- Code IDEC8004
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by International and Development Economics Program
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International and Developmental Economics
- Areas of interest Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
The course is designed to develop an understanding of the sustainability of entire nations, and of the world. Among the questions addressed are: How can sustainability be defined? Is it feasible, for either a nation or the world? How might national accounts be used to measure if a nation, or the world, is developing sustainably? This leads naturally to "ecological economics" questions. Are there any limits to the substitution of human-made capital for environmental resource inputs in making marketed goods, or of marketed goods for environmental quality and social coherence in making people happy? How uncertain and sudden might such limits be? Can they be detected by measuring the economy in physical rather than monetary units?
* Scoping and defining sustainability and intergenerational equity
* Economic growth with depletable resources and/or pollution
* Measurement of sustainability and income: theory and empirics
* Environmental and sustainability policies
* Case study of greenhouse gas emission control
* Physical measures of sustainability, such as Ecological Footprints
* Environment and development: the Environmental Kuznets curve
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Distinguish between neoclassical and ecological definitions of, and assumptions relating to, the sustainability of both the global economy and national economies
Demonstrate an understanding of how resource non-renewability, nonrenewable resource substitutability and importance in production, exogenous or endogenous technical progress, declining interest rates and impatience all affect global and national sustainability
Use economic and environmental data to calculate, with suitable qualifications, the neoclassical sustainability of a nation's economy
Explain how and why different analyses of climate policy produce such different recommendations for controlling greenhouse gas emissions
Explain the strengths and weaknesses of ecological measures of national sustainability
Tutorial assignments: best 3 out of 5 Exercises (15%) and compulsory Essay (10%);
Mid-term Examination (25%); Final Examination (50%)
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4 contact hours per week; 6 study hours per week
A draft textbook is available from the lecturer
(1) Hanley, Nick, Jason F. Shogren and Ben White (2007a). "The economics of sustainable development." Chapter 2 of Environmental Economics in Theory and Practice, 2nd edn. London, Palgrave Macmillan.
(2) Cole, Matthew A. (2003). "Environmental optimists, environmental pessimists and the real state of the world - an article examining The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real State of the World by Bjorn Lomborg." Economic Journal, 113, F362-F380.
(3). Nordhaus, William D. (1992). "Lethal Model 2: The limits to growth revisited." Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2, 1-59.
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