Environmental Economics

Numbering Code U-ECON00 20502 LE43 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year From 2nd to 4th year students Target Student
Language English Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name INOUE EMIKO (Hakubi Center for Advanced Research Program-Specific Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course introduces students to concepts, theories, and methods used in the economic analysis of environmental and natural resources issues. We will explore some of the environmental issues, and assess current policy responses to those problems by using economic concepts and theories.
Course Goals Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to expand your knowledge on environmental issues and acquire an understanding of the basic concepts in environmental economics.
Schedule and Contents While the first part of the course will focus on concepts and theories of environmental economics, the second part will apply them to the empirical cases including climate change, energy and natural resource use, and biodiversity loss. The following topics will be covered in the course.

[Schedule and Topics]
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Economics and the Environment
Week 3: Markets and the Environment
Week 4 & 5: Valuing the Environment: concepts and methods
Week 6 & 7: Environmental Policy
Week 8: Sustainable Development
Week 9: Trade and the Environment
Week 10-14: Environment Issues and Policy
Week 15: Review Session

This course relies on the contributions of all of the students. You are expected to participate in the discussions and give a presentation in English. At the end of the course, you will be required to submit an essay on environmental issues.
Evaluation Methods and Policy Attendance & discussion 30%
Presentation 30%
Essay 40%
Course Requirements Basic ability to communicate in English
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to do the suggested readings before the class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Readings will be announced on the first day of class.