ENV-723 / 1 credit

Teacher: Vöhringer Frank

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Spring 2025, Min. 5 persons


Every 2 years


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.



environmental economics
economic modeling

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Some prior familiarity in applied modeling of any kind or in economics is an advantage, but not a formal prerequisite.

Recommended courses

ENV-610 Ecological Economics or

ENV-724 Climate Economics for Engineers

Learning Outcomes

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

  • to understand the differences between simulation and optimisation models
  • to describe the main characteristics of each model type
  • to discuss the main merits and limitations of each modeling approach
  • to recognize attributes of well written papers



Cofala, J. et al. (2004) : Cost-effective control of SO2 emissions in Asia, Journal of Environmental Management 72, 149-161.

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.

Carraro, C. et al. (2006): Optimal transfers and participation decisions in international environmental agreements, The Review of International Organizations 1, 379-396.

Rai, V. and S.A. Robinson (2015): Agent-based modeling of energy technology adoption: Empirical integration of social, behavioral, economic, and environmental factors, Environmental Modelling & Software 70, 163-177.

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Exam form: Oral presentation (session free)
  • Subject examined: Models for applied environmental economics
  • Lecture: 13 Hour(s)

Reference week

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