Schedule and assignments

All of our required events are here. And you must attend two of the five special events listed here.

Week 1

Tuesday, February 12

Thursday, February 14

Be ready to present and discuss in class a game theory version of Hardin’s tragedy of the commons.  And be ready to discuss how one might overcome the tragedy of the commons for, say, the over-exploitation of a fishery.

Week 2

Tuesday, February 19th

Thursday, February 21st

  • Special event #3:  “The Production and Emission of Methane by Living Trees.”
    Kristofer Covey, PhD. Candidate, Silviculture and Biogeochemistry, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 12:30 – 1:30, Hillcrest 103 for the Howard E. Woodin Colloquium.
  • Special event #4: “Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.” 4:30 pm BiHall 216
  • Due in by email and in Isham’s Hillcrest mailbox: a two-page paper proposal

Week 3

Tuesday, February 26th

  • Baumol, William J. and Wallace E. Oates. 1988. The Theory of Environmental Policy (Chapter 3.) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ERES

Thursday, February 28th

Be ready to present and explain in class the rancher-farmer example as an illustration of the Coase Theorem.

Week 4

Tuesday, March 5th

  • Meeting with Brenda Ellis in the Davis Library lab (room 105)

Thursday, March 7th

  • Ostrom, Elinor. 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (all on ERES).
    • Chapters 1 – “Reflections on the Commons”
    • Chapter 3 – “Analyzing Long-Enduring CPRs.” (first part – pp. 58 – 88 – sent by email; second part – pp. 88-102 – found on ERES.)
  • Review of two journal articles (due in class)

Week 5

Tuesday, March 12th

Thursday, March 14th

Week 6

Tuesday, March 19th

  • Review period for mid-term exam

Thursday, March 21st

  • Mid-term exam

SPRING BREAK (Week of March 25th)

Week 7

Tuesday, April 2nd

Thursday, April 4th

Week 8

Tuesday, April 9th

Thursday, April 11th

Week 9

Monday, April 15th – first draft of paper due

Tuesday, April 16th

Thursday, April 18th

Week 10

Monday, April 22nd – peer review of paper due

Tuesday, April 23rd

  • Barnes, chapters 1 – 5

Thursday, April 25th

Week 11

Monday, April 29th – final draft of papers due

Tuesday, April 30th

  • Paper presentations: Will, Trevor, and Jessica

Thursday, May 2nd

  • Paper presentations: Jesse, Jack, Emily, and Luke

Week 12

Tuesday, May 7th

  • Paper presentations: Owen, Fielding, Andrew, Joe, and Charlie K

Thursday, May 9th

  • Paper presentations: Zach, Vivian and Charlie W.

Exam period:

Final exam/policy paper



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