Summer 2022 - ECON 260 D100

Environmental Economics (3)

Class Number: 2665

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 103 or 200, with a minimum grade of C-.



Economic analysis of environmental problems (water and air pollution, etc.). Evaluation of market failures due to externalities and public goods. Market and non-market regulation of environmental problems. Students with credit for ECON 360 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


This course introduces students to the relationship between economic activity and the environment. The objective is to familiarize students with the causes, consequences, and possible solutions to environmental issues. Topics covered include externalities, public goods, environmental valuation, and policies for environmental regulations. The course will also cover global environmental issues such as climate change.



Tentative Lecture Schedule:


Lecture 1: Couse Overview and Introduction.

Lecture 2: Externalities, Property Rights, Social Cost.

Lecture 3: Government's Role I (Public goods, Permits, Taxes).

Lecture 4: Government's Role II (unintended consequences).

Lecture 5: Economics of site selection I (firms).

Lecture 6: Economics of site selection II (individuals).

Lecture 7: Environmental Valuation I (revealed preferences).

Lecture 8: Environmental Valuation II (stated preferences).

Lecture 9: Transportation externalities.

Lecture 10: Climate Change I (science).

Lecture 11: Climate Change II (policy & citizens).

Lecture 12: Climate Change III (adaptation).

Lecture 13: Final Review and Projects presentations.



  • Project 30%
  • Assignments 25%
  • Tutorial Participation 10%
  • Final Exam 35%



Kahn, M. Fundamentals of Environmental and Urban Economics. 2021.

Field, B. and Field, M. Environmental Economics: An Introduction. McGraw-Hill, 8th Edition, 2021.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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