Environmental and Resource Economics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental and Resource Economics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Topics include property rights and transactions costs; environmental externalities and associated missing markets; valuation of environmental resources; irreversibility and its economic implications under uncertainty; economics of pollution control; economics of natural resource use; decision-making under New Zealand's Resource Management Act.

    This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the major results of environmental
    and resource economics. There is a list of topics to be covered on page 4 below. Assessment will take a variety of forms. You will be asked to write short explanations, to interpret and construct theoretical diagrams and to solve simple mathematical problems. With respect to the mathematics, we will assume that you have a basic knowledge of partial differentiation. If you have successfully completed ECON 201, you should be in good shape.

    Course Learning Objectives
    Students passing this course should be able to:
    1. articulate the implications for socially desirable decisions of environmental externalities
    2. articulate the principles of socially desirable decisions regarding the use of natural resources
    3. explain and critique methods used to conduct valuations of environmental resources and cost-benefit analyses of environmental regulations
    4. apply economic theory to model decisions that have impacts on the environment or resource stocks.

    Your assessed work may also be used for quality assurance purposes, such as to assess the level of achievement of learning objectives as required for accreditation and academic audit. The findings may be used to inform changes aimed at improving the quality of VBS programmes. All material used for such processes will be treated as confidential, and the outcome will not affect your grade for the course.

    Assignment 1 12.5%
    1 hour test 20%
    Assignemtn 2 12.5%
    Group [resentation 5%
    2 hour final exam 50%

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