Spring 2022

Environment and Development

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-410


Katharine R. E. Sims (Section 01)


The goal of this course is to explore theoretical and empirical research on the links between economic development and environmental quality, including human health. We will seek to understand key tensions and solutions across topics including climate change, air and water quality, land use change, and natural resource management. We will read and discuss primary economic research, drawing on current papers in the fields of environmental economics and development economics. Course participants will develop an original paper that expands our understanding of the relationship between the economy and the environment in a low-income or socially-disadvantaged economic context.

Requisite: This course requires econometrics and either micro or macroeconomic theory (Econ 360/361 + Econ 300/301 or 330/331). It is a seminar, limited to 15 students, so that students can engage in extended discussions of the material and pursue their own related research topic. Spring semester. Professor Sims.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, group work, quantitative work, discussion, and problem solving Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022