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CODE 108607
SEMESTER 1° Semester


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



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.




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.


opics 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


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: All information and additional materials relating to this course are published exclusively on this site.



Exam Board


MATTEO CORSI (President Substitute)



For lessons start and timetable go to the link:

Please check the module Aulaweb page for timetable updates dependent on the sanitary and epidemic situation.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy


Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
17/01/2023 10:30 GENOVA Scritto
31/01/2023 10:30 GENOVA Scritto
14/02/2023 10:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale con accettazione on line
20/06/2023 10:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale con accettazione on line
07/07/2023 10:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale con accettazione on line
15/09/2023 10:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale con accettazione on line