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Agro-environmental economics


Anno accademico 2011/2012

Codice dell'attività didattica
Alessandro CORSI (Affidamento interno)
Corso integrato
SSD dell'attività didattica
AGR/01 - economia ed estimo rurale

Obiettivi formativi

To provide students with an economic approach to environmental issues in agriculture


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

Students will achieve the analytical tools to interpret agri-environmental issues in an economic perspective; they will be able to discuss in this framework agricultural and agri-environmental policies of the EU.



Revision of basic economics. Market as an efficient resource allocation mechanism. Pareto optimum. Efficiency and equity. Kaldor-Hicks compensation principle. Market failures: public goods, externalities, open access resources. Externalities. Externalities as a reason for not reaching a social optimum. Optimal level of externalities. Policy interventions on externalities: market, standards, taxes, subsidies, marketable permits. Public goods. The economic measurement of benefits from public goods. Valuation methods of the benefits of public goods. Agriculture and environment. Positive and negative externalities associated to agricultural production. Structural and technical evolution of agriculture and its impact on environment. Sustainable agriculture and multifunctional agriculture. The Common Agricultural Policy and the environment. Agro-environmental measures and the greening of the CAP.


Testi consigliati e bibliografia

A general textbook on Environmental economics, not too technical:
- Pearce D.W, Turner K.R., Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1990

More specific on agriculture:
- Zilberman D., Marra M., Agricultural Externalities, in G.A. Carlson, D. Zilberman and J.A. Miranowski (eds) Agricultural and Environmental Resource Economics, New York, Oxford University Press, 1993

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