Teaching

 

RNR/PA 485/585

The Economics and Social Connections to Natural Resources

Units: 3
Term: every Spring

Instructor: Jose Soto

This course examines economic theory, concepts, and decision-making tools for real-world problems and possible solutions based on the use of these tools. The economics perspective offers an important insight into the use, misuse, and overuse of natural resources. The course is intended for students studying natural resources, environmental science, public policy, public administration, and other disciplines interested in this perspective. Descriptive, graphical, and elementary quantitative methods will be used throughout the course.

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RNR 615

Ecosystem Service Valuation Methods

Units: 3
Term: every Fall

Instructor: Jose Soto

This course examines theory, concepts, and the application of methods that are frequently used for the valuation of market and non-market ecosystem services. Understanding and predicting
the behavior of decision makers and consumers, when choosing among institutional structures or incentives, is key to solving conflicts between humans and nature. Special focus is given to the concepts of utility, preferences, and willingness-to-pay (accept). Course intended for students studying natural resources, environmental science, public policy, public administration, and other disciplines interested in this perspective.