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Environmental Policy Assessment and Evaluation

MPhil EP Module EP04

Andreas Kontoleon

Aiora Zabala

 

Overview

This module explores a series of advanced topics from the field of assessment and evaluation of environmental policies. The material builds on that covered in EP02, EP01 and RM01. The module provides an overview of methods and approaches for evaluating environmental policies and then focuses on two main categories of quantitative evaluation tools used in economics, those of (a) non-market valuation and cost benefit analysis and (b) formal impact evaluation tools (quasi, lab, artefactual and field experimental data).

The module discusses how different evaluation approaches can contribute to further understand and improve environmental policies. The module is intended as a hands-on, applied, environmental policy ‘practitioners’ course. We will not focus on mathematical derivations nor on the theory behind the evaluation approaches. Instead, particular emphasis is placed on the discussion and interpretation of empirical results from several real evaluation studies (though understanding of basic regression analysis and statistics would be necessary). The course is aimed to be useful for those who want to work as environmental policy professionals (either for the public or private sector) as well as an introduction to evaluation techniques for those who want to continue with a Ph.D.

Aims

The aims of this module are to:

  • provide an overview of methods and approaches for evaluating environmental policies
  • focus on two main categories of quantitative evaluation tools used in economics, those of (a) non-market valuation and cost benefit analysis and (b) formal impact evaluation tools (quasi, lab, artefactual and field experimental data).
  • discuss how different evaluation approaches can contribute to further understand and improve environmental policies.
  • provide a hands on parishioners course on economic policy evaluation tools.