ECON 3535-001 Natural Resource Economics

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ECON 3535-001 Natural Resource Economics
Natural Resource Economics: ECON3535-001
Fall 2012
Jay Kaplan
Office: Economics Room 4C
Office Telephone: 492-2651
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:15-11:00,
Tuesday and Thursday 2:30- 3:30, or by appointment.
e-mail: [email protected]
Web Link for Class Outline
Natural Resource Economics studies the economically efficient use and
development of natural resources. We will study the allocation of
renewable and non-renewable resources, conservation and sustainability.
For the most part the course will present concepts graphically although
some basic math will also be used to solve models of resource use.
As often as possible, class discussion will expand on theoretical topics by
relating actual events to the theories presented in class. It is hoped that
the students will make a better linkage between actual events and a
hypothetical approach. Students are encouraged to contribute their ideas
and opinions on these subjects.
Course Materials
Textbook: Link to EPub text
There will be 3 quizzes given online and 3 exams given during the semester.
Quizzes will represent 33% of the class grade and exams the remaining 67%.
For your final grade, the grading scale is:
92.00%+ = A
90.00% - 91.99% = A88.00% - 89.99% = B+
82.00% - 87.99% = B
80.00% - 81.99% = B78.00% - 79.99% = C+
60.00% - 77.99% = C
below 60% = F
Exam Schedule
Midterm Exam: Friday, October 12
Midterm Exam: Wednesday, December 5
Final Exam: Saturday, December 15 (7:30pm - 10:00)
Exams will be given in the classroom.
Important Dates
November 17 – November 24: Fall Break
December 14 - Last day of classes
The Fine Print
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