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Spring 2010-2011
ENV 326 / ECO 326   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Seminar in Sustainable Development

Eswaran Somanathan

This course will use economic theory and statistical methods to analyze the environmental problems of the developing world. We will discuss the meaning of sustainability, the relation between population, poverty, and the environment, social norms and common property resource governance both local and global, the impact of international trade on the environment, the implications of climate change for development, the design of climate policy, environmental rat races, how to achieve international cooperation on environmental issues, and policies for regulating pollution in the developing world.

Sample reading list:
Jean-Marie Baland and Jean-Philippe Platteau, Economics of Common Property Management Regimes
Schlenker, W. and M. J. Roberts, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Guiteras, R., The Impact of Climate Change on Indian Agriculture
Datta, A. and E. Somanathan, Climate Policy and Innovation in the Absence of Commitment
Metcalf, G. E., A proposal for a U.S. carbon tax swap, Brookings Institution
Dasgupta, P, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Course will be mostly a discussion class. Students will be expected to read the assignment and come prepared to discuss it before each class. However, I will teach some technical material that may be required to understand the readings. No term paper; students will be expected to read the equivalent of at least 5 articles (in addition to the assigned readings) on a topic of their choice and make a presentation in class. The topic and reading materials must be approved well in advance.

Final Exam - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Calculus at least at the level of MAT 104, familiarity with statistical inference and regression (at least one of ECO 202, ECO 302, ECO 312, ECO313, MAT 310, EGR 245), microeconomics at least at the level of ECO 100..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43681 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   306   Enrolled:7 Limit:15