Economics and Environmental Justice
This half-semester seminar is a group exploration of the relationship between economics and justice in the context of environment, energy, and climate. We will inspect positive and normative elements of economic analysis as it is practiced; we will investigate the causes of and potential solutions to disproportionate pollution exposure among the poor and people of color; we will study the measurement of distributive justice; and we will discuss the market and its limits. Applications will include air quality, water affordability, and climate change mitigation, among others. Inclusive, open-minded discussion will be the top priority in-class meetings; lecture will be used to clarify economics concepts and inform our discussion. Assignments will feature writing and potentially some quantitative analysis.