The objective of the course is provide students an overview of sustainable development from an environmental, social and economic perspective. This module will firstly explore the main issues and challenges related to sustainable development, with particular reference to environmental themes. The main sustainable development indicators together with the main environmental assessment methodologies will be then presented. The social and economic aspects of sustainable development will be then studied, analysing also the role of international institutions.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
The course provide students an overview of the main issues related to sustainable development, and in particular to those related to environmental, social and economic aspects. Students will first learn that environment and development are strictly related, and how sustainable development can be achieved without compromising the environment. Students will learn the connection between economic and sustainable development, looking in particular to the mechanisms highlighted by the Environmental Kuznet Curve. Students will also learn that sustainable development is increasingly focused on social aspects, which are essential to guarantee the improvement of health and institutional conditions and social equity. Students will learn what are the main indicator of sustainable development and to use them to evaluate the level of sustainable development in different countries. Students will also learn how international institutions can help especially developing to enhance a higher level of development through the implementation of sustainable projects.
The course aims to provide students with an overview of sustainable development from an environmental, social and economic perspective. There will be two parts. In the first one theoretical models of economic growth without and with the environment will be presented. In the second module the main environmental and economic aspects of sustainable development will be explored. The main themes will be the relationship between economic growth and sustainable development, looking in particular to the contribution of countries' resource endowment and international trade; environment, food security and sustainable development, how climate change is threatening sustainable development.
Basic knowledge of math, microeconomics and econometrics are required. In particular, since part of the course will review empirical scientific papers, students should be able to interpret the results of basic econometric regressions.
Frontal teaching. Lectures will be held either in person or in a hybrid form, in accordance with the regulations provided by the University.
Materiale di riferimento
- Romer, D. Advanced Macroeconomics, W.W. Norton & Co. - Barro, R.J., Sala-i-Martin, X.I., Economic Growth, MIT Press - Sachs, J.D., The Age of Sustainable Development, Columbia University Press. - Atkinson, G., Dietz, S., Neumayer, E., Agarwala, M. (eds.), Handbook of Sustainable Development (2nd ed.), Edward Elgar Publishing. - Slides and lecture notes of the course - Scientific articles suggested by the teacher
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
The course is divided into two parts. The exam of the first part is written and will consist of a few open questions. whereas an oral exam will be scheduled for the second part. During this exam, students will also have the possibility to present a scientific paper in detail. The article will be assigned by the teacher, if requested by the students, some weeks before the exam. During the exams it will be evaluated the knowledge of the basic concepts discussed during the course and the ability to understand the research questions and the basic econometric approaches used in the scientific articles discussed during the course.