Study Programmes 2015-2016
ECON2248-1  
Environmental economy
Duration :
24h Th
Number of credits :
Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in agricultural bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)2
Master in forests and natural areas engineering (120 ECTS)2
Lecturer :
Kevin Maréchal
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
1. Etymological, epistemological, historical and theoretical foundations of the study of th interections between the economic and environmental spheres
2. Analysis of key notions in environmental economics : externalities, public goods, pigovian taxe, coasian bargain, etc.
3. Discussion of the central issue of 'value' (use, non-use, option, existence, etc.)
4. Detailed and careful analysis f the main 'valuation methods' of environmental assests and their connection with the market
5. Presentation and discussion of the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the management of environmental assests
6. Integration of the issues of uncertainty and time thorugh discounting: an illustration with the economics of climate change
7. Discussion of the relationship between GDP growth, environmental quality and well-being
8. Complementary insights to traditional environmental economics : theory of habits, technological lock-in, alternatives to GDP, etc.
Learning outcomes of the course :
Objective of the lecture:
Acquire and develop a competent use of the key concepts that are necessary for a good understanding of the issues related to the interactions between the economic and environmental spheres
At the end of the class, the student is expected to be able to:
- grab, with his own words, the main notions exposed during the lecture - provide a critical analysis of a short scientific paper dealing with a current environmental issue - mobilise the knowledge acquired to write a short essay being placed in the concrete situation of an environmental economist dealing with a cross-cutting issue
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Course in political economy
Course in mathematics
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Lectures : 24h
Recommended or required readings :
The only mandatory reading is the scientific paper that is to be critically assessed during the final exam
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written examination (100%)
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
The lecture requires the active involvement of students
2 sessions will be provided by external experts and be devoted to applied issues
Contacts :
Maréchal Kevin, (Assistant Professor)
CEESE-ULB 44 Avenue Jeanne CP 124 1050 Brussels
+32 2 650 33 32 kevin.marechal@ulb.ac.be(Philippe.Lebailly@ulg.ac.be)(Philippe.Lebailly@ulg.ac.be)