Environmental economics

A.Y. 2020/2021
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
The course will be delivered in mixed mode.
Lectures and exercises will be held both in the classroom (in person) and by videoconference according to the scheduled time (synchronous mode).
Students who do not participate in face-to-face lessons will still be able to carry out the same online activity in order to develop the same skills acquired through the activities proposed in the classroom.
The lesson times and all the details of the activities will be published on the study program website (https://spa.cdl.unimi.it/it) by the start of the lessons.
Any updates will also be communicated through direct notices to students (consult often the mail @ students.unimi.it).
Also often consult the ARIEL teaching site for specific teaching notices.
The methods and criteria for participating in face-to-face lessons, which require a reservation with the appropriate app, will be published in time on the course website.
The exercises will be carried out in person.
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 to illustrate the course contents. The presentations will be made available to students on the course website on the Ariel platform. The intervention of external experts on specific topics of the course is possible. If general health conditions prevent this setup, lectures will be held online in synchronous mode.
Teaching Resources
Power Point presentations by the teacher. Textbooks:
· 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. If online, the exam will be written and consist of multiple choice questions, possibly together with some open question.
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