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GH 301: Environmental Economics

GH 301: Environmental Economics

Students will examine the different challenges posed in addressing environmental issues at the local, statewide, regional, national and international levels. Students will actively explore various environmental problems and solutions through field trips and research. Students will learn how economic analysis can contribute to formulating environmental policies that accomplish societal goals in a cost–effective manner. Environmental justice and climate change are an example of the varied topics covered in this course.   

Instructor: Dr. Debra Israel

Dr. Debra Israel is Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and an affiliated faculty member with the Gender Studies, International Studies, and Multidisciplinary Studies programs. She received her M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In between these two degrees she spent time teaching English in Bolivia and working as a tax analyst for the New York State Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Broadly speaking her research interests encompass environmental economics issues, focusing primarily on demand for environmental quality either in the United States or globally. Her current research focuses on charitable contributions to environmental organizations and second hand clothes markets. An additional research interest includes examination of public policy issues in developing countries such as household use of fuel and water in Bolivia. 

Please contact Dr. Israel if you have questions about this course.