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Courses Currently Taught

NEW in Spring 2018 at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:
Undergraduate Agricultural Policy
Graduate Natural Resource Economics

Previously taught (Purdue University, 2008-2017)

Natural Resource and Environmental Economics (Undergraduate, >100 students/yr, 2008-2016)
Introduction to economic models of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources and the use of these models in the analysis of resource use and current environmental issues. Introduction to public goods, valuation of environmental goods and services, property rights, and the economics of pollution control.

Economic Dynamics (PhD, 10-15 students/yr, 2011-2013)
Theory of dynamic optimization and application to problems in economics. Covers continuous-time and discrete-time dynamic optimization techniques, including optimal control theory and dynamic programming. Applications are drawn from a range of problems in microeconomics, including current topics in agricultural economics, natural resource economics, and investment theory.

Environmental Policy Analysis (Graduate, 23 students, Fall 2009)
Course Description: The course will consist of three parts, beginning with a foundation of economic concepts for environmental policy analysis and management, including marginal analysis, welfare measures, property rights, policy instruments, and the jointly-determined nature of social and environmental systems. The second section of the course will focus on case studies of environmental policies and will combine readings and in-class discussions with faculty from several disciplines in other departments and colleges across campus. Cases will cover a variety of different environmental media and policy issues that are the subject of past or ongoing environmental policy research at different scales of analysis (local/regional/national/global). Students will form small interdisciplinary teams and develop their own applications or cases over the course of the semester, presenting them to the class during the third section of the course.


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