EC465 – Fall 2021

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 six 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; the Ostrom perspective on common pool resources; and economic growth and natural resources. Our major topics during this first part of the class will include fisheries, management of common pool resources, and trade-offs and challenges associated with economic growth. In the subsequent weeks, we will study selected topics, based in large part on your interests. In our final two weeks, you will present your research.

I look forward to this class.


Fall 2021 Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 12:30-2:00

Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Franklin Environmental Center 119
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753

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