This module introduces to the phenomenon of environmental degradation with an emphasis on economic analysis, albeit taught in a non-technical style.
The course will provide students with the theoretical and empirical tools to understand the determinants and consequences of global environmental change. The course will analyze the policy tools available to policymakers to tackle environmental degradation and climate change. The course will then discuss the effects of environmental policy on businesses and the barriers to environmental policy implementation with a focus on developing countries and an emphasis on political economy factors such as corruption. Finally the course will analyze the implications of global environmental change in developing countries focusing on prominent phenomena such as migration and conflict.
The module will also teach how to empirically assess environmental policy using STATA (an econometrics software).
40% coursework and 60% examination
Detailed reading lists will be provided to support each course component.
The following texts will be particularly useful: