Environmental Economics

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Environmental Economics

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Agriculture and Natural Resource Economics, Economics, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course is a study of the economic analysis of natural resource exploitation and conservation. It will cover both renewable resources, such as water, forests, and fisheries, and non-renewable resources, such as oil, coal, and other mineral deposits. The course will emphasize the use of microeconomic analysis as a foundation for private decision-making and public policy formulation (particularly relevant to South Korea).

    Course Objectives:
    A central goal of this course is to familiarize students with the theoretical concepts and analytical tools that support the economic and bio-economic analyses of a range of natural resource issues. At the conclusion of this course, students should have gained insight into how and why humans manage natural resources in the way they do and also developed an understanding of the:

    • economically efficient allocation of scarce natural resources over time and among competing uses;
    • tendency of competitive market processes toward economically efficient allocations;
    • effect of various market failures on these tendencies;
    • theoretical and empirical modeling of ecosystem services that internalize positive externalities into private decision making, focusing on uncertainty analysis in ecosystem service modeling;
    • array of policy instruments utilized to ameliorate or correct these failures in South Korea;
    • tools used by economists to design and evaluate the worth of these policies in South Korea.

    Books and Materials
    The required text for this course is The Economics of Natural Resource Use, 2nd Edition, by J.M. Hartwick and N.D. Olewiler. Additional readings and materials will be made available on the course website located at Korea University on-line blackboard system.

    Intermediate undergraduate microeconomics and calculus.


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