This short course provides a refresher of introductory microeconomics and an overview of intermediate microeconomics, with an emphasis on topics that are pertinent to the analysis of environmental issues (e.g., market failures, externalities, common pool and open access resources, and the implications of policy interventions).
PUBPOL 631K: Research methods in environmental studies: Fall 2019
This graduate level course focuses on imparting a critical perspective of, and an empirical familiarity with, the range of methods available to researchers in the environmental sciences, including both health sciences and social sciences. Topics covered include quantitative and qualitative methods, experimental and quasi-experimental research designs in both the health and social sciences, sampling and sample size determination, survey design and implementation, and the process of publishing academic research.
PUBPOL 871K: Environmental policy analysis: Fall 2018-2019
This graduate level, professional course provides tools for thinking about, conducting, and communicating analysis of environmental policies. Many of the concepts and tools are discussed are widely applicable to various types of policy settings, but the focus in this course will be explicitly policy problems related to the environment. The class contains a mix of conceptual or theoretical foundations related to the process of policy analysis and policymaking, as well as practical tools and applications that will be useful in the actual structuring and conducting of environmental policy analysis.
PUBPOL 872K: Environmental economics and policy practicum: Spring 2019-2021
This graduate level, professional course gives students an opportunity to apply the skills they acquired in previous courses (environmental policy analysis, environmental economics, statistics and program evaluation, etc.) in a practical consulting experience in research and policy analysis. In addition to the the client-based projects, semi-weekly course meetings provide students with a deeper and more comprehensive grounding in economic policy analysis, specifically cost-benefit analysis (CBA).
ENVIRON 806K: Environmental economics II: Spring 2020-2021
This graduate level course examines environmental issues in developing countries, including those pertaining to both indoor and outdoor air pollution, but also the management of natural resources such as land, water, and forests in rural areas in developing countries. The focus is on empirical studies that attempt to quantify the impact of human behavior on environmental outcomes or the impact of changing environmental conditions on human and developmental outcomes.
PUBPOL 101: Introduction to Policy Analysis: Spring 2021
This undergraduate introductory course provides tools for thinking about, conducting, and communicating analysis of public policies. The class contains a mix of conceptual and theoretical foundations related to the process of policy analysis and policymaking, as well as practical tools and applications that are useful in structuring and conducting policy analysis. Course assessments are designed to help students think critically about various domestic and international policy challenges, to test their ability to apply analytical concepts and tools to specific policy problems, and to help develop their communication skills in diverse ways.
Introduction to discrete choice experiments (Malawi, 2016)
Experimental methods of non-market valuation (Nepal, 2017)