Ecological and Environmental Economics
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This advanced social science program examines the methods and applications of ecological and environmental economics for environmental problem solving. The major goal of the program is to make students familiar and comfortable with the methodologies, language, concepts, models, and applications of ecological and environmental economic analysis. The program does not assume an extensive background in economics; therefore, it begins by quickly reviewing selected micro economic principles. We will study the models used in natural resource management, pollution control approaches, and sustainability as an empirical criterion in policy development. We will explore externalities, market failure, and intergenerational equity in depth. Examples of case studies we will evaluate include natural resources in the Pacific Northwest; management and restoration of the Pacific salmon stocks and other marine resources; energy issues including traditional, alternative, and emerging impacts from hydraulic fracturing (fracking), oil trains, and climate change; selected issues of environmental law; wetland and critical areas protection and mitigation; and emerging threats such as ocean acidification and low-oxygen zones. We also will develop a detailed consideration of the theory and practice of benefit-cost analysis. The program concludes by critically evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of using ecological and environmental economics to develop solutions to environmental problems.
Program activities include lectures, seminars, research and methods workshops, field trips, quizzes, exams, and a research assignment.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
Public sector: federal, state, and local government agencies involved in environmental protection; natural resource management; land use planning, critical areas management, and public policy. Private sector: work in business firms, natural resources firms, environmental consulting firms, environmental assessment firms, and other firms that must deal with environmental laws and regulations in their normal business operations
Class Size: 25
Scheduled for: Day
Field trips will be scheduled for Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
First class meeting: Tuesday, September 26 at 1pm (Sem II C1105)
Located in: Olympia