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Graduate Courses

ECON-620 Environmental Economics

Environmental Economics

This graduate course examines the relationship and apparent conflict between economic growth and environmental quality, the economics of environmental issues and policy, the environment as a resource and a public good, and the ability and lack of ability of free markets and governments to deal adequately with pollution and other environmental problems. While there is not a formal prerequisite for the course, some background in economics (e.g., ECON-101 Principles of Microeconomics) is very helpful. Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)

ECON-701 Microecon for Grad Students

Microeconomics for Graduate Students

This course develops the tools that are commonly used to study the allocation of resources in a mixed economy of private and public enterprises. This course provides an intensive overview of the microeconomic models underlying the actions of consumers and households, firms, regulators, and other public institutions. These models will be applied to current issues in policy (as it arises in all fields of inquiry).  Class 3, Credit 3 (Fall)

ECON-810 Econ Of Sustainability

Economics Of Sustainability

The economics of sustainability involves the study of and the design of strategies for attaining dynamic consumption and production paths with certain desirable properties. This course begins by exploring how problems of sustainability can be analyzed using the neoclassical economics paradigm.  We then consider how sustainability concerns arise within consumer theory (e.g., issues in green consumption) and within the theory of the firm (e.g., issues of green design).  Standard modeling tools used in economics are introduced.  Environmental and resource economic policy instruments—such as taxes, tradable pollution permits, liability and regulation—are critically evaluated for use in various contexts in which sustainability is of concern.  Consideration is given to how the economic theory of sustainability complements perspectives from other disciplines.  The course concludes with a discussion of current issues in sustainability such as climate change.   
(ECON 701 or equivalent) Class 3, Credit 3 (Spring)