This Subject Includes

  • Course No: HS 229
  • Course:
  • Semester: VIII
  • Title: Environmental Economics
  • Stream: Economics
  • Description:

    The economy and the environment: economy-environment interaction, the first and second law of thermodynamics, environmental degradation as market failure, Pigouvian tax, property rights and transactions costs; Economics of natural resources: renewable and non-renewable resources, common property resources, open access, the tragedy of commons; Valuation methods: classification of environment and resource flows, use values, option values and non-use value, contingent valuation, hedonic pricing, travel cost method, environmental impact assessment; Pollution control: pollution prevention, control and abatement, command and control instruments and market based instruments – taxes vs. tradeable permits, overview of different acts/laws for pollution control in India ; Environment and development: environment-development trade off, environmental Kuznet-s curve, poverty and environment, sustainable development- concepts and indicators, environmentally adjusted GDP, System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting (SEEA).

  • Text:

    N. Hanley, J. F. Shogren and B. White, An Introduction to Environmental Economics, Oxford University Press, 2001^$^C. Kolstad, Environmental Economics, Oxford University Press, 2000

  • Course References:

    U. Sankar (ed.), Environmental Economics (Readers in Economics), Oxford University Press, 2001^$^T. Tietenberg, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Pearson Education, 2004