PSIA, Master in Environmental Policy
Pedagogical format : Lecture alone Course validation : The course grade is based on a written midterm exam (30%) in class before the October break, a take-home assignment with a practical calculation exercise (20%) to be handed in in November, and a ﬁnal written exam (50%) scheduled during ﬁnals week in December. Pedagogical method : Lecture format, but active participation is expected from students. The lectures will be complemented with tutorials in which students can bring up speciﬁc questions related to the material, in particular for those who have not studied economics before. Course Description : The course provides an introduction to the economic analysis of natural resource extraction. Students will become familiar with economic deﬁnitions of resources and reserves and measures of resource scarcity. The course will introduce the main economic principles for analyzing non-renewable and renewable resources, with examples from the mining sector, ﬁsheries and forestry. We will discuss the role of natural resources for economic growth and the evidence of a “natural resource curse”. The course will also cover the political economy of resources and the link between natural resources and conﬂicts, in particular. We will discuss some economic principles for sustainable resource management and compare the impacts of different policy instruments to regulate the extraction of non-renewable resources or common pool renewable resources. Although this is natural resource economics, the course is open to students with different backgrounds, since past experience has shown that students who are committed to studying the material do well regardless of background. To be well prepared and to better understand the economic reasoning, I suggest reading one or two chapters in introductory texts on micro economics that I can recommend to you on request (such as Hal Varian, Intermediate Micro Economics). Required reading : The main texts for the course are selected chapters from two textbooks ; Roger Perman, Yue Ma, James McGilvray and Michael Common, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, 4th ed ; John Hartwick and Nancy Olewiler, The Economics of Natural Resource Use, 2nd ed.
NEGOTIATING DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Laurence TUBIANA (Professeur associé, Directrice scientiﬁque à PSIA), Tancrède VOITURIEZ (Directeur de programme). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Evaluation will be based on a very short mid-term paper (2-3 page) providing a critical summary of one of the suggested course readings, and a ﬁnal (8 page) dissertation. Course Description : In September 2015, the United Nations agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and decided on 17 new and universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate change. The SDGs seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what the latter did not achieve. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development : the economic, social and environmental. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development marks a watershed for development cooperation, for at least three reasons. The ambition of the global goals is without precedent. They are universal and apply to all countries, rich and poor alike. And they were decided at a time of history when the world has never been that wealthy, and the wealth so unequally distributed. Blurring historical frontiers between the “North” and the “South”, and between recipient and donor countries, the new Sustainable Development Agenda raises several issues that this course intends to address. Can poverty be history ? How tackle inequality issues in addition to environmental objectives ? Are countries equal in solving the sustainable development implementation gap ? Can industrialization – one of the SDGs – be sustainable ? How get prices and institutions right ? What is the new political econo