Environmental Policy and Economics OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Course on Environmental Policy and Regulation

Published Feb 17, 2009

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How much should governments regulate pollution, and how should they accomplish this? You'll find answers to these questions in this free 'Environmental Policy and Economics' OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The original MIT course, which was an elective in the Economics bachelor's degree program, explored different perspectives on environmental policy and regulation and environmental protection cost estimation procedures.

Environmental Policy and Economics: Course Specifics

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Environmental Policy and Economics: Course Description

MIT's original 'Environmental Policy and Economics' course helped students evaluate complex policy decisions about environmental protection. Since protecting the environment can negatively impact economic growth, students learned how to take these unintended consequences into account. 'Environmental Policy and Economics' students also learned to examine the human impact of environmental degradation. Professor Michael Greenstone designed the course to help students think critically about environmental policy and use statistical methods to weigh the costs and benefits of specific environmental regulations. This lecture course was optionally offered for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in Economics from MIT.

An extensive reading list, problem sets, exam reviews, a tutorial for STATA statistical software and a STATA dataset file are all available for public use on this OpenCourseWare. You can access this OpenCourseWare by visiting the economics of environmental regulation course page.

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