EBF 200
Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics

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Quick Facts about EBF 200

Instructor

Barry Posner, PhD. Consultant, John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, The Pennsylvania State University

Authors

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

Overview

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.

Learning Environment

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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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