributions: Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ECON 213 Division II ENVI 213 Division II
QFR Notes: We will use formal theory expressed in math and graphs, perform calculations, and consume statistical data.
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
EVST Social Science/Policy
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
POEC Depth

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