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NOTE: There are multiple instructors (Dr. David Hunger, Dr. Owsaldo Morales, and Dr. Barry Posner) that teach this course, each with slight differences in their policies. When accessing your syllabus, please make sure that you are selecting the right one for your instructor. If you do not know who your instructor is, you can find their name on your ANGEL roster or in the university's schedule of courses.
Quick Facts about EBF 200
David Hunger, PhD. Vice President, Energy, Charles River Associates
Oswaldo Morales, PhD.
Barry Posner, PhD. Consultant, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
Barry Posner, PhD. Consultant, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University
Andrew Kleit, PhD. Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University
Derek Six, Consultant, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, The Pennsylvania State University
EBF 200 is a required course in Penn State's online Bachelor of Arts in Energy Business and Policy. It is also required in the online Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy as well as in Penn State's resident Bachelor of Arts in Energy Business and Finance. This course introduces the economic method of analysis to the environmental and resource questions facing society.
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Topics of Study
This class introduces the economic method of analysis to the environmental and resource questions facing society. It introduces a "paradigm," a way of thinking, that has four elements:
- What advantages can be gained by using market forces?
- What are the drawbacks of the market ("market failures") that may lead to a rationale for government intervention?
- What are the drawbacks of using government intervention ("government failure")?
- How do you apply these three concepts to real-world situations?
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