Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
ARE 241 University of California at Berkeley
David Zilberman Fall Semester, 2002
Grade Formula: 50% based on policy analysis assignment and 50% on the final examination. The examination will include two technical questions and two essay questions. Assignments: Four optional homework assignments will be distributed. They will be checked and returned and answers will be provided.
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To students who consider ARE 241:
I invite you to take the following course, for credit or as an auditor. The course is titled "Agricultural Policy " but in reality it is Economics & Policy of Production Technology and Risk in agricultural & Natural Resources. The material in the course is useful for
(1) ARE students in all fields; and
(2) ESPM students who are interested in policy and economics;
(3) Economics students interested in natural resources and agriculture;
(4) School of Public Policy students interested in natural resources It covers material relevant to all fields in our department-resources & environment, development and agriculture.
In particular it covers:
We have 3 homework assignments, a policy project and a final.
Some segments of the course require advanced understanding of microeconomics, but most of the course requires solid understanding of microeconomics and some mastery of calculus. Policy Analysis Assignment (will be given last month of class) Each student will be assigned a policy topic by a random lottery. If students donÕt like the first topic they pick, then they can have another chance to make another random selection from the remaining pool.
The assignment is to prepare a comprehensive economic analysis of the policy topic. It should include the following:
„ Citation of two or three major papers on the issue.
„ Opinions of two or three experts in the topic area.
„ Discussion of the pros and cons of the policy in question.
„ Economic framework for analyzing the issue.
„ Quantitative measures of the policy impact.
„ Analysis of the potential gainers and losers from the policy.
„ Discussion of the political context of the policy.
The analysis should be prepared within one week after the assignment is given and presented in a paper about five pages in length.
Last's year topics included: