Environmental Economics and Policy (ENVECON)

Courses

ENVECON C1 Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017
Introduction to microeconomics with emphasis on resource, agricultural, and environmental issues.

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ENVECON 39D Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 1.5 - 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small-seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester.

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ENVECON 98 Directed Group Studies (for Lower Division Students) 1 - 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2001
Group study (or seminar) of a selected topic or topics in Environmental Economics and Policy.

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ENVECON 100 Microeconomic Theory with Application to Natural Resources 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
Covers the basic microeconomic tools for further study of natural resource problems. Theory of consumption, production, theory of the firm, industrial organization, general equilibrium, public goods and externalities. Applications to agriculture and natural resources.

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ENVECON C101 Environmental Economics 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016
Theories of externalities and public goods applied to pollution and environmental policy. Trade-off between production and environmental amenities. Assessing nonmarket value of environmental amenities. Remediation and clean-up policies. Environment and development. Biodiversity management.

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ENVECON C102 Natural Resource Economics 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Introduction to the economics of natural resources. Land and the concept of economic rent. Models of optimal depletion of nonrenewable resources and optimal use of renewable resources. Application to energy, forests, fisheries, water, and climate change. Resources, growth, and sustainability.

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ENVECON C115 Modeling and Management of Biological Resources 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Models of population growth, chaos, life tables, and Leslie matrix theory. Harvesting and exploitation theory. Methods for analyzing population interactions, predation, competition. Fisheries, forest stands, and insect pest management. Genetic aspects of population management. Mathematical theory based on simple difference and ordinary differential equations. Use of simulation packages on
microcomputers (previous experience with computers not required).
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ENVECON C118 Introductory Applied Econometrics 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session
Formulation of a research hypothesis and definition of an empirical strategy. Regression analysis with cross-sectional and time-series data; econometric methods for the analysis of qualitative information; hypothesis testing. The techniques of statistical and econometric analysis are developed through applications to a set of case studies and real data in the fields of
environmental, resource, and international development economics. Students learn the use of a statistical software for economic data analysis.
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ENVECON 131 Globalization and the Natural Environment 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
An examination of the environmental effects of globalization. How has increased international trade, the integration of factor markets, and the adoption of international agreements affected the environment? Case studies include the environmental impact of GATT/WTO and NAFTA. Multi-disciplinary approach examines the actual laws and institutions and the economic theories of globalization,
in addition to the empirical evidence of globalization's environmental effects.
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ENVECON 140AC Economics of Race, Agriculture, and the Environment 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010
This course examines whether and how economic processes explain shifting formations of race and differential experiences among racial groups in U.S. agricultural and environmental systems. It approaches economic processes as organizing dynamics of racial differentiation and integration, and uses comparative experience among different racial and ethnic groups as sources of evidence against
which economic theories of differentiation and integration can be tested.
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ENVECON 141 Agricultural and Environmental Policy 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2012
This course considers the formation, implementation, and impact of public policies affecting agriculture and the environment. Economic approaches to public lawmaking, including theories of legislation, interest group activity, and congressional control of bureaucracies. Case studies include water allocation, endangered species protection, water quality, food safety, drainage, wetlands, pesticides
, and farmworker safety. Emphasis on examples from California.
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ENVECON 142 Industrial Organization with Applications to Agriculture and Natural Resources 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Organization and performance of agricultural and resource markets. Conduct of firms within those markets, such as price competition, product differentiation, predatory pricing, vertical integration, dealer networks and advertising. The role of public policy in the markets. Case studies include oil cartel OPEC, agricultural cooperatives, vertical integration of food processors and franchising
of fast-food chains. Discussion sections cover empirical applications of theory presented during lectures for current environmental and agricultural policies.
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ENVECON 143 Economics of Innovation and Intellectual Property 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
This course addresses the economics of research and incentives for innovation including intellectual property rights. Topics include the standard modern economics of invention; modern intellectual property rights; innovation examples from agriculture, energy, pharmaceuticals, software, and electronics; the roles of the public and private sectors; innovation and market structure; the
needs of the poor; and global intellectual property negotiations.
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ENVECON 145 Health and Environmental Economic Policy 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course introduces students to key issues and findings in the field of health and environmental economics. The first half of the course focuses on the theoreticl and statistical frameworks used to analyze instances of market failure in the provision of health and environmental goods. The second half focuses on policy-relevant empirical findings in the field.

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ENVECON 147 Regulation of Energy and the Environment 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This is an applied economics course on government regulation of energy with an emphasis on policies that seek to mitigate the impact of energy production and consumption on the environment. The course is designed to help students make connections between economic concepts and real world regulatory policy questions and issues.

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ENVECON C151 Economic Development 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Problems of underdevelopment and poverty, policy issues, and development strategy.

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ENVECON 152 Advanced Topics in Development and International Trade 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course discusses recent efforts to understand behavior and institutions in village economies, with particular attention paid to the importance of risk. Economic analysis of savings, consumption, insurance, production, trade, welfare distribution and institutions of villages in developing countries. Roughly equal parts of theory, evidence, and policy.

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ENVECON 153 Population, Environment, and Development 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complex interactions between population, environmental change, and economic development, including the leading theories for understanding these interactions. The origins and history of current debates are discussed as well as some of the major issues stemming from these debates, such as immigration, international trade, family planning
policies and concerns over the global commons. Specific natural resources and services like fresh water, food supply, and forest cover are analyzed as case studies. Policy options for sustainable development are discussed.
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ENVECON 154 Economics of Poverty and Technology 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Introduction to the economic framework underlying the use of technology to address rural poverty in developing countries. Analyzes the path of technology development from innovation and design to the adoption and use of technology in rural economies. Focuses on technologies related to agricultural production, processing, market access, value chains, and climate change.

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ENVECON 161 Advanced Topics in Environmental and Resource Economics 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The roots of environmental and resource economics. Theories of land and resource rent. Models of optimal use of renewable and nonrenewable resources with applications to energy and timber. Balancing environmental and extractive values. Resources, growth, and sustainability. Special topic: the problem of global climate change.

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ENVECON 162 Economics of Water Resources 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Urban demand for water; water supply and economic growth; water utility economics; irrigation demand; large water projects; economic impacts of surface water law and institutions; economics of salinity and drainage; economics of groundwater management.

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ENVECON C175 The Economics of Climate Change 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
The course will start with a brief introduction and evaluation of the scientific aspects behind climate change. Economic models will be developed to analyze the impacts of climate change and provide and critique existing and proposed policy tools. Specific topics studied are impacts on water resources and agriculture, economic evaluation of impacts, optimal control of greenhouse
gases, benefit cost analysis, international treaty formation, discounting, uncertainty, irreversibility, and extreme events.
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ENVECON C176 Climate Change Economics 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016
This course is a self-contained introduction to the economics of climate change. Climate change is caused by a large variety of economic activities, and many of its impacts will have economic consequences. Economists have studied climate change for more than two decades, and economic arguments are often powerful in policy decisions. The course will familiarize students with these arguments and equip
them with the tools to participate in discussions of climate change policy through an economic lens.
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ENVECON C181 International Trade 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017
The theory of international trade and its applications to tariff protection. This course is equivalent to UGBA 118; students will not receive credit for both courses.

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ENVECON C183 Forest Ecosystem Management 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Introduces students to concepts and quantitative tools needed for the sustainable management of multi-use forest ecosystems. Topics covered include: estimation of ecological, economic, and social values: construction of dynamic forest models, methods for optimal decision-making, and development of forest management plans. Application to current issues in temperate and tropical forest
management are discussed. Quantitative, analytical, and communication skills are emphasized. Oral presentation required.
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ENVECON 195 Senior Thesis 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Writing of a thesis under the direction of member(s) of the faculty. Subject must be approved by faculty sponsor.

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ENVECON 196 Senior Research Seminar 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2011
This course is intended as a capstone experience for undergraduates in the major coordinated by one faculty member with participation by others. Following presentations by faculty on researchable topics in their areas of expertise, students will develop ideas for a research paper and discuss in subsequent seminar sessions. Approximately the last five weeks of the semester will be devoted to student presentations
of papers either already completed or in progress, and discussion by seminar participants and faculty.
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ENVECON H196 Honors Research 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Supervised independent honors research specific to aspects of environmental economics and policy, followed by a oral presentation and a written report.

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ENVECON 197 Field Study in Environmental Economics and Policy 1 - 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Spring 2016
Supervised experience in off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects of environmental economics and policy. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written reports required.

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ENVECON 198 Directed Group Studies for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 3 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Group study of selected topic or topics in Environmental Economics and Policy.

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ENVECON 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Offered through: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Enrollment restrictions apply. Open to qualified upper division students wishing to pursue special study and directed research under the direction of a member of the staff.

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