ENR-20306 Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy


Studiepunten 6.00

Group work4
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. AP Richter
Lecturer(s)dr. AP Richter
F Alpizar Rodriguez
dr. M Smits
Examiner(s)dr. M Smits
dr. AP Richter
F Alpizar Rodriguez

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Assumed knowledge on:

DEC-10306 Economics (BIN), RSO-10306 Sociology (BIN) or equivalents. Basic calculus (notably derivatives).

Continuation courses:

AEP-32306 Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Valuation;
ENP-31306 Economics and Management of Natural Resources;
ENP-32306 Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy;
ENR-21806 Environmental Economics in Practice.


Note: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with ENR-21306 Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences.

The main aim of the course is to gain insights into the most important environmental issues from an economic and policy point of view. The course provides an introduction into environmental economics and environmental policy and their application. The central theme is the relationship between the economy and the environment, characteristics of the sustainability discussion and policy and control methods to manage and monitor environmental problems. Problems will be analysed on an (inter)national as well as on a sectoral and company level. During the course, it will be discussed which aspects are important for setting up and executing environmental policies. Furthermore, much attention will be paid to policy and economic instruments used for changing environmentally damaging behaviour.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the relation between the environment and the economy and its relation with sustainability issues;
- apply basic theories and tools from economics and policy science to the most important environmental issues;
- understand the performance of different economic and policy instruments in environmental policies;
- analyse international environmental problems from an environmental economic and environmental policy point of view;
- create well written and well-argumented essays dealing with the way economic and policy theories can contribute to solving or analysing environmental problems.


Students have to study the literature discussed during the lectures and solve a number of exercises in order to learn to apply some of the methods discussed. Furthermore, students will work in groups of 2 to 3 students on a case study in which they apply the subjects discussed during the lectures to analyse an important environmental issue.


- written exam with open questions (60%);
- group essay (20%);
- group assignments (20%).
Each component requires a 5.50 to pass the course.


Textbooks will be announced at a later stage.

Verplicht voor: BBNForest and Nature ConservationBScA: Spec. A - Policy and Society5MO
BINInternational Development StudiesBSc5MO
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc5MO
Verplicht voor: WUECPBSc Minor Economics and Policy5MO