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Economic Thinking for Planners: Economics of the Environment

This course provides an introduction to environmental economics by exploring the economic effects of national and local environmental policies. By the end of the course, you'll understand market failure, externalities, and private and social costs, applying these concepts to issues like recycling, species preservation, and climate change.

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Course Info

  • Duration 11 video lessons (56 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2015
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. Divergence, Private vs. Social Costs (2 mins)
  • 3. Conflicting Rights (6 mins)
  • 4. Getting Prices Right (10 mins)
  • 5. Recycling (2 mins)
  • 6. Species Preservation (3 mins)
  • 7. Negotiation and Adjudication (2 mins)
  • 8. Cap-and-Trade (5 mins)
  • 9. Climate Change (7 mins)
  • 10. Economic Thinking vs. Environmentalism (6 mins)
  • 11. Environmental Kuznets Curve (4 mins)

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to environmental economics by exploring the economic effects of national or local environmental policies, answering questions such as: What are market compatible environmental policies? Why are such policies attractive? What happens when markets fail to allocate resources effectively? By the end of this course, you'll understand market failure, externalities, and private and social costs, applying these concepts to issues like recycling, species preservation, and climate change.

Learn these skills

  • Development
  • Economics
  • Environmental Planning
  • Land Use
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

Meet Your Instructor

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy. His research interests are in applied urban economics.

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