ENR-21806 Environmental Economics in Practice


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. RA Groeneveld
prof. dr. ir. PJGJ Hellegers
Examiner(s)prof. dr. EC van Ierland

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences; or Environmental Economics and Policy

Continuation courses:

BSc Thesis; 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. The course aims to give students insight into the role of environmental economics in the development of environmental policies, focusing on a selection of five current affairs in the environmental debate. For each topic, the course includes a lecture on the economic theory behind the topic and a guest lecture about how the topic is dealt with in reality. The guest lectures are given by experts from government institutions, research institutes, private consultancies, and NGOs.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain for a selection of the most important environmental problems what economic mechanisms underlie these problems;
- compare the effectiveness and efficiency of the most widely used policy instruments in these issues, according to economic theory as well as in their practical application;
- explain the different steps in a cost-benefit analysis and its role in environmental policy;
- defend a position on an environmental economic policy issue in a well-written essay.


The first part of the course comprises a series of six guest lectures, including an excursion and six instruction lectures. Participation in the guest lectures is compulsory. A preparation form with the key learning points and discussion questions has to be handed in before the relevant guest lecture. A sample of the discussion questions will be dealt with during the lecture. The students are expected to participate proactively in the discussion following the presentation by the guest-lecturer. A short essay on the topic of the guest lecture has to be handed in within one week after the lecture.


In order to pass the course, it is necessary to receive at least a (5.5) for two parts of the course. The grade for the first part (guest lectures) will be based on the quality and extensiveness of the material handed in for the guest lectures as well as the student's participation in the discussions. The grade for the second part (instruction lectures) will be based on a written exam. Both parts of the course contribute 50% to the final grade.


Reader 'Environmental Economics in Practice', Wageningen University;
The reader will be provided at the first session.

Keuze voor: BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc4WD
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc4WD