|Resource Economics I|
|Instructor:||Dr. Gordon Munro|
|Dr. Rashid Sumaila|
|Important Course Pages|
In this course, we examine the interdependence between our economies and natural ecosystems. We analyze resource extraction, depletion, protection and management in the context of world fisheries and aquaculture, which provide employment for not fewer than 120 million persons, with most to be found in developing fishing states. We focus on the efficiency of economic decision- making and the deviations from efficient outcomes, commonly observed in these contexts. We also discuss the causes of these failures, and use an analytical framework to examine the choices faced by policy-makers as they strive to correct these failures, and bring about fisheries that are capable of making a substantial and sustainable contribution to the world economy and food supply.
- Identify inefficiencies arising from “open access” natural resources.
- Build a dynamic based framework to analyze the optimal exploitation of the natural resource.
- Identify the specific economic dynamics influencing use of trans-boundary aquatic resources.
- Identify the production, and non-market interactions between wild and farmed fisheries.
- Use the course framework to analyze fishery policies in terms of their market and non-market costs and benefits.
- Gain knowledge of, critique, and evaluate local, national and world fishery issues.
12 lectures of 1.5 hours, twice a week for 7 weeks
|Activity||Date||Percent of Grade|
|Two Assignments||To be announced.||50%|
|Final Exam||At the end of week 7.||40%|
|Participation||Contributions to class discussions.||10%|
The assignments will consist of one problem set and one short essay. The problem set will require the students to build a framework to analyze the optimal exploitation of the natural resource and to analyze fishery policies in terms of their market and non-market costs and benefits. The short essay will allow the students to gain knowledge of, critique, and evaluate local and topical fishery issues.
Students will take one exam covering the fisheries section. The exam will last 120 minutes, and will be comprehensive (will cover both sections). You must take the exam at the scheduled time unless you have another exam at the same time, serious illness, or an emergency. You must validate with documentation the reason(s) why you will be unable to take any exam. There shall be two assignments.
The class participation grade depends on your contribution to class discussions. All contribution is appreciated, even asking questions to clarify previously taught material. The sole aim of assigning a participation grade is to encourage active learning for everyone. The instructors will assign the class participation grade.
Please review the UBC Calendar “Academic regulations” for the university policy on cheating, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty. Academic dishonesty will be dealt with very seriously in this course.
Online Course Material
Available at Connect: http://www.connect.ubc.ca. You are required to regularly login to your course page for FRE 523. Your syllabus, course-lecture slides, additional material, announcements, assignments, and grades are available.
Course Outline and Readings
How to use this course outline: This outline is a collection of papers, and topics commonly taught in resource economics. Wherever possible a stable link to the paper is provided. While some of these links will work anywhere, many of them are digitally protected requiring a subscription. You can access this material by logging in through your account at the UBC library, or on any computer connected via Ethernet on the UBC network. For some articles no link is provided, in that case, please search for the article (if you search via the UBC library you will find access to its electronic version).
Tentative Lecture Schedule (to be finalized)
Lecture II (Gordon Munro)
|Week 2-3||Lectures III and IV (Gordon Munro)
The dynamic (capital theoretic) model of the capture fishery. Basic model, and extensions to the model.
Lecture V (Rashid Sumaila)
Lecture VI (Rashid Sumaila)
|Week 4||Lecture VII (Gordon Munro)
The economic management of capture fisheries at the national/regional level
Lectures VIII and IX (Gordon Munro)
|Week 5||Lecture X (Rashid Sumaila)
Applications of the theory of the economic management of international capture fisheries: Fisheries subsidies and illegal fishing.
|Week 6||Lectures XI and XII (Rashid Sumaila)
The economics of aquaculture management.