Explain the mechanism of climate change and mitigation & adaptation policies, and introduce the countermeasures in Japan.
And assess the mitigation policies toward a low carbon society by using the general equilibrium model, and discuss the necessary countermeasures to avoid the climate change.
Understand the roles of science and policy to solve the climate change issue. Then understand how the science can contribute to the environmental policies.
Through the programming of computable general equilibrium model, try to quantify the environmental policies, and assess the appropriate policies.
Environmental policy, climate change, mitigation and adaptation, policy and science, general equilibrium model
|✔ 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||Science and policy on climate change||Understand the scientific knowledge on climate change.|
|Class 2||Climate mitigation policy||Understand the climate mitigation policy.|
|Class 3||Climate change impacts and adaptation policy||Understand the climate change impacts and adaptation policy.|
|Class 4||History of mitigation policy in Japan||Understand the history of mitigation policy in Japan.|
|Class 5||General equilibrium model (1) Data||Develop the dataset necessary to computable general equilibrium model.|
|Class 6||General equilibrium model (2) Behaviors of producer and consumer||Formulate the behaviors of producer and consumer.|
|Class 7||General equilibrium model (3) Theory||Solve computable general equilibrium model.|
|Class 8||General equilibrium model (4) Simulation||Simulate computable general equilibrium model under the prepared dataset.|
|Class 9||General equilibrium model (5) Assessment of mitigation||Solve the climate change mitigation policy using computable general equilibrium model.|
|Class 10||Assessment of climate change policies (presentation)||Make a presentation on the simulation results and make the problems clear.|
|Class 11||model and policy||Understand the role of model at the policy making process.|
|Class 12||Economic development and environmental problems (1) Environmental Kuznets Curve||Explore the examples of Environmental Kuznets Curve.|
|Class 13||Economic development and environmental problems (2) Porter Hypothesis||Explore the examples of Porter Hypothesis.|
|Class 14||Sustainable development||Understand the definition of sustainable development.|
|Class 15||Toward the long-term environmental policies (presentation)||Explore the countermeasures to protect the environment for a long period, and clarify the further problems.|
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 (40%) and final report (30%)
Students are desired to understand the basic knowledge on microeconomics and microeconomics.
Prof. Toshihiko Masui (masui[at]nies.go.jp)
Before and after the class, professor will stay in his/her office. Contact using email, because usually professor works at National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba.