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Applied Economics for the Environment - ENV00029I

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  • Department: Environment and Geography
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Peter Howley
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module will apply economic thinking and analysis in looking at a range of environmental issues and it will enable students to detect misleading uses of economic and social statistics by politicians, civil servants, the business world, journalists and academics. The emphasis is on the critical assessment of statistical quality and will help students acquire the research and analytical skills required for Year 3 dissertations. The module will consist of a mix of lectures, seminars and computer practicals. During the computer practicals, students will gain an understanding of the software STATA and the basic principles behind regression analysis. During the seminars key papers in environmental economics will be critically discussed.

Module learning outcomes

After completing the module, you should be able to:

  • Apply economic concepts to the analysis, appraisal and valuation of a wide range of environmental problems and policies (e.g. health and well-being, environmental valuation, pollution control etc.)
  • Use quantitative analysis (regression analysis and experimental designs) to examine relationships between variables of interest
  • Identify misleading uses of economic and social statistics


Task Length % of module mark
1500 word report
N/A 35
University - closed examination
Applied Economics for the Environment
1.5 hours 65

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay 3000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Four week turn-around time on write-up. Feedback is via a written feedback sheet showing comments by markers.

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