This course offers an introduction to “environmental policy economics”. Students will use economic, political science, and institutional frameworks to explore the causes and potential solutions to environmental problems.
The course will not only cover basic regulatory tools such as standards, subsidies and taxes, but also emphasise on broader approaches that involve more active participation by the private sector, such as information programmes, environmental markets, and technology adoption. At the end of the course, the student is expected to be capable of understanding important issues such as climate change mitigation, biodiversity protection, fisheries management, and water and air quality.
Course Prerequisites: for this course, prior microeconomics experience can help but it certainly is not absolutely necessary.
Suzi Kerr holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University (1995). She is a Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Institute and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University. Additionally, she has been visiting professor at Stanford University (2009-2010) and MIT (2001). From 1998 to 2009 she was Director at Motu. In 2010 she won the NZIER Economics Award. Professor Kerr’s research interests include domestic and international emissions, trading issues with special emphasis on land use in the tropics and New Zealand, domestic climate policy, and nutrient trading.