Course code ECN375

ECN375 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - Theory and Applications

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Course responsible: Eirik Romstad
Teachers: Knut Einar Rosendahl, Olvar Bergland
ECTS credits: 10
Department: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2017H
Course contents:

Lectures and exercises will address the following issues: Economy - environment interactions, sustainable development, optimal management of renewable and non-renewable resources, pollution targets and pollution control, environmental policy instruments, international environmental agreements. Truthtelling and asymmetric information is at the core of the course.

The theory part of the course, including evaluation of the theory part,  is joint with ECN 275 (http://arken.nmbu.no/~eiriro/ecn275/). A term paper in groups on own selected topic under the heading of natural resource and environmental economics closes the course.  Group size 2-3 students. Furthern details on the course home page: http://arken.nmbu.no/~eiriro/ecn375/

Learning outcome:

Candidates should be able to apply economic theory to analyse environmental and natural resource management issues. These issues include: economy - environment interactions, sustainable development, optimal management of renewable and non-renewable resources, pollution targets and pollution control, environmental policy instruments, and international environmental agreements.

Throug work on the term paper, candidates are to get extra knowledge and analytical capabilities on their selected topic.

Learning activities:

Lectures and exercises. It is recommended that students form self organized groups, for exampe 3-4 persons, and work together on the theoretial materials and exercises. Working on exercises and active participation is important for meeting the learning objectives.

The course is rounded off with a mandatory  term paper in groups of 2-3 students on a self elected topic under the heading natural resource and environmental economics.

Teaching support:

Excercise and discussion sessions (see ECN275 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - theory for details). The course web pages contains pointers to background materials and news events that are related to the course contents, and make up an important source for student learning. 

Working on exercises and active participation is important for meeting the learning objectives. Councelling on the mandatory term paper.

Syllabus:
Perman, R., Y. Ma, M. Common, D. Maddison, J. McGilvray. 2011. Natural Resource and Environmental Economics. 4th ed. London: Longman. (subject to change prior to the teaching term if a more suitable textbook becomes available).
Prerequisites:
ECN311 Microeconomics III, ECN170 Environmental and Resource Economics
Recommended prerequisites:
General good knowledge in mathematics equivalent to ECN102 Introduction to Mathematics for Economists. Knowledge about differentiation, integration, and unconstrained/constrained optimization.
Mandatory activity:
Term paper. Approved exercise is valid until the next time the course is given and at the re-examination.
Assessment:
Two tematic in-class tests (environmental economics and natural resource economics) at the end of the respective themes in the course. 
Nominal workload:
300 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse) + ECN275 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - theory or equivalent.
Reduction of credits:
ECN270 Natural Resource Economics - 2 ECTS, ECN371 Environmental Economics - 2 ECTS, ECN275 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - theory - 10 ECTS.
Type of course:
6 hours per week combined lectures/excercises/discussion sessions (through March / a bit into April if early Easter) and councelling on term papers.
Note:

The course is in English if there are one or more international students. Incoming students can contact student advisors at the School of Economics and Business (Studieveileder-hh@nmbu.no) for admission to the course.

ECN275 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - theory and ECN375 Natural Resource and Environmental Economics - theory and applications has joint theory part and exam.

Examiner:
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått