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Environmental economics

Environmental economics deals with the economic aspects of global, national and local environmental problems and policies. More specifically, this includes identifying the causes behind environmental problems which are often related to dilemmas of joint action in the face of market failures. We estimate the costs and benefits of policies dealing with areas as air pollution, water quality, toxic substances, solid waste, natural resources and global warming, and how such policies interact with human behavior.

Members of the Environmental Economics Group at the Department of Economics conduct theoretical and empirical research on three main areas. Firstly, the reasons for market and policy failure at the micro and macro levels. Secondly, the selection and design of policy instruments, both nationally (in both rich and poor countries) and globally, to deal with environmental issues. Thirdly, much of our research focuses on experimental and valuation studies and their behavioral foundations.

PhD-program in Environmental Economics
 

Since 2007 the Environmental Economics Unit runs a program for a PhD in Environmental Science with a focus on economics. The entry requirements for this program are are also somewhat different from the PhD program in economics because the PhD-candidates are given the opportunity to combine courses in economics with courses in environmental science. To be eligible for admission, external funding for four years is required. The course requirements in the program, as specified in the general study plan, are also somewhat different from the PhD program in economics with the aim of facilitating for the PhD-candidates to combine courses in economics with courses in environmental science. Four theses have been successfully defended within this program (until June 2018).

The thesis work and studies have been similar to the PhD theses in economics in very broad terms. For more detailed advice, please see the relevant study plan (Studieplan för forskarutbildning i miljövetenskap) attached below or contact the examiner, Thomas Sterner.

Studyplan for PhD-program in Environmental Economics

Contact Information

Thomas Sterner, Professor in Environmental Economics

Phone:
031-786 13 77

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