ENV 803a () / 2021-2022

Green Markets: Voluntary and Information Based Approaches to Environmental Management

Credits: 1.5
Fall 2021: Tu, 1:00-2:20, Kroon 321


Two observations provide motivation for this seminar. First, voluntary- and information-based approaches to environmental management are becoming increasingly common. Environmental managers should thus be familiar with the approaches, along with their advantages and limitations. Second, students, advocates, and managers are often searching for ways outside of formal regulatory contexts to promote more pro-environmental behavior. There exists a sizable academic literature on the subject, but rarely is it covered in courses on environmental management. The seminar is based on critical readings of original research papers with an eye toward real-world application. We consider both theoretical and empirical studies. In addition to focusing on results, students learn about how different research methods are appropriate for answering different types of questions. Readings span economics, psychology, and political science. Classes are, for the most part, based on structured discussion, rotating responsibility for presentation and critique. A preliminary list of topics to be covered includes: Public Disclosure Strategies for Pollution Control; Behavioral Responses to Environmental and Resource Information; Conservation Behavior Part I: “Doing One’s Part”; Conservation Behavior Part II: “Doing More than One’s Part”; Eco-labeling; Voluntary Environmental Programs; Corporate Social Responsibility and the Environment; Insights of Behavioral Economics and Psychology.

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