ENV-610 / 2 crédits

Enseignant(s): Thalmann Philippe, Vielle Marc, Vöhringer Frank

Langue: Anglais

Remark: Next time: Spring 2025, Min. 5 participants


Every 2 years


This course is an introduction to economic theory applied to environmental issues. It presents the methods used to assess environmental impacts and natural resources as well as environmental regulation instruments. It then broadens the analysis to ecological economics.



Economic analysis, environmental protection, climate policy, externalities, environmental regulation, cost-benefit analysis, ecological economics

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Introductory economics is useful but not required


Important concepts to start the course

Market supply, demand and equilibrium

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Explain how a benevolent social planner would set environmental protection goals
  • Explain how environmental protection goals are set by real authorities
  • Discuss different solutions to render economic activites (production, consumption) more sustainable
  • Solve little problems related to optimal management of the environment

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra lectures with strong participant interaction expected

Expected student activities

Participate actively in class

Assessment methods

Written exam (small problems and short essays) one week after the  end of the lectures



Tietenberg, T. H. and L. Lewis (2018). Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 11th Edition. Routledge

Supporting material (slides, short readings) will be provided on the Moodle page of the course

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link


Dans les plans d'études

  • Nombre de places: 15
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session libre)
  • Matière examinée: Ecological economics
  • Cours: 24 Heure(s)
  • Exercices: 3 Heure(s)
  • TP: 2 Heure(s)

Semaine de référence

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