ENVI 387
Economics of Climate Change Spring 2023
Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Cross-listed ECON 387 / ECON 522
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This course introduces the economic view of climate change, including both theory and empirical evidence. Given the substantial changes implied by the current stock of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, we will begin by looking at impacts on agriculture, health, income, and migration. We will consider the distribution of climate damages across poor and wealthy people, both within and across countries. Next we will study adaptation, including capital investments and behavioral changes. We will examine the sources of climate change, especially electricity generation and transportation, and think about optimal policies. Throughout the course we will discuss the limits of the economic approach, pointing out normative questions on which economic theory provides little guidance.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3698
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, midterm, group presentation, final exam
Prerequisites: ECON 251, familiarity with statistics
Enrollment Preferences: Junior/Senior Economics majors and CDE fellows
Distributions: Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ECON 387 Division II ECON 522 Division II ENVI 387 Division II
QFR Notes: The course involves simple calculus-based theory and applied statistics.
Attributes: ENVI Environmental Policy
MAST Interdepartmental Electives
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses

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