Your projects

Your research project will be a central part of this course.  It will be a way for you to put the ideas of environmental economics into practice.

I’d like to give you three options for your project:

  • A traditional research paper, in which you analyze an environmental challenge, present the relevant theory associated with the problem, and propose a coherent policy solution. 10 or so pages; individual work
  • A community-based project, in which you work with a partner – in and around Middlebury or beyond – to help them achieve an environmentally-related outcome.  20 or so pages, with supporting material; group work (up to four people.)
  • A proposal for a real future project, in which you identify a problem, study social entrepreneurs and other who have taken on related problems in the past, and then propose a next set of steps for your team to actually take on the problem, in subsequent semesters.  20 or so pages, with supporting material; group work (up to four people.)

Some resources for this project include:



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