Environmental Economics and Policy 1
Economics 3

Instructor:  Peter Berck,
pberck@berkeley.edu  Home Page
224 Giannini Hall
Office Hour:  12/2 10-1130; 12/5 11-1230; 12/7 1030-12;  12/9 1230-2.  (and then I am gone.)

Lecture:  M W and F at 2-3PM in 105 North gate

 

Sections: M 9-10A, Evans 736; W 8-9, 2066 VLS; W 4-5 P, 185 Barrows from 9/14, F 3-4, 138 Morgan

GSI's: Xi Lu  (M at 9 and W at 8) and  CLAIRE  DUQUENNOIS(W at 4 and F at 3  )


Xi Lu Office hours:  Monday 10am-11am, Tuesday 4pm-5pm. Giannini 236.
luxi_are@berkeley.edu  

 

 

Claire Duquennois Office Hours:  Mon 3:10-4pm and Tue 2-3pm in rm 254 claire.duqennois@berkeley.edu 

Web Cast:   will be automatically posted to CalCentral, the student portal, on the Class Page for ECON C3. . The bCourses site for ECON C3 will also have the recordings  using the Webcasts tool .

Quizzes:    September 26  and Nov 4

 

Final exam group 15: Thursday, DECEMBER 15, 2016   3-6PM

Problem sets--PS1  PS2   PS3     PS4        PS5.  (despite dates on the pages, these are current.)

Who, What, When, Where and Maybe Why  (Class policies--must read!)

Addison Wesley's web site for the book--links to most of the references and other interesting places

 

The text is Berck and Helfand, Economics of the Environment, Addison Wesley 2011.  (ERRATA)

The background photo for this page  is steamboat geyser in Yellowstone.

 

  1.  Supply and Demand *(PowerPoint). (1st and 2nd Class, 27th and 1)  BH2 
  2. Energy Administration Web site
  3. Elasticity.   Covered in First Section p.14
  4. Taxes and Policies* 2nd Class  BH2  (p. 25) pdf   (8/29/16)
  5. Environmental Taxes--in a comparison of CA and Swedish Environmental Policy
  6. Problem Set 1 due 97/2016 
  7. A First Look at Market Failures 9/7  BH 3
  8. Some Air pollution resources:  EPA's description of the Clean Air Act  California Air Quality Farrell et al on Ethanol
  9. The Stern Review
  10.  Demand, Indifference, and Budget   9/9-14  BH 4
  11. The USDA page on food stamps (now SNAP)
  12. Consumer Surplus and the longer and better powerpoint version  Consumer Surplus   BH:5  9/16-21
  13. Problem Set 2 due 9/16
  14. Review 9/232016  :    Review Sheet for Quiz 1 
  15. quiz 1 9/26 
  16. Revealed Preference-- pdf *Benefit Estimation BH  6 9/28-30
  17. Stated Preference-- pdf *Benefit Estimation  BH 7 9/30-10/3 (religious holiday)
  18. Read "Conservation Reconsidered"  (Use link below to JSTOR--will work from campus IP or you will need to use the library proxy server. (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/proxy.html).)  This will be covered in section.
     
    John V. Krutilla
    The American Economic Review, Vol. 57, No. 4. (Sep., 1967), pp. 777-786.
    Stable URL: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0002-8282%28196709%2957%3A4%3C777%3ACR%3E2.0.CO%3B2-V
  19. Emma Aisbett's notes on Krutilla
  20. Problem Set III  Oct 12
  21. Techniques, Isoquants and Cospdf  BH 8 10/5-12 (12th is yom kippur)
  22. Clean air act
  23. NYT magazine  April 4, 2004  "Changing all the rules" by Bruce Barcott.  Section 6; Column 1; Magazine Desk; Pg. 38 (New Source Performance Standards) 
     AEP billion $ Settlement . New York Times. (Late Edition (East Coast)). New York, N.Y.: Oct 9, 2007. pg. C.6
    Environmental Defense Fund v. Duke Energy
    REMEMBER  . (http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/Help/proxy.html).)   needs to be installed to use the Library from home!!!
  24. Conservation Supply curves  (Laitner et al.)
  25. Costs and Such  BH 9 (price = marginal cost)   (10/14-17/2016)
  26. Trading game
  27. Fixed Costs, etc and Profits, Derivation of Supply Curve  pdf (powerpoint) BH 9   to be 10/19-21/2016
  28. Problem set 4 due Oct 28 
  29. 2016 Review Subjects for Quiz 2   11/3/2016
  30. Quiz 2 Nov 4 2016 (return Nov 7 or 9)
  31. Air, High Speed Rail...  
  32. Surplus, Welfare, Environment * (Oct 24-26) BH 10 and 11
  33. Allocating Pollution Between Firms   Coase Theorem  10/28-31  BH 10 and 11
  34. Materials for a trading game  game sheet  (Nov 7-9) 
  35. Ronald Coase  "The Problem of Social Cost" 
  36. How to Reduce Pollution:  The policy angle  BH  12 and 13 11/14
  37. Interest Rates and Cost Benefit Analysis.  BH 15 and 14.  also see Interest Rates 11/16-21
  38. Cost Benefit Analysis  BH 15 11/21
  39. Green Accounting Nov 28, 2016  Ch 18.
  40. Sustainability Power Point Presentation  not 2016
  41. Problem Set 5 Due Nov 28    (Long problem set, start early.)
  42. Final review sheet 2016
  43. Review for Final. Nov 30 and Dec 2
  44. Reading week --review session likely W or F.

 

Learning Goals: 1.  Understand everyday economic problems.  2.  Use economic theory to understand and evaluate policy proposals.  3.  Solve problems with clear solution.  4. Understand economic news.   5.  Learn how and why negative externalities should be controlled.

Problem Sets For 2010

PS1  PS2  PS3  PS4  PS5

 

_____________________Older Material for Reference______________________

 

 

  1. Marginal Product (but fundamentally not necessary to the way we presented the firm)
  2. History of Agricultural Policy: An Outline and the better Ag. Policy Talk (powerpoint)  (Still BH 2)
  3. Look at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Features/FarmBill/ for the current farm bill.  Agricultural Policies ( a list of policies with short explanation of each)  For more info on the Farm Credit System.  Ag Wrapup
  4. Budget Constraints and Food Stamps* (including graphs from class)
  5. Consumer Theory I  The Chosen Bundle  PowerPoint Presentation *  9/8-13  BH 4
  6. Consumer Theory Brief Html
  7. Deriving the Demand Curve*   9/13/2010 BH 4
  8. Price and Quantity Regulation: An Isoquant Story (repeats earlier material)
  9. Some Loose Ends (1999)
  10. Pareto Optimality 2007 version Powerpoint Presentation. Includes a proof that CE is PO and Coase Theorem.
  11. Public Goods  
  12. Exhaustible Resources  BH 17  Dec 2.
  13. Review Dec 4 and Dec 9.
  14. Forestry and Environmental Laws   (2007 version)    Powerpoint.  (quite long.)
  15. Water Primer  Powerpoint
  16. Competition and Environment 
  17. Garbage and California Recycling
  18. Fish and Capital
  19. Notes on International Environment
  20. Isoquants and Techniques*(powerpoint.  has Timmer example) BH 8  (10/7/09)
  21. Isoquants to Cost Curves; Regulation and Isoquants *(powerpoint) (10/12/09)
  22. Isoquants, Factor Demand, Deriving Cost   10/12*
  23. Cost Functions and 
  24. Fixed Costs, Profits, Bankruptcy FC,Profit, Bankruptcy ppt (not 2010)

Summary List of Concepts  Review for Final 06  Final Review of 07 Final Review 08 Final Review 09

There are no answers to final exams.  Only midterms have written out answers.

Sample Exams:  1997 Midterm Exam  1997 Final Exam  2000 Final 2002 Final  2003Final Quiz 2 '04 Ans to Q2 '04

2004 Exam I Answer to Exam I 04 Quiz    Answers   Quiz 1 2006   Answer   Quiz II 06  Quiz II Answer 06  2006Final 2007Midterm Ans2007 QuizI 2008 Ans  Quiz2 2008 ans  Final 08 MidI_09 ans Mid2_09 ans final09  Mid1_2010  ans  Mid2_2010 ans  Final2010  Mid12011 ans Mid2 2011 ans Final 2011 Mid I 2012 ans Mid II 2012 ans Final 2012 mid1 2014 ans midII 2014 ans Final2014  mid1 2015 ans mid2 2015 ans final2015

2016 midans   2016 mid 2 ans  2016 final

 

Older Problem Sets

  1. Problem Set 1  
  2. Problem Set 2   
  3. Problem Set 3   
  4. Problem Set 4     (These are from BH and new this year)
  5. Problem Set 5     in pdf in word  (1 old problem and monopoly and 2 from BH)
 

Practice Problems on Cost and Supply(*.pdf) or in.  (word)

Previous Problem Set 4  Previous Problem Set 5