- Week 1
Monday, September 9
- Introduction to the course
- Father Guido Sarducci’s ‘Five Minute University.’
Wednesday, September 11
- Fullerton, Don and Robert N. Stavins. 1998. “How Economists See the Environment.” Nature 395 (October 1, 1998): 433-34. (Stavins, Chapter 1)
- Sandmo, Agnar. 2015. “The Early History of Environmental Economics.” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 9(1): 43-63
Monday, September 16
- Stavins, Robert N. “The Problem of the Commons: Still Unsettled after 100 Years.” American Economic Review101, no. 1 (2011): 81–108. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.1.81.
- “A Tale of Two Fisheries.” John Tierney. The New York Times (August 27th, 2000).
Wednesday, September 18
- Coman, Katharine. “Some Unsettled Problems of Irrigation.” American Economic Review101, no. 1 (2011): 36–48. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.1.36.
- Ostrom, Elinor. “Reflections on ‘Some Unsettled Problems of Irrigation.’” American Economic Review101, no. 1 (2011): 49–63. https://doi.org/10.1257/aer.101.1.49.
- Two-page paper proposal due in class
Monday, September 23
- Coman and Ostrom (continued)
Wednesday, September 25
- Discussion leaders: Nina and Molly
- Baumol, William J. and Wallace E. Oates. 1988. The Theory of Environmental Policy (Chapter 3.) Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ERES
Monday, September 30
- Discussion leaders: Helene and Kate
- Coase, Ronald. 1960. “The Problem of Social Cost.” The Journal of Law and Economics.
Wednesday, October 1
- Discussion leaders: Blake and Will N.
- Langewiesche, William. 2000. “The Shipbreakers” The Atlantic Monthly; August 2000; 00.08; Volume 286, No. 2; page 31-49.
- Ostrom, Elinor. 1990. Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action.
Monday, October 7
- Discussion leaders: Raquel and Maddy
- Solow, Robert. 1992. “An Almost Practical Step Toward Sustainability.” Paper presented at Resources for the Future, Washington, DC. (also on ERES)
- Review of two journal articles
- Discussion leaders: Jacqueline and Connor
- “The Delusion and Danger of Infinite Economic Growth: How economists came to ignore the natural world.” Christopher F. Jones. The New Republic. October 1, 2019
- Dasgupta, Susmita et al. 2002. “Confronting the Environmental Kuznets Curve.” Journal of Economic Perspectives 16 (1): 147-68.
- Isham, Jonathan, et al. 2005. “The Varieties of the Resource Experience.” The World Bank Economic Review 9 (2): 141-74
Monday, October 14
- Mid-term exam
Wednesday, October 16
- No class. Walk in hours with Ryan Clement on Friday, October 20 from 1 – 3 in the Davis Library.
Wednesday, October 23
- Discussion leaders: Will C. and Elisa
- Kurlansky, Mark. Cod: a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World. New York: Penguin Books, 1997.
- Annotated bibliography due by 5:00PM on Friday, October 25.
Monday, October 28
- Workshopping of papers. Bring in the ‘envisioning’ sheet, your annotated bibliography, and an electronic copy of the pre-draft of your paper.
Wednesday, October 30
- Discussion leaders: Hollis and Trevor
- “The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Kenneth Gillingham and James H. Stock. Journal of Economic Perspectives 32(4), Fall 2018 (pp. 53-72)
- “Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels?” Thomas Covert, Michael Greenstone, and Christopher Knittel. Journal of Economic Perspectives 30(1), Winter 2016 (pp. 117-138).
- “A Green New Deal Is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question.” Lisa Friedman and Trip Gabriel. The New York Times (August 27th, 2000).
Monday, November 4
- Discussion leaders: Max and Professor Isham
- “The Energy, Economic, and Emissions Impacts of a Federal US Carbon Tax.” Noah Kaufman and Kate Gordon. Columbia University: Center on Global Energy Policy. July 2018.
- “An alternative policy evaluation of the British Columbia carbon tax broadening the application of Elinor Ostrom’s design principles for managing common-pool resources.” Karine Lacroix and Garrett Richards. Ecology and Society, Vol. 20, No. 2 (June 2015).
- “ECONOMISTS’ STATEMENT ON CARBON DIVIDENDS: The Largest Public Statement of Economists in History.” The Wall Street Journal. January 17, 2019.
Wednesday, November 6
- Discussion with David Bollier, author of Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons.
Monday, November 11
- Discussion leaders: Hunt and Professor Isham
- “A Statement on the Appropriate Role for Research and Development in Climate Policy.” Kenneth Arrow et al. Reg-Markets Center Working Paper No. 08-12. 2008.
- “Innovation for sustainability: The impact of R&D spending on CO2 emissions.” Fernández Fernández, M.A.Fernández López, and B.Olmedillas Blanco. Journal of Cleaner Production (172) 20. January 2018.
- First draft of research paper due by 11:59 PM
Wednesday, November 13
- “The Incredible Economics of Geoengineering.” Scott Barrett. Environmental and Resource Economics (39) 1, (Jan 2008): 45-54.
- “Some whats, whys and worries of geoengineering.” Dale Jamieson. Climatic Change (121) 3, (Dec 2013): 527-537.
- “Sucking carbon dioxide from air is cheaper than scientists thought.” Jeff Tollefson. Nature. 7 June 2018.
- Peer review due by 5:00PM on Friday, November 15.
Monday, November 18
- “The Cost of a Carbon-Free Electricity System in the U.S.” Geoffrey Heal. NBER Working Paper No. 26084. July 2019
- “Do Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver? Evidence from the Weatherization Assistance Program.” Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Volume 133, Issue 3, August 2018, Pages 1597–1644.
Wednesday, November 20
- “The Coal Cost Crossover: Economic Viability of Existing Coal Compared to New Local Wind and Solar Resources.” Eric Gimon et al. Vibrant Clean Energy. March 2019.
- “Economics of Nuclear and Renewables.” Hisham Khatiba and Carmine Difigliob, Energy Policy Volume 96, September 2016, Pages 740-750.
Monday, November 25
- Will, Connor, Max, Hunt, Molly
Monday, December 2
- Maddy, Racquel, Nina, Helene, Kate, Will N., and Jacqueline
Wednesday, December 4
- Hollis, Trevor, Elisa, Blake
- Final draft of papers due by Wednesday, December 11 at 11:59 via Canvas
Exam week: oral exams