- Code ECON2128
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Economics
- ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
- Course subject Economics
- Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Economics
- Academic career UGRD
- Ronald Stauber
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2017
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In many economic situations, the incentives of individual agents are not aligned with the objective of attaining aggregate economic efficiency, or the maximisation of social welfare. Such situations often lead to market failures that are characterised by environmental degradation or the overexploitation of natural resources.
This course analyses the economic principles underlying the design of efficient environmental policies and the optimal management of natural resources. It identifies conditions under which market failures lead to environmental degradation or to the overexploitation of natural resources, and discusses economic policies that can counteract such market failures. Such policies include imposing taxes on certain economic activities, or allocating property rights that allow these activities to be undertaken. If property rights—which may take the form of pollution permits, or individual quotas for the harvesting of natural resources—are transferable between agents, the trade of property rights between self-interested agents yields economic efficiency as a market-based outcome.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon a successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Understand how various market failures may lead to
environmental degradation or the overexploitation of natural resources;
economic modelling to evaluate various approaches to the design of efficient
environmental policies and of rules for the optimal management of natural
- Construct and analyse simple dynamic models of natural resource
See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available.
The assessment for this course will consist of a midterm examination, and a final exam
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WorkloadTwo lectures per week plus tutorials throughout the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
N.O. Keohane and S.M. Olmstead, Markets and the Environment, Island Press, 2007
W.D. Nordhaus, The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World, Yale University Press, 2013
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8500||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|