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Economics of Development and the Environment

Course within the Masterprogramme in Economics.

Many of the world's greatest challenges concern the interaction between human and environmental systems. This course will provide an overview of the interactions between the environment and development, with an emphasis on the two-way interactions between them. Ecological constraints significantly shape the patterns of economic development, demography, wealth and poverty, while at the same time anthropogenic activities alter the physical environment. Lectures will cover theoretical models of connections, early empirical evidence and patterns in the data, and new cutting edge empirical studies at the nexus of environment and development. The course will also provide an overview of the fundamentals of environmental economics. The course is designed to complement Development Economics and Climate and the Economy. Students interested in development and environment are encouraged to take the three courses as a sequence, but neither course is a prerequisite.

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course.

    Course material will be available through the learning platform Athena during the course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures. The language of instruction is English.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written assignment, and a presentation of an empirical researchpaper.


    Examiner: Lars Vahtrik

    Course director: Anna Tompsett

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Contact

    Course administrator master's level
    Academic advisor master's level
    Director of studies - first and second level