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Environmental economics and policy
Code: G2402B
Teacher:  Danilo Bertoni
CFU subdivision: Lectures: 3
Practices in classroom: 1
Basic aims:  To provide the basis for the study of environmental microeconomics and macroeconomics. To provide awareness of the main policies aimed at rural development and agriculture multifunctionality
Acquired skills:  To study environment under an economic point of view. To understand how economic instrument to control pollution work. To correctly understand the concept of agriculture multifunctionality highlighting different interpretations. To know EU Rural Development Policies particularly referring to the implementation of single schemes.
Course contents:  1) Introduction to environmental economics 2) Environment-economy interactions 3)Environmental microeconomics 4) Renewable natural resources economics 5)Agriculture multifunctionality 6) Agri-environmental and Rural Development Policies
Program:  1) Introduction to environmental economics Environmental economics history Natural resources in classical and neoclassical economics Environmental economics, natural resources economics and ecological economics 2) Environment-economy interactions Economic growth and environmental sustainability Sustainable development 3)Environmental microeconomics Market failure Private and public goods Externalities The socially optimal level of pollution Pollution regulation: Incentive vs command-and-control mechanism The socially optimal level of pollution and taxation The polluter-pays principle The pigouvian tax The costs of pollution reduction Pollution taxes effects on consumers Economical implications of command-and-control approach Taxes vs standards in the presence of information asymmetry Environmental subsidies Deposit-refund systems Tradable emission permits The Kyoto Protocol and EU emission trading system 4) Renewable natural resources economics 5)Agriculture multifunctionality Multifunctionality: theoretical background The different viewpoints on multifunctionality: the positive and the normative interpretation Joint production and externalities linked to agricultural production The multiple functions of agriculture Multifunctionality: policy implications CAP and multifunctionality The CAP 2014-2020 and the environment: the CAP greening 6) Rural Development Policies Rural Development: theoretical background The history of EU Rural Development EU Rural Development Policies 2014-2020 The Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 of the Lombardy Region
Prerequisites:  Knowledge of basic microeconomic models relating to supply and demand theory and market equilibrium.
Preparatory instructions:  Info not available
Learning materials:  1) For course slides contact the the teacher 2) Course books FIRST PART D.W. Pearce, R.K. Turner, Economia delle risorse naturali e dell’ambiente, il Mulino Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,16 (commercially not available) alternatively Turner R.K., Pearce D.W., Bateman I., Economia ambientale, Il Mulino Chapters 1,2,4,5 to deepen T. Tietenberg, Economia dell’ambiente; McGraw-Hill, 2006 SECOND PART Multifunctionality Henke R., Verso il riconoscimento di una agricoltura multifunzionale, Inea, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, 2004 Chapters 1,2,3,4 Rural Development Mantino F., Sviluppo rurale in Europa, Edagricole, 2008 Chapters 1,2,3,4,8,9
Other info:  The exam consists of a written examination in order to verify the student's knowledge on both the theoretical aspects of environmental economics and on the policy instruments related to agro-environment.
The written exam consists of 7 closed questions and 1 open question.
To transcript the whole exam of 'Estimo ed economia forestale e dell'ambiente', a minimum mark of at least 18/30 must be got both in the test of 'Economia e politica ambientale' (UD2) and 'Estimo forestale e ambientale' ( UD1).
The mark got in the test of 'Economia e politica ambientale' (UD2) accounts for 50% of the final mark of the whole exam of 'Estimo ed economia forestale e dell'ambiente'
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