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
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
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
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|
|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.
The related literatures will be provided each time.
Periodical small report for each class (30%), presentation (30%) and final report (40%)
Students are desired to complete both Microeconomics I (IEE.B201.E) and Microeconomics II (IEE.B202.E).
Prof. Toshihiko Masui (masui[at]nies.go.jp)
Prof. Yuko Kanamori (kanamori[at]nies.go.jp)
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.