With high expectations for an ambitious and binding global climate agreement to be reached in Paris in December 2015, this course will provide students with an understanding of the key negotiation issues, country positions and challenges to achieving global consensus. The course will employ an experiential learning approach and emphasize practical skills such as debate, communication, negotiation and team building. This course is team taught with Dr. Anand Patwardhan.
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to a range of quantitative methods used in policy and decision analysis, focusing on applications in environment and energy. These methods are used to help structure and provide guidance to decision-makers on “messy problems”, especially those that require synthesizing technical information, balancing different priorities and accounting for uncertainty.Read more about PUAF689K: Decision Analysis
This is an intermediate level microeconomics course that focuses on providing the tools to explain real life and public policy issues. The course covers how firms and consumers allocate resources, how economic agents respond to changes in incentives, how the market functions in unregulated and regulated environments, and the effect of market failures and government remedies. We illustrate these concepts using extended case studies of particular issues in such areas as the environment, international trade, industry regulation, and the provision of public goods.Read more about PUAF640: Microeconomic Theory and Policy Analysis