HOMEWORK Nº 1 – ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS HOMEWORK GUIDELINES
Individual Homework Assignments and Concept‐In‐Action Oral Presentation
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Homework consists of questions requiring short, specific answers. These questions may, for example, ask to you define or explain a particular concept, explain a diagram or equation, interpret some data, or give a brief answer in response to a specific question. You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to set out a logical, well-organised answer, drawing as appropriate on both economic theory and practical "real-world" knowledge. The questions relate closely to the lecture material, and if you have attended the lectures, and read the textbook readings covering the lecture material, you should be in a position to answer all of the questions on this part of the paper. You should not expect the questions simply to ask you to reproduce material from the lectures. You need to be able to contribute your own "added value" over and above the lecture material, in the form of your independent reading and thinking about the issues raised in the course. 1.
Draw and explain diagrams to show how uncertainty about the marginal abatement cost schedule leads to different outcomes, depending on whether quantity-based or price-based regulation is employed. Using your diagrams, illustrate and explain the circumstances under which quantity-based regulation (such as a system of tradeable permits) would lead to higher economic welfare than price-based regulation, and vice versa.
Coase discusses the case of Sturges v. Bridgman (English Chancery Division Court, 1987). This case concerns a confectioner who had a long-established business in premises in Wigmore Street, which used noisy machinery (mortars and pestles). A doctor moved into neighbouring premises, and then, sometime later, constructed a consulting room at the bottom of his garden, next to the confectioner's premises. He found that the noise and vibration from the confectioner's...