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KT043020 KTS18 Seminar in Environmental Policy 6 ECTS
Organised by
Person in charge
Moriah Bostian
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2014–2015 X

Learning outcomes

This course will apply the theory of environmental policy to contemporary environmental problems in Finland and the EU. These will include climate change, air and water pollution, fishery and forest resources, and genetically engineered crops.

We will begin with an overview of externalities, common-pool resources and public goods, and dynamic efficiency. We will then focus on various EU environmental policies, including the Emissions Trading System, Common Agricultural Policy, and Common Fisheries Policy. Students will work independently to research a specific EU environmental policy issue and the course will culminate with student research presentations.

Throughout, we will consider questions related to policy instrument design, market efficiency, the role of institutions and the distributional implications of environmental policies in practice. We will follow a seminar format, discussing readings from the environmental policy literature. Students will be assigned to present the discussion readings.


The objectives of this course are for you to:

Apply the theory of environmental policy to contemporary environmental and natural resource problems.
Become familiar with various EU environmental policies
Use economic theory to cary out environmental policy analysis

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Written exam
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English

The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:

Article Discussion 20%
Midterm Exam 40%
Final Paper 40%


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

4. year spring
5. year spring

Ei opetustarjonnassa 2015-16.

Study materials

William Baumol and Wallace Oates (1988). The Theory of Environmental Policy, 2nd Edition

Charles Kolstad (2011). Environmental Economics, 2nd Edition.

Supplementary readings will be assigned in class.

Further information

Attendance is restricted to 8 students.

Belongs to following study modules

Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Department of Economics
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Department of Economics
Finnish Study Modules