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Economics 260

Course Outline

Credit: Three credit hours

Hours of Instruction: Three lecture hours and one problem-solving hour per week

Prerequisites:  12 credits, Economics 103, Economics 105

Corequisite: English 100


  • Simon Fraser University: Economics 260 (3)
  • University of British Columbia: unassigned 2nd year economics credit

  • University of Victoria: unassigned 2nd year economics credit

Course content

Topics include:

  1. Externalities - definitions, proposed solutions, Coase Theorem
  2. Problem of the commons
  3. Optimal rate of resource extraction
  4. Efficiency vs ecology tradeoffs
  5. Applied problems: Recycling at any cost? Optimal ownership of resources


  • Environmental Economics Policy, Tom Tietenburg, 3rd edition (2001) Addison Wesley
  • Free Market Environmentalism, Anderson and Leal, Dorfman and Dorfman (1993)
  • Economics of the Environment: Selected Readings 3rd edition, Norton


Stéphane Deseau, M.Econ. (Maine, France), M.Sc. (Quebec)
Cheryl Fu, B.A. (Beijing), M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. candidate
Paul Geddes, B.A. (Claremont), M.A. (Carleton)
Fatin Jallad, B.A., B.Sc. (Portland), M.Sc. ( New Mexico), M.Sc. (Arizona)
Susana Leung, B.B.A., M.A. (Simon Fraser)