Master Electives

Environmental Economics

The lecture “Environmental Economics” deals with the environmental effects of human economic activity with emphasis on the energy system, e.g. due to air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The course discusses a welfare economic foundation of Environmental Economics, the economic setting of environmental targets and their implementation through environmental policy. The latter is applied to both the case of local as well as global pollutants. Moreover the course provides an introduction to cost-benefit-analysis of environmental regulation. In the tutorial applied problems and examples will be discussed. The module takes place every winter term in German language and the examination is a one-hour-exam at the end of the semester, which is worth 6 ETCS.

 

Climate Change Economics

The lecture “Climate Change Economics” deals with the emergence and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.  The problems of international climate policy will be discussed. In detail, the course provides an analysis of the economic consequences by national as well as international measures to stop climate change such as the European Emissions Trading System. An introduction in the principles of climate economic modelling will be provided, which ranges from simple partial internal models and Input-output-models to Computable General Equilibrium models.  In the tutorial applied problems and examples will be discussed. The module takes place every summer term in English and is worth 6 ETCS. The examination is a one-hour-exam at the end of the semester, which students may also answer in German language.

 

Advanced Energy and Resource Economics

The seminar deals with current economics problem in the energy sector and the usage of natural resources. Students write a seminar paper (15 pages) during the semester and at the Block seminar (usually in June and January) they present and discuss results (45 Min.) The modul takes place every semester and in English language. The main contents vary each semester between energy and resource economics.
Presence is mandatory during the block seminar. The list of seminar paper contents is published in advance of the respective semester so that students can already start with their paper during the semester holidays. Please write an E-Mail to the seminar coordinator with 3 preferred topics. Please remember to register for the exam at the Prüfungsamt as well (early registration phase!). In case you wish to visit the seminar a second time (i.e. you have already booked MWP 46 as you have completed e.g. the "energy economics" seminar in the last semester and now want to participate in the "resource economics" seminar), you can book it under module MWP 25 as well. Please note that you can only use MWP 25 once. The final grade is weighted: 70% seminar paper, 30% presentation and discussion.

 

Applied Energy Economics (Prof. Rentz)

The lecture Applied Energy Economics discusses current topics in the energy sector against the background of theoretical aspects of energy economics. The Block lecture is held by Professor Dr. Henning Rentz on several days (Wintersemester 2019/20: 15.-16. and 29.-30. November 2019). The exercise might take place in form of a 1-day field trip. The final exam at the end of the semester takes 60 Minutes and students earn 6 ECTS-points.

 

Seminar Quantitative Energy Economics

This module uses quantitative methods for analysis of energy markets and their respective actors. Students will learn how to implement own models using the optimatzion software GAMS. The course is a block seminar, held on severeal days (usually in January) by Dr. Schober from ZEW. Students are required to write a seminar paper and to hold a presentation in the seminar in order to earn 6 ECTS-points. As of now, the Seminar can only be booked under the slot MWP25. Please take note that you can use the slot MWP 25 only once.

 

Behavioral Environmental Economics

The module emphazises aspects from behavioral and experimental economics in the context of environmental economics. The lecture is held by Dr. Feldhaus in English language. Further information tba. The final exam at the end of the semester takes 60 Minutes (28.6.19 at 10:30am). and students earn 6 ECTS-points. As of now, the Seminar can only be booked under the slot MWP26. Please take note that you can use the slot MWP 26 only once.