Spring 2024

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-210


Katharine R. E. Sims (Section 01)


This course uses economic models and tools to analyze environmental and natural resource problems such as climate change, air and water pollution, depletion of renewable and non-renewable resources, and land-use change. The frameworks studied include market failure due to externalities or public goods situations, the cost-effective allocation of pollution control, cost-benefit analysis, firm decision-making in response to regulations, and the management of renewable and non-renewable resources. We will also seek to understand and generate environmental policy solutions with attention to economic reasoning and analysis, including criteria of distributional equity.

Requisite: ECON 111 or 111E. Limited to 30 students. Spring Semester. Professor Sims. 

How to handle overenrollment: Some preference will be given to a) students who have taken fewer 200 level economics classes and b) economics majors. The class will be selected to achieve a group with diverse academic backgrounds and interests.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Modes of learning and assessment include readings, lectures, problem solving, in-class exams, independent research and writing, graphical analysis, group discussion.

ECON 210 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM SMUD 206
Th 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM SMUD 206


Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2019, Fall 2021