Models for applied environmental economics


Lecturer(s) :

Vöhringer Frank




Every 2 years


Every two years/ Next time: Spring 2021 Minimum 5


Mainly based on the discussion of peer reviewed academic papers, the course introduces non economists to the main types of applied models used in environmental economic analysis: linear programming, partial and general equilibrium, game theory, and agent based models.


For each type of applied environmental economic model, there is a brief general introduction, followed by a discussion of a peer-reviewed academic paper on an applied topic using that type of model.

Families of models presented and discussed:

- Linear programming (paper topic: urban pollution; model features in paper: spatial)

- Partial equilibrium (paper topic: timber industry and wildlife conservation; model features in paper: integrated assessment)

- Computable general equilibrium (paper topic: carbon taxes; model features in paper: multi-regional)

- Game-theoretic (paper topic: climate negotiations; model features in paper: cooperation)

- Agent-based (paper topic: diffusion of plug-in hybrid vehicles; model features in paper: spatial, stochastic)


This course does not require any prior economic knowledge, but it is easier for those who attended ENV-615 "Environmental Economics for Engineers" or ENV-620 "Environmental Economics for Engineers (2018)".

It will only be given for a minimum of 5 students.


environmental economics
economic modeling

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

ENV-615, Environmental Economics for Engineers (before 2018) or
ENV-620 Environmental Economics for Engineers (2018)". (after 2018)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:



Nalle, D.J. et al. (2004): Modeling joint production of wildlife and timber, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 48, 997-1017.

Beck, M. et al. (2015): Carbon tax and revenue recycling: Impacts on households in British Columbia, Resource and Energy Economics 41, 40-69.

Eppstein, M.J. et al. (2011): An agent-based model to study market penetration of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, Energy Policy 39, 3789-3802.¿¿¿¿¿

In the programs

  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (edoc), 2019-2020
    • Semester
    • Exam form
      Oral presentation
    • Credits
    • Subject examined
      Models for applied environmental economics
    • Lecture
      13 Hour(s)

Reference week

Exercise, TP
Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German