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290118 SE Seminar in Economics (Macroeconomics) (2018W)

Topics in Environmental Economics

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 20 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 05.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 12.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 19.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 09.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 16.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 23.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 30.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 07.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 14.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 11.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 18.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Friday 25.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Seminarraum 13 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The first part of the seminar consists of lectures introducing the topic of environmental economics and its methods. In the second part, students will apply their knowledge by discussing issues related to the economics of climate change (presentations, term papers).

First part, lectures on the following:

Topics:
1. Introduction to Environmental Economics
2. Efficiency and Market Failure in the context of environmental goods
3. Environmental Policy: Targets and the „optimal level of pollution“
4. Environmental Policy: Strategies and Evaluation
5. Environmental Analysis: Cost Benefit Analysis and Alternatives
6. Valuation of Environmental Goods and Services
7. International Environmental Problems: Global Environment, Trade, Economic Development

Tools:

A. Graphical Illustrations in Economics Plotting and Interpreting
B. Basics of Economic Thinking
C. Basics of Data Analysis
D. Basics of Game Theory
E. Writing a Term Paper

Second part, presentations of students:

1. Climate Change: The Basics
1.1. Definition and Effects
1.2. Historical Developments
1.3. Causes and Correlations
1.4. Consequences of Climate Change
1.5. Future Scenarios and the Role of Uncertainty when Projecting
1.6. The Role of Economic Thinking

2. Policy Responses, Distributional Consequences and Incentives for Innovation
2.1. Command and Control Policies
2.2. Market Based Policies: Similarities and Differences in Practice
2.2.1. „Cap and Trade“ (Example: European Union Emissions Trading Scheme)
2.2.2. Carbon Tax
2.2.3. Hybrid Systems
2.3. Adaptation
2.4. Communicating Climate Change

3. Economic Approach to Valuing Climate Change
3.1. (Economic) Costs of Climate Change = (Economic) Benefit of Climate Change Mitigation
3.2. (Economic) Costs of Climate Change Mitigation
3.3. Examples of Integrated Assessment Modelling
3.3.1. Issue: Discounting
3.3.2. Issue: Uncertainty
3.3.3. Issue: Distributional Aspects (Time & Space)
3.4. The Stern Review and Its Critics

4. Climate Change: A Global Issue
4.1. International Treaties: Kyoto and Beyond
4.2. Problems and Mechanisms of international collective action

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentation, Term Paper, Feedback-Presentation

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Field, B. C. and M. K. Field: Environmental Economics: An Introduction, McGraw-Hill Irwin, 2013, 6. Ed. (international student edition)

Goodstein, E. S.: Economics and the environment, Wiley, 2011

Hanley, N., J. F. Shogren and B. White: Introduction to environmental economics, Oxford Univ. Pr. , 2013, 2. ed.

Association in the course directory

(L2-e4, L2-e-zSE) (BA UF GW 07)

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