Winter and Spring 2010-2011 Courses
ECON 17N: Energy, the Environment, and the Economy: Preference to freshmen. The relationship between environmental quality and production and consumption of energy. Can environmentally-friendly energy production and consumption compete with conventional sources? How to estimate and compare environmental impact costs of nonrenewable sources such as fossil fuels and nuclear power versus renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Implicit subsidies in conventional energy sources and the environmental costs of these subsidies. Regulatory and legal barriers to more environmentally friendly energy sources.
Instructors: Wolak, F., 03/28/2011 - 06/01/2011 Mon, Wed 7:00PM - 9:00PM
ECON 158: Regulatory Economics: The history, economics, and legal background of the institutions under which U.S. industry is subject to government control.
Instructors: Wolak, F., 01/03/2011 - 03/11/2011 Mon, Wed 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM
ECON 259: Industrial Organization II B: Theoretical and empirical analyses of the determinants of market structure; firm behavior and market efficiency in oligopolies; economics of antitrust and regulation, with focus on energy and environmental economics; the role of information asymmetries in markets: adverse selection and moral hazard, with focus on insurance and credit markets.
Instructors: Einav, L., Wolak, F., 01/03/2011 - 03/11/2011 Tue, Thu 1:15 PM - 3:05 PM
ECON 271: Intermediate Econometrics II: Linear regression model, relaxation of classical-regression assumptions, simultaneous equation models, linear time series analysis. Limited enrollment.
Instructors: Wolak, F., 01/03/2011 - 03/11/2011 Mon, Wed, Fri 1:15 PM - 3:05 PM
GSBGEN 536: Business Models for Sustainable Energy: Transforming the global energy system to reduce climate change impacts, ensure security of supply, and foster economic development of the world's poorest regions depends on the ability of commercial players to deliver the needed energy at scale. Technological innovation is a necessary but not sufficient condition for this to occur. The complex institutional frameworks that regulate energy markets in the United States and around the world will play a major role in determining the financial viability of firms in the energy sector.
Instructors: Wolak, F., Thurber, M., 02/10/2011 - 03/11/2011 Tue, Thu 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM