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Environmental Economics - ECO00029I

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Andrew Pickering
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module shows how the tools of modern economics may be used understand and analyze questions of natural resource use, environmental degradation and sustainable development in general.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information

prerequisite: Microeconomic Theory

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

Environmental concern has become increasingly prominent as a matter for public debate and policy. Sustainable development, pollution, global warming and the exploitation of renewable and non-renewable resources are at a fundamental level resource allocation problems on which economics has much to say. This unit will address these real world environmental problems with an analytically rigorous approach building on core microeconomic theory from the third semester.

The module aims to:

  • Apply and develop tools and economic concepts already introduced in previous economics modules to analyse some of the major concerns of environmental economics such as pollution, sustainable development, destruction of biodiversity, and global warming.

  • Introduce dynamic models to analyse the economics of renewable and non-renewable resources.

  • Introduce valuation methods for environmental goods for which no market exists.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should have a good understanding of modern environmental economics and should be able to:

  • Explain the contributions that economics can make to the analysis of environmental problems.

  • Explain and evaluate different policy approaches to environmental issues such as pollution and the depletion of natural resources.

  • Review and discuss critically the ways in which economists value the environment.

  • Intelligently apply the economic tools and methods learnt to various environmental issues.

  • Show an awareness of the important literature in this area and a knowledge of some major concerns in environmental economics.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Environmental Economics
2 hours 75
Group work : Environmental Economics
N/A 25

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Feedback summative assessment

  • Individual feedback at the same time as the mark

  • Cohort feedback after the last submission

Indicative reading

Goodstein, Eban S. and Stephen Polasky (2021) Economics and the Environment (9th edition). Hoboken: John Wiley and Sons. (Course Text)

Hanley, Nick, Jason F. Shogren and Ben White (2007). Environmental Economics in Theory and Practice 2nd ed. Palgrave Macmillan: UK.

Teitenberg, Tom (2007). Environmental Economics and Policy 5th ed. Pearson: MA.

Stern, Sir Nicholas (2006) The Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, HM Treasury, UK.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.