EconS 582 – Environmental Economics, Fall 2021



Introduction [August  23rd]
Efficiency and Markets [August  23rd]
Simple Externalities Examples [August  25th]
Externalities (MWG) [August 25th]
The Problem of Social Cost, R. Coase (1960) [August 25th]
Discussion – Coase (1960) [August 25th]
A Solution to the Problem of Externalities When Agents Are Well-Informed [August 30th]
Varian’s Paper 1994 [August 30th]
Public Goods: A survey of Experimental Research [September 1st]
Game Theory for Playing Games: Sophistication in a negative-externality experiment [September 1st]
Individual Decision Making in a Negative Externality Experiment
Discussion – Spraggon and Oxoby (2009) [September 1st]
Chapter 6 Kolstad – Property Rights [September 8th]
Information and the Coase Theorem. Farrell (1987) [September 8th]
Variance – Farrell
Case Study: How climate change is increasing forest fires around the world [September 13th]
Chapter 7 Kolstad – Pigovian Fees [September 13th]
Xepapadeas (1991)Environmental policy under imperfect information [September 13th]
Segerson (1988)Uncertainty and incentives for nonpoint pollution control [September 15th] Case Study
CH 8 and CH 9 Kolstad – Environmental Policy [September 20th]
Oates et al. (1989)The net benefits of incentive based regulation
Kolstad et al. (1990)Substitutes or complements [September 20th]
Case Study: Judge’s Ruling on Gulf Oil Spill Lowers Ceiling on the Fine BP Is Facing [September 20th]
Weitzman (1974)Prices vs Quantities 
R.Stavins (1996)Correlated Uncertainty and Policy Instrument Choice
Roberts et al. (1976)Effluent charges and licenses under uncertainty [September 22nd]
Kwerel (1977)To tell the Truth [September 22nd]
Smolensky et al (1968) – The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Ghetto Expansion
Barret (1999)International Cooperation and the International Commons [September 27th]
Case Study: The Aarhus Convention [September 27th]
Ulph (1996)Environmental Policy and International Trade when Governments and Producers Act Strategically [October 25th]
Kennedy (1994)Equilibrium Pollution Taxes in Open Economies with Imperfect Competition
Case Study: Environmental Effects of International Trade [October 25th]
Apesteguia, J. (2006) Does Information Matter in the Commons? Experimental Evidence, PDF – Presentation
Case Study: Ground Water Basin Management
Mason, C. and S. Polasky (1994)- Entry deterrence in the commons, PDF – Presentation [October 27th]
Espinola-Arredondo and Munoz-Garcia (2010)- Can Incomplete Information Lead to Under-exploitation in the Commons?, PDF – Presentation [October 27th]

 Students’ Presentations (October 4th -20th):

Students’ Final Presentations (November 15th – December 8th):

  • November 15th: Dipanwita Barai “Why are there so many DUCs?”
  • November 15th: Banguning Asgha “The Effect of Smoke on Human’s Respiratory and Cardiovascular Health: A short-term analysis of 2017 Thomas Wildfire in Ventura and Santa Barbara, Southern California”
  • November 17th: Yazeed Aldhafian “Renewable vs Fossil Fuel : Electricity Generation Market – A Theoretical Approach”
  • November 29th: Kairon Garcia “Uncertainty in Time Use Allocation due to Weather Shocks”
  • November 29th: Eric Hubbard “Cellphone usage as a tool to avoid the tragedy of the commons in Tanzania
  • December 1st: Sita Khanal “Causal impact of natural gas flaring on crop yield
  • December 1st: Putriesti Mandasari “Firms’ ownership and CO2 emissions: An empirical study of Indonesia manufacturing firms
  • December 3rd: Nabittun Nahar “Pesticide exposure and health of US crop workers
  • December 3rd: Will Ottenheimer “Allocation of a natural resource under uncertainty
  • December 6th: Almira Salimgarieva “Pollution Redemption in Case of In-kind Settlements”
  • December 6th: Wiz Sugiarto “Elasticity of Stormwater Utility Fees on Impervious Surfaces”
  • December 8th (9.30am): Aditi Surve “Common pool resources: quality vs quantity
  • December 8th: Katie Swanson “Can climate change affect migration of beef cattle production in USA?
  • December 8th: Dane Franchi “Effectiveness of Solar Panel Subsidies”