MBA 7303

Environmental & Resource Economics

Course ID
MBA 7303
Assoc. Prof. Bruno Yawe
4 CU

Module Overview

The subject provides an understanding of the economic analysis of market and government decisions affecting the environment. Topics include economic principles used in analyzing private sector decisions on resource use and preservation, externalities and public goods reasons for government intervention, the theory and practice of benefit cost analysis, case study illustrations to water, forests, greenhouse gases and biodiversity.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Apply economic tools of supply and demand, and of benefit cost analysis, to critically evaluate business and government decisions related to the use of the environment as a resource, as a waste disposal and as an amenity;
  2. Describe and evaluate private sector decisions;
  3. Critically evaluate the reasons for, and effects of, government intervention via taxes, subsidies, specifying property rights, rules and regulations and tradeable permits;
  4. Apply economic concepts to analyse examples of real-world environmental issues, including population and economic growth, agricultural land, water, pollution and greenhouse gases and biodiversity.

Mode of Delivery

• Lecture
• Demonstration
• Project Work
• The general delivery of the content should be learner centered


• 3-hour final examination (40%)
• 3 assignments (30%)
• A research paper of up to 3000 words (30%)