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Spring 2013-2014
WWS 373 / CHV 373  

Welfare, Economics and Climate Change Mitigation Policy

Francis A. Dennig

Climate changes poses a variety of important policy questions. How much carbon to emit into the atmosphere, who should have the right to emit it, when should it be emitted, by what means should emissions be restricted or reduced, who wins and who gains from such policies. In this course we will attempt to answer these and other questions by considering economics of climate change and the welfare implications of the policy options.

Sample reading list:
Dieter Helm, The Carbon Crunch
Amartya Sen, Collective Choice and Social Welfare
William Nordhaus, A Question of Balance
Robert Solow, Intergenerational Equity and Exhaustible Resources
Daron Acemoglu, Introduction to Modern Economic Growth
Ronald Coase, The Problem of Social Cost
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Through readings ranging from textbooks and academic articles to policy briefs students will be exposed to a broad range of topics, including uncertainty in climate science, normative problems in policy assessment, and operational constraints of policy instruments. The focus will be less on formal methods than on the broader implications of policy decisions. Textbook readings will be from 100-150 pages per week. Academic articles will be less.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 34%
Oral Presentation(s) - 33%
Problem set(s) - 33%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
The main textbook for the course will be Gardiner, Caney, Jamieson and Shue's "Climate Ethics: Essential Readings"

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43579 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   010   Enrolled:5 Limit:15