Environmental Economics


Recent research topics in the environmental field include theoretical work discounting future outcomes in the economics of climate change, empirical work tracking the health consequences of legacy lead pollution, and contingent valuation studies of rare cultural resources. In addition, environmental faculty have worked with faculty in the regional field to develop a computable general equilibrium model to analyze state-level policy questions related to the deployment of renewable energy sources in Colorado. Graduate students have been instrumental in many of these and other environmental research projects. The field benefits from a close working relationship with environmental economists in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. We also benefit from The Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, co-directed by Prof. Sammy Zahran.  The Center conducts research in a variety of disaster management areas, including environmental assessment and modeling.

Graduate Courses


ECON 540 Economics of Natural Resources — Public natural resources policy, effect on resource use in private sector, optimal pricing of minerals, timber and fisheries, public project analysis.

Econ 541 Environmental Economics — Economics of environmental policy; partial equilibrium and general equilibrium models; pollution; natural environments; population and economic growth.