Environmental economics

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims to show how to use the essential concepts of economic theory for an appropriate management of the environment and natural resources. The course therefore aims to familiarize students with the principles of sustainable development and sustainability, with the essential elements of economic analysis of the environment and pollution, with the economic evaluation of environmental assets and with the economic fundamentals of heating global and climate change.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the course the student will have knowledge regarding the analysis of environmental policies and will be able to critically process the information acquired according to the keys of economic theory and theories on the environmental sustainability of economic systems.
The student will have acquired competence on the fundamentals of economic analysis of environmental problems and on the objectives and instruments of pollution control policies.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
The topics covered during the course will be:
· The environment and the economic system
· The economic analysis of pollution
· The economic instruments of environmental policy
· The value of the environment
· Economic growth and environment
· Sustainable Development
· Climate Change
Prerequisites for admission
- Math
- Microeconomics
Teaching methods
Lectures. Attendance is essential. During classes the teacher will use Power Point presentations, also in English, to illustrate the course contents. The presentations will be made available to attending students on the course website. The intervention of external experts on specific topics of the course is possible.
Teaching Resources
· Power Point presentations by the teacher
· D.Pearce e R.K.Turner, Economia delle risorse naturali e dell'ambiente, Bologna: il Mulino, 1991
· I. Musu, Introduzione all'economia dell'ambiente, Bologna: il Mulino, 2003
Assessment methods and Criteria
The final exam is written and consists of both multiple choice and open questions. Depending to the number of attending students, participants may be asked to prepare individual or group presentations in class on pre-assigned topics.
SECS-P/01 - ECONOMICS - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Thursday 14.30-17.30 or by appointment via mail. For thesis and dissertation appointment by mail requested
Office #16 1st floor D.ESP