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ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

CODE 64799
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS 6 credits during the 3nd year of 8699 Economics (L-33) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9022 Geological sciences (LM-74) GENOVA

6 credits during the 3nd year of 9916 ENVIRONMENTAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (L-32) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 11162 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (LM-52) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SECS-P/03
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Economics)
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course provides a theoretical framework to analyze the process of decision-making in the environmental sector and the use of policy instruments in relation to specific cases of environmental resource management and economic activities that produce serious impacts on the environment

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims to provide a theoretical framework for interpreting the links between the economic system and the environment and for analyzing the decision-making process of the public operator from both a normative and a positive approach in order to deal with environmental problems deriving from economic activities.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The general training objective is the knowledge and understanding of reference methodologies for the analysis of phenomena related to environmental degradation and externalities, the use of natural resources and their interactions with the functioning of the economy, and the process of economic growth and development. To this end, a further learning objective is the knowledge and understanding of reference methodologies for the application of economic and political evaluation processes for environmental change.

The expected learning outcomes to be ascertained are:

Knowledge and understanding. Students should acquire effective theoretical and applied knowledge to understand the relationships between environmental protection, the pursuit of economic efficiency, and market failure. This summarises the criterion of sustainability as the synthesis between the ability to promote growth through the optimal allocation of resources and goods and the ability to preserve the ecological basis of development itself

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding. Students should be able to apply knowledge and understanding to critically assess the role of environmental policy and public intervention in orienting and regulating markets and operators towards the goal of sustainability: assessing how public and private choices in environmental matters affect the distribution of resources and income in the national economy, between rich and poor countries in the world and the allocation of resources to future development; assessing the main economic effects of alternative hypotheses of environmental instruments and policies (environmental taxation, pollution certificates, green economy, etc.).

Autonomy of judgment. The student must be able to apply the acquired knowledge with autonomous ability in different application contexts. Students will achieve autonomous judgment skills and a critical spirit on environmental policy proposals and choices at the end of the course. They will be able to investigate the main economic effects of public and private environmental choices, both from the point of view of equity and efficiency.

Communication skills. Students acquire the technical language typical of the discipline to communicate clearly and unambiguously with specialist and non-specialist interlocutors: companies and institutions that relate to environmental and economic variables in the formulation of their decisions.

Learning skills. The student must develop adequate learning skills that will allow him/her to continue to independently deepen the main themes of the discipline, especially in the working contexts in which he/she will operate. The course will provide students with various methodologies for evaluating environmental costs and benefits, characterized by a rigorous formal approach.

TEACHING METHODS

The teaching method includes lectures, seminars, case studies, exercises to be carried out at home and/or in the classroom, and teamwork.

information on organizational aspects (live and/or online teaching) and updates due to changes in the health and epidemiological situation will be given on the AulaWeb platform.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Topics covered include:

  •     The Environmental Economics
  •     Scarcity, resource allocation and optimization
  •     Non-renewable resources: intertemporal models for optimal extraction
  •     Policies for renewable resources. Substitutability of natural capital and scarcity
  •     sustainable development and growth patterns (bioeconomy and circular economy)
  •     Efficiency and control of environmental problems
  •     Environmental externalities and pollution
  •     Economic and fiscal instruments for environmental control
  •     Economic analysis and collective action for decision-making purposes
  •     Economic evaluation techniques for assessing social costs and benefits
  •     Intergenerational equity
  •     Environmental impact assessment, strategic environmental assessment and the multi-criteria techniques
     


Methodologies considered are:

  •  Hedonic prices
  •  Contingent valuation
  •  Choice experiment
  •  Deliberative democracy and other no-market approaches

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

 R.K. Turner, D.W. Pearce, I. Bateman, Environmental Economics, 2003, Il Mulino, Bologna.

The reference book can be integrated with the slides used to support the lessons and made available at the Aulaweb at the beginning of the lessons.

All students must periodically consult the course's page on the AulaWeb e-learning portal (accessible from the University website or at: http://www.aulaweb.unige.it/). All information and additional materials relating to this course are published exclusively on this site.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

BARBARA CAVALLETTI (President)

ELENA LAGOMARSINO

DANIELA MINETTI

CLAUDIA PETRUCCI

LESSONS

LESSONS START

13 September - 10 December 2021

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Written exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The assessing methods for the learning outcomes consist  in workshops, exercises, and group work, during the lectures

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
10/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
24/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
07/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
01/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
15/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
29/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
09/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Scritto + Orale