Sustainability and social responsibility are criteria that are increasingly being applied in decision-making by corporations and government agencies. This two-semester Honors Thesis Seminar familiarizes students with issues related to sustainability and social responsibility and their impact on communities, business organizations, and governments. This course is open to all majors and emphasizes multidisciplinary perspectives to sustainability issues.
This course introduces students to the economic foundations of cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and equips students with the tools necessary to conduct these analyses. Cost-benefit analysis is widely used to evaluate a diverse array of public programs including environmental and other types of regulations, resource management alternatives, and a range of public spending programs. The tools covered in this course, such as discounting, predicting and monetizing project impacts, and accounting for risk and uncertainty, are broadly applicable to decision making in the private sector and in everyday life. This course is part of the General Education (GenEd) Integrative Experience (IE) requirement for Resource Economics majors.
This is an advanced graduate course covering theory and empirical applications. I co-teach this course with other faculty in environmental economics.