ENR-21806 Environmental Economics in Practice


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
F Alpizar Rodriguez
Examiner(s)F Alpizar Rodriguez
dr. ir. RA Groeneveld

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ENR-21306 Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences or ENR-20306 Environmental Economics and Policy.

Continuation courses:

BSc Thesis Environmental Economics and Natural Resources; 
ENP-32306 Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy.


This course deals with a selection of current issues in environmental economic policy from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. Students will get insight into the role of environmental economics in the development of environmental policies, and write a literature review on a topic of their own choice. We will focus on four current affairs in the environmental debate, each of which is dealt with in a lecture on the economic theory of the topic and in a tutorial or computer practical to practice the use of a quantitative analysis tool for this topic. The topics vary year by year in order to link up with current policy issues. The course is specifically geared towards BSc students who are looking for a thesis topic in environmental economics.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain for a selection of current environmental policy issues what economic mechanisms underlie these problems and how they might be analyzed;
- apply basic quantitative economic analysis tools, such as linear regression, input-output modelling, and optimization models to evaluate environmental policies;
- explain the different steps in a cost-benefit analysis and its role in the process of environmental policy-making;
- write a literature review on an environmental-economic topic of their own choice.


The course aims to introduce second-year BSc students to the major policy issues and analysis tools in environmental economics. Four policy issues will be discussed, each in one instruction lecture and one computer practical or tutorial. In addition students will write individually a literature review to give a brief overview of the economic and environmental aspects of a topic of the student's own choice. This could be one of the four topics discussed in the lectures, but students are free to choose another topic. The literature review will be discussed in tutorials where students can compare each other's review and get feedback from the lecturers.


- literature review (50%);
- written exam with open exams (50%).
Both components require a minimum of 5.50 to pass.


Literature for this course will consist of selected reports and scientific articles on the topics selected for the course. The literature, or the references to the literature, will be provided through Brightspace.

Restricted Optional for: BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc6MO
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc6MO