EC465 – Spring 2016

Welcome to this senior seminar. The objective of this seminar is that each student achieves fluency in a set of advanced concepts in environmental economics. In order to do this, we will study a selected set of journal articles and books; participate in seminar discussions of these articles; and write and present papers on a range of topics.

The course is divided into three main sections. In the first five weeks, we will introduce the core theory and policy implications of environmental economics. These include the theory of externalities and its policy implications; the Coasian perspective on property rights; and an economic approach to sustainability. In the next five weeks, we will study some selected topics: the design of market-friendly environmental policies; the economics of fisheries; environmental degradation and economic growth; the natural resource curse; environmental policy and firm performance; management of common pool resources; the environmental implications of more open trade regimes; and the challenge of global climate change.  In our final two weeks, you will present your research.

I look forward to this class


Jonathan Isham
Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship
118 South Main Street.
Office hours: Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 – 12:00