EconS 582 – Environmental Economics, Spring 2019



How to Design a Research Project
Structure of the Report
Evaluation Sheet for Oral Presentation
List of Papers – Presentations October 9th- November 1st
Research Paper
Giving talks

Homework #1 [Referee Report – September 6th]

Homework #2  [September 20th]
Homework #3  [October 16th]
Homework #4  [November 15th]


Introduction [August 21st]
Efficiency and Markets [August 21st]
Simple Externalities Examples [August 21st]
Externalities (MWG) [August 21st]
The Problem of Social Cost, R. Coase (1960) [August 23rd]
Discussion – Coase (1960) [August 23rd]
A Solution to the Problem of Externalities When Agents Are Well-Informed [August 28th]
Varian’s Paper 1994 [August 28th]
Public Goods: A survey of Experimental Research [August 30th]
Game Theory for Playing Games: Sophistication in a negative-externality experiment [August 30th]
Individual Decision Making in a Negative Externality Experiment
Discussion – Spraggon and Oxoby (2009)
Chapter 6 Kolstad – Property Rights [September 6th]
Information and the Coase Theorem. Farrell (1987) [September 6th]
Variance – Farrell
Case Study: How climate change is increasing forest fires around the world [September 11th]
Chapter 7 Kolstad – Pigovian Fees [September 11th]
Xepapadeas (1991)Environmental policy under imperfect information
Segerson (1988)Uncertainty and incentives for nonpoint pollution control [September 11th]
CH 8 and CH 9 Kolstad – Environmental Policy [ September 13th]
Oates et al. (1989)The net benefits of incentive based regulation [September 13th]
Kolstad et al. (1990)Substitutes or complements [September 18th]
Case Study: Judge’s Ruling on Gulf Oil Spill Lowers Ceiling on the Fine BP Is Facing [September 20th]
Weitzman (1974)Prices vs Quantities [September 20th]
R.Stavins (1996)Correlated Uncertainty and Policy Instrument Choice
Roberts et al. (1976)Effluent charges and licenses under uncertainty [September 25th]
Kwerel (1977)To tell the Truth
Smolensky et al (1968) – The Prisoner’s Dilemma and Ghetto Expansion
Barret (1999)International Cooperation and the International Commons [September 29th]
Case Study: The Aarhus Convention [September 29th]
Ulph (1996)Environmental Policy and International Trade when Governments and Producers Act Strategically [October 2nd]
Kennedy (1994)Equilibrium Pollution Taxes in Open Economies with Imperfect Competition [October 4th]
Case Study: Environmental Effects of International Trade [October 4th]
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
Espinola-Arredondo and Munoz-Garcia (2010)- Can Incomplete Information Lead to Under-exploitation in the Commons?, PDF – Presentation

Students’ Final Presentations:

Monday November 27th – 8:30am:

Zhazira Alisheva: The political economy of investment: The effect of refunded emissions payment program.

Yenjae Chang: Air Pollution and Pricing Decisions in Retail Gasoline Market.


Wednesday November 29th – 8am:

Dolores (Loles) Garrido: Signaling under bilateral uncertainty: the case of labeling.

Kara Grant: Policy tools to reduce grocery stores food waste.

Hyeonjun  Hwang: Climate Change, Migratory Birds and Egg Imports.

Friday December 1st – 8am:

Afrin Islam: Choosing the Efficient Management Strategy to Reduce Wildfire.

Samantha Johnson: Sustainability’s Payback: Short-Run Returns on Enrollment.

Ashutosh Kumar: Does Voluntary Environmental Program Work?

Monday December 4th – 8am:

Hyunjin Lim: How much does observational learning affect the timing of residential
solar power adoption?

Josh Olsen: Do Expenditures on Home Wildfire Protection Exceed Home Values?
Theoretical Model.

Chelsea Pardini: Assessing environmental injustice in Alaska.

Wednesday December 6th – 8am:

Nicholas Potter: Uncertainty in the Commons.

Molla Mursaleen Shiraj: Organization of environmental R&D in a duopoly under unequal costs and asymmetric information

Josh Tibbitts: Bargaining with Environmental Costs.

Friday December 8th – 8:00am:

Jake Wagner: Valuing water source attributes in rural Kenya: a linked demand approach.

Wenjun Wu: Environmental Impact of Rural Tourism replacing local Non-­‐eco-­‐friendly Industries.

Morgan Conklin: Independent Voters and their Effect on Environmental Policy.