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Environmental Economics
(dt. Umweltökonomik)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture, recitation class,
180 hours (attendance: 56 hours preparation and follow-up: 56 hours exam preparation: 68 hours)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Written examination or term paper or presentation
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Economics.
One semester,
each winter semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Björn Vollan


Environmental economics deals with the question of the causes and possible solutions of environmental problems as well as their chances of implementation. The course "Environmental Economics" aims to analyze the environmental problem from an economic perspective and to propose solutions. Different policy areas including international environmental problems are discussed and a variety of instruments are presented (taxes, tradable certificates, subsidies). The lecture and the interactive part of the exercise are closely interlinked. The second part of the lecture will focus on psychological aspects of environmental behavior, which are often neglected from an economic point of view because they do not provide monetary incentives to change behavior. Nevertheless, norms and morals can also play an important role in solving environmental problems. The fundamentals of environmental problem analysis are applied to selected aspects of local, national, and international environmental problems (climate change agreements).

Qualification Goals

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the theoretical and empirical foundations of environmental economics and to show how economic theories can be used to derive recommendations for political action to solve concrete economic problems. In doing so, the students should develop methodological knowledge through their own contributions in the exercise units.




Module imported from B.Sc. Economics.

When studying M.Sc. Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Minor subject Economics.

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