SØK8624 - Environmental and Resource Economics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The first part of the course includes the theory of external effects, institutions and environmental issues. Theories of environmental regulations and models of climate change and other international environmental issues are discussed. In the part on natural resources, models for optimal management of fish, wood and wildlife will be analysed, in addition to models for non-renewable resources as oil. These problems are mainly dynamic, and the main principles of optimal control theory and dynamic programming will be presented.

Learning outcome


You learn

  • models of the interaction between economic and human activity and the environment
  • to analyze static and dynamic environmental- and resource economic problems
  • local, national, and international aspects of environmental- and natural resource problems
  • to analyze the impact of different types of regulation related to pollution, extraction of non-renewable resources such as oil and minerals, and harvesting of renewable resources such as fish and forest


You should

  • master basic environmental- and resource economic theories and be familiar with the facts
  • have good knowledge of the national and international debate on the climate and pollution problems
  • be able to analyze several environmental- and resource economic problems with theoretical models

General competence

You should be able to

  • read and understand reports and research articles dealing with issues discussed in the course
  • use the content of the course in your own academic work.

Learning methods and activities

4 hours of lectures every week. The course has compulsory activity. Specific requirements will be announced at the beginning of the term.

The course is an optional PhD course, and it is not taught every autumn semester. SØK8624 follows the same teaching as SØK3524.Contact the department ( to get access to learning resources in Blackboard.

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatory course work

Further on evaluation

The subject is reserved for PhD students. Contact if you want to take the course.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

Announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SØK3524 10.0 AUTUMN 2010
SØK8524 10.0 AUTUMN 2010
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Version: 1
Credits:  10.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Economics


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