May 21, 2022  
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STS 267 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)
(Same as ECON 267 ) This course examines environmental and natural resource issues from an economic perspective. Particular attention is given to the evidence and analysis presented at the UN climate negotiations and the recent history of climate accords and assesses the case for more drastic commitments. Particular attention is given this year to the evidence and analysis presented at to the UN Conference of the Parties (COP 26). The various possible policies to address the situation are analyzed in economic terms identifying those who gain by, and those who lose by these policies.  The goal is for students to develop a framework for understanding environmental problems and then to learn how to analyze policy actions within that framework. Topics include the economics of externalities, free rider issues, global warming, air and water pollution, the loss of biodiversity, energy demand and technology, and natural resource extraction. David Kennett.

Prerequisite(s): ECON 102  or permission of the instructor.

Recommended: ECON 209 .

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: CLS

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