ECON 477
Economics of Environmental Behavior
Last Offered Fall 2022
Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed ENVI 376
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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 assess how policies can help or hurt the environment. Topics may study include: common pool resources, voluntary conservation, social norms and nudges, discrimination and justice, rationality, firm responses to mandatory and voluntary rules, voting and public opinion, and boycotts and divestment. We’ll also build familiarity with the main methodologies of modern economic research: theoretical modeling, empirical analysis of observational data, and experiments.
The Class: 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
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1698
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: regular reading markup, empirical exercises, class participation, 2 oral presentations, and a final original research paper using an experiment, existing data, or theory
Prerequisites: ECON 251 and (ECON 255 or STAT 346)
Enrollment Preferences: senior Economics majors
Distributions: Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 376 Division II ECON 477 Division II
QFR Notes: The research students will consume and produce in the class will be based on math-based theory and/or econometric-based empirical analysis.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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