ECON 4545-200 Environmental Economics

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ECON 4545-200 Environmental Economics
Course Syllabus
University of Colorado, Boulder
Economics 4545-002
Term B Summer 2014
Professor: Nicholas E. Flores
Professor’s Office: Economics Rm. 212
Voice: 303 492-8145
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: 2:30 – 3:30 MTWThF
Classroom: Econ 119
Class Meeting Time: MTWThF 12:45 – 2:20 p.m.
Required Textbook
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 9th Edition, by Tom Tietenberg
and Lynne Lewis. Note you can either purchase this book in hard copy or
purchase as a CourseSmart eTextbook (electronic book).
Course Overview
In this course we will continue your economics education by considering the
economic approach to analyzing and solving environmental problems. In
addition to learning about the methods that economists use to analyze
environmental problems and issues, you will be challenged to frame problems in
economic terms and propose solutions to these problems.
To be enrolled in this course, you should have Economics 3818, Economics
3070, and Economics 3080. Simple analytical models will be used throughout
the course. You should be comfortable with basic economic models of
optimization as well as calculus. If your transcript does not reflect the
prerequisite, you need to verify with me that you have successfully completed an
equivalent course.
Course Components
Lecture: With help from you and your fellow students, we will make class
lectures an active learning experience. This means you will be required to
discuss lecture material in class (i.e. you will have to think on your feet).
In-class Exercises: Some topics lend themselves to in-class exercises as
another way of learning. These exercises will sometimes involve the
entire class working together and at other times small groups or
individuals working on problems.
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Homework: There will be regular homework assignments that will be
turned in and graded by me.
Team Project: The class will be divided into research teams that will then
identify and analyze an environmental problem. The team will provide a
joint paper and present findings to the class.
Midterm Examinations and Finals: There will be two midterm exams and
a cumulative final. Make-up exams are not a possibility. If you have a
legitimate and verifiable reason for missing a midterm, test reweighting
can be used to adjust your final grade. Lacking a legitimate and verifiable
reason for missing a midterm will result in a zero for the missed midterm.
The final exam is mandatory with no exceptions.
Team Project
Midterm 1
Midterm 2
Important Dates
July 8 – First Day of Class
July 17 – Midterm 1
July 29 – Midterm 2
August 8 – Last Day of Class & Final Exam
Course Topics
Remembering Intermediate Microeconomics
What distinguishes the economic approach?
Chapter 1 – Visions of the Future
Chapter 2 – Property Rights, Externalities, and Environmental Problems
Chapter 3 – Benefit –Cost Analysis and Other Metrics
Chapter 4 – Valuing the Environment
Chapter 5 – Dynamic Efficiency and Sustainable Development
Chapters 14-18 – The Economics of Pollution Control
Chapter 19 – Toxic Substances and Environmental Justice
Chapter 20 – The Quest for Sustainable Development
Chapter 21 – Population and Development
2 Attendance Policy
Daily attendance will be taken for each class. You must attend a minimum of
80% of the lectures in order to pass the course. If you miss more than 20% of
the lectures, you will receive an automatic F. A sign-in sheet will be circulated
daily. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have signed in for each
Special Accommodations Policy
If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to your
professor a letter from Disability Services in a timely manner (for exam
accommodations provide your letter at least one week prior to the exam) so that
your needs can be addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations
based on documented disabilities. Contact Disability Services at 303-492-8671 or
by e-mail at [email protected]
If you have a temporary medical condition or injury, see Temporary Medical
Conditions: Injuries, Surgeries, and Illnesses guidelines under Quick Links at
Disability Services website and discuss your needs with your professor.
Religious Observances Policy
Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every
effort to deal reasonably and fairly with all students who, because of religious
obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required
attendance. In this class, please notify the professor in advance of any conflicts
due to religious observances.
See full details at http://www.colorado.edu/policies/fac_relig.html
Classroom Behavior Policy
Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate
learning environment. Those who fail to adhere to such behavioral standards
may be subject to discipline. Professional courtesy and sensitivity are especially
important with respect to individuals and topics dealing with differences of race,
color, culture, religion, creed, politics, veteran's status, sexual orientation,
gender, gender identity and gender expression, age, disability, and nationalities.
Class rosters are provided to the instructor with the student's legal name. I will
gladly honor your request to address you by an alternate name or gender
pronoun. Please advise me of this preference early in the semester so that I may
make appropriate changes to my records. See policies at
http://www.colorado.edu/policies/classbehavior.html and at
3 Honor Code Policy
All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing
and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this
policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication,
lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. All incidents of academic misconduct
shall be reported to the Honor Code Council ([email protected]; 303-7352273). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy
will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and nonacademic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension,
or expulsion). Other information on the Honor Code can be found at
http://www.colorado.edu/policies/honor.html and at
Discrimination and Harassment Policy
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) is committed to maintaining a
positive learning, working, and living environment. The University of Colorado
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age,
disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and
access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and
activities. (Regent Law, Article 10, amended 11/8/2001). CU-Boulder will not
tolerate acts of discrimination or harassment based upon Protected Classes or
related retaliation against or by any employee or student. For purposes of this
CU-Boulder policy, "Protected Classes" refers to race, color, national origin, sex,
pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity,
gender expression, or veteran status. Individuals who believe they have been
discriminated against should contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment
(ODH) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Student Conduct (OSC) at 303-4925550. Information about the ODH, the above referenced policies, and the
campus resources available to assist individuals regarding discrimination or
harassment can be obtained at http://www.colorado.edu/odh
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