2018 Applied Microeconomics

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Undergraduate major in Industrial Engineering and Economics
Masui Toshihiko  Kanamori Yuko  Yamato Takehiko 
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Course description and aims

Based on the microeconomics, generation and solution of environmental problems will be discussed theoretically, and the relationship and gap between theory and practice on the environmental problems will be explained through the actual policy making process.
The environmental problems from the viewpoints of the consumers and producers are defined, and they are extended to the general equilibrium theory. Moreover, from the scenario analysis to solve the actual environmental problems, the process of problem establishment, planning of policies, and their implementation will be utilized for the actual problems

Student learning outcomes

Based on the microeconomic theory, the students will be able to explain the environmental problems and their solutions. And the students will also be able to explain the gap between theory and practice by taking the actual environmental problems.
The students will propose and assess the environmental policies to an actual environmental problem.


consumer behavior, producer behavior, general equilibrium theory, environmental problem, policy, scenario

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Each class will be explained by using the related literatures. And through the presentation by students, the students will deepen the debate on the solution by environmental policies.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Household economy and environmental generation from household activity Explain characteristics of household economy and environmental load generation from household sector
Class 2 Consumer choice Explain consumer choice theory
Class 3 Time and household production (1) Explain basic theory of time and household production
Class 4 Time and household production (2) Explain comprehensive theory of time and household production
Class 5 Time and household production (3) Understand comprehensive theory of time and household production
Class 6 Estimation of environmental load from household consumption Explain theory of modeling on household consumption and environmental load generation
Class 7 Modeling on household consumption and environmental load generation Discuss real problems about modeling on household consumption and environmental load generation
Class 8 Theory of production function Explain the theory of production function.
Class 9 Environmental problems cased by production sector Analyze the environmental problems and their solutions in production sector.
Class 10 Input-Output analysis Explain the basic input-output analysis.
Class 11 General equilibrium theory and environment Explain the basic general equilibrium theory and its application to environmental problems.
Class 12 Innovation and environmental problems Discuss the relationship among the solution of environmental problems, economic development and technologies.
Class 13 Environmental policies Discuss the environmental policies and their problem.
Class 14 Future scenario Explain the scenario development to solve the problems.
Class 15 Presentation on environmental problem solution Make a presentation on environmental problems and their solutions, and discuss to improve the proposal.


Since the topics cover very broad issues, the related literatures will be provided each time.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

The related literatures will be provided each time.

Assessment criteria and methods

Periodical small report for each class (30%), presentation (30%) and final report (40%)

Related courses

  • IEE.B333 : Environmental Economics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are desired to complete both Microeconomics I (IEE.B201.E) and Microeconomics II (IEE.B202.E).

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Prof. Toshihiko Masui (masui[at]nies.go.jp)
Prof. Yuko Kanamori (kanamori[at]nies.go.jp)

Office hours

Before and after the class, professor will stay in his/her office. Contact using email, because usually professors work at National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba.

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