ECON2224 Environmental Economics 2

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Natural Resource Management major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The world currently faces numerous natural resource management problems including air pollution (e.g. climate change), water quality, over exploitation of fish, other fauna and flora, as well as controversies surrounding resource intensive economic activities such as mining and logging. This has resulted in a shift in attitudes to environmental and natural resource management policies. The ability to articulate the causes and identify regulatory and incentive-based solutions to problems is a highly sought-after skill in public and private employment. After taking the unit, students are able to think about environment problems and their solutions in logical and systematic ways.
Students are able to (1) formulate pollution control and resource management problems as resource allocation problems where benefits and costs are balanced and define the necessary conditions for optimal outcomes; (2) identify and compare the range of policy instruments that are available to influence how private resource managers utilise the environment and natural resources (renewable and non-renewable); (3) understand the fundamental sources of market failure and environmental problems (e.g. pollution and biodiversity losses); and (4) develop an understanding of reforms and innovations relating to the use of policy instruments in Australia and around the world.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignments; and (3) a final two-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Ram Pandit
Unit rules
any Level 1 ECON unit
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials or labs: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]

Different journal articles are provided through the LMS (Learning Management System). The following textbooks have been recommended for this unit and the first one is the required text which has been ordered through the University Co-operative Bookshop as well.

1. Harris, J.M. and Roach, B. (2018). Environmental and Natural Resource Economics - A Contemporary Approach, 4th ed., Routledge, New York.

2. Tietenberg, T. and Lewis, L. (2015). Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 10th ed (Global Edition): Pearson Education, Sydney.

3. Hanley, N., Shogren, J., and White, B. (2013). Introduction to Environmental Economics, 2nd ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford.

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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.