The paper will
be modeled on academic style economic research and will be on any well- defined
topic (not limited to suggestions below) relating to the course. The paper
should reflect in depth application of the theory introduced, be focused, well written and organized, include
citations and a list of references in acceptable form, and be paginate.
Main Structure. Your research paper should
Choose and motivate a topic in environmental economics, 1-2 pages (why
it is an important topic? what are the related environmental questions? Causes
Describe the related literature, 2-3 pages (what has been done? how did
current study answer the question? what are the results and conclusions? limitations?)
Provide a specific relevant case study related to the topic you choose.
This could be an associated current (or proposed) solution/policy to an
environmental problem (e.g. an environmental policy, a negotiated agreement, a
landmark judicial decision…). You will need
Describe the relevancy of the policy/program and
explain how this specific case helps to answer the question.
Explain how you will conduct economic analysis to evaluate the effects
and costs of the policy/program. Describe what data and methods you will need
and how they will be helpful in your study. Be specific. You should apply the
tools of the course and demonstrate a command of key concepts in environmental economics.
c) Conclude your research paper
with a set of possible policy recommendations with respect to your expected results.
Format. The term paper assignment
should be less than 8 pages (not including references, endnotes, tables,
diagrams, charts, etc.), double spaced, with 1-inch margins and 12-point font.
Make sure that you have cited all sources
from which you used data, ideas or words, either
quoted directly or paraphrased. The assignment and term paper should be in good, formal English.
Avoid colloquial abbreviations and contractions (e.g.
4x, can’t, he’d).
Be careful in the use of punctuation. Do not use meaningless
punctuation marks like slashes (“/”), nor misplace semi-colons, colons, etc. Do
not begin a sentence with a numeral or symbol. The paper should have NO cover
page. Your paper should be written by yourself specifically for this course.
reference style is recommended to follow the Chicago Manual of Style's
"Author-Date" style. Other styles are also acceptable. I encourage
you to use bibliographic software when preparing your reference list.
Topics. Your topic can come from an area of the course that you find particularly interesting. Some
areas might include, but certainly are not limited to:
Environmental regulation and
competitiveness Environmental subsidies
Environmental discounting Green accounting Sustainable development
Growth and environment (e.g the
Environmental Kuznets Curve) Consumption, poverty and environment
problems and regulation Global climate change
Trade liberalization and the
A search on
your topic including scientific, professional and governmental references would
be helpful for you to explore specific environmental economic questions. You
can find your topics and research questions from economic literature search
engines (EconLit) for published and working papers. You can also search in
academic journals specializing in environmental and resource economics and
quasi-academic institutions such as Resources for the Future (RFF) and the
research departments at the World Bank, FAO, OECD, EPA, etc., that undertake
high quality applied technical
papers. Read about “hot” environmental topics as well as myriad controversial
and pressing environmental problems facing specific countries and/or the global
community. Some specific question/policy examples are:
Canada’s Bill C-15 for
controlling intentional illegal bilge oil dumping Canada’s Species at Risk Act
Building Efficiency Policies to
Mitigate Climate Change Aviation Policies to Mitigate Climate Change
Phosphorus Permits in the Minnesota River Basin Canada’s withdraw from the
Kyoto Protocol in 2011
Biomedical Waste Management Regulations
Airborne Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan Hong Kong’s Wetland Policy
The United Nations Climate
Change Regime and Africa UK CO2 Emissions Trading System
Kyoto Protocol’s Joint
Implementation Mechanism U.S.-Canada Air Quality Agreement