Environmental Economics – the course program
Can material wellbeing for humanity be reconciled with high environmental quality? Who are the winners and the losers of ambitious climate policies? Is environmental regulation best accomplished through bans – or are there smarter instruments available? – Questions such as these are at the center of environmental economics, a specialized field concerned with the relationship between the economy and the environment.
The field of environmental economics suits students that are excited by intellectual challenges, political relevance, and an interest in some of the existential questions of modern societies. Students ought to possess analytical rigor and econometric capabilities, an interest in natural sciences and engineering, and a general open-mindedness.
There are several courses in environmental economics offered each term. At the BSc level, we offer a two-semester course sequence of Environmental Economics I, which covers the normative foundations, and Environmental Economics II, dedicated to macroeconomic and positive aspects. At the MSc level, the core course is a one-semester graduate-level course in Environmental and Climate Economics. Courses covering additional subjects and adding depth to specific topics and methods are offered on an ad hoc basis. In addition, students benefit from the cooperation between the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim, which allows students on both campuses to receive credit for coursework at the other location. Be aware of the differences in term dates between the campuses.
Current course program in environmental economics at the RCEE and Mannheim (instructor and campus):
- Environmental Economics I (Goeschl, HD)
- A Critical Assessment of ‘Doughnut Economics’ (Goeschl, HD)
- Natural Resource Economics (Diekert, HD)
- Stimulating Sustainable Behaviours (van den Broek, HD)
- Using psychology theories to understand sustainable behaviour (van den Broek, HD)
- Experimental Methods in Environmental Economics (Balietti, HD)
- Empirical Environmental Economics (Wagner, MA)
- PhD Reading Course in Environmental Economics (Wagner, MA)