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Environ 375/Econ 370/NRE 375 Environmental and Resource Economics Winter 2008 Instructors : Gloria E. Helfand, Associate Professor of Environmental Economics School of Natural Resources and Environment 3546 Dana Building; 764-6529; [email protected] Office Hours: Mondays 9-10:30 AM Graduate Student Instructors : Office Hours (1544 Dana; Check Web for Changes) Joel Heeres ( [email protected] ) Wednesdays 10am-12pm Ryan Maki ([email protected]) Fridays 10am-11am & 2pm-3pm Derek Przybylo ([email protected]) Thursdays 3pm-5pm Devon Treece ([email protected]) Mondays 6pm-8pm Content : This course will expose students to economic theory applied to environmental and natural resources issues. Supply, demand, and opportunity cost play a major role in environmental issues, and the economics paradigm contributes to understanding these issues. Topics include efficiency and distribution in considering solutions to environmental problems; when markets work well and how they fail; pollution and other externalities; discounting as a way to incorporate the future; benefit-cost analysis; nonrenewable resource extraction; renewable resource use; and macroeconomic effects of environmental regulation. Throughout, the course will emphasize understanding how incentives shape human behavior, and how altering incentives alters behavior. Objectives : Students who take this course will learn how economics tools provide critical insights into environmental issues improve their understanding of the power and the limits of the economics paradigm gain exposure to contemporary environmental issues improve their ability to explain key economics concepts related to the environment. Course Format : Lectures cover theory and applications. Discussion sections include discussion of reading assignments and materials from lectures, working through sample problems, and answers to questions and concerns. Attendance : Attendance for lectures and discussion sections is strongly recommended. Attendance during exams is required . No early or make-up exams will be given . If you cannot be present during a midterm, notify the instructor or a GSI in advance (unless it is impossible) and be prepared to document the reason for your absence. If you have a legitimate excuse, your final exam score will be used for the missed midterm. Otherwise, a zero will be given for the missed midterm.
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