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Environmental Economics - ENVS810

This unit provides a comprehensive coverage of environmental economics and has been structured on the premise that course participants have little background in economics. The unit presents a different paradigm to conventional economics and illustrates how the study of mainstream economics needs to be reoriented in the light of the following premises: the natural environment is the core of any economy, and economic sustainability cannot be attained without environmental sustainability. The unit equips participants with an ability to engage in multi-disciplinary teams with environmental economists; analyse environmental and economic policy issues; and understand the nature of trade-off between environmental quality and economic growth. Examples of topics and methods covered include – cost-benefit analysis; environmental valuation methods; market failure, externalities and public goods; economics of climate change management including strategic behaviour using game theory; trade and the environment; hysteresis and resilience; taxes versus quotas; renewable and non-renewable resource management; economics of urban planning, transport, infrastructure and urban sprawl; managing irreversible and catastrophic events; risk, risk weighting and option value approach.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Dr Ram Ranjan

Admission to MEnv or MSc or MEnvEd or MEnvMgt or MEnvStud or MEnvPlan or MPlan or MSusDev or MWldMgt or MMarScMgt or MPPP or GradDipEnv or GradCertSusDev or GradDipSusDev or MConsBiol or GradDipConsBiol or MPH Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): GSE810
Unit Designation(s):


Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Environmental Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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