There are a lot of interesting courses this autumn and still some open slots for those interested.

The following are the upcoming PhD courses for this autumn organized by CERE, USBE and SLU:

Environmental Economics Profile Course, 30 ECTS

Given by USBE and CERE and consist of four modules.
  • Energy Economics (7.5ECTS). This course provides a good understanding of the need for government policies in various energy markets, and to analyze the possibilities and limitations of various policy measures
  • Natural Resource Economics (7.5ECTS). The course provides insights about the need for government policy measures in different resource economic areas and the possibilities and limitations of different policy measures
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (7.5ECTS). The aim is to help the student analyze current environmental policy issues based on relevant theories in environmental and natural resource economics.
  • Applied Production and Productivity Analysis (7.5ECTS). This course provides both theoretical understanding and empirical application of advanced key methods such as the DEA and SFA.
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State of the Art in Payments for Environmental Services and Market Based Instruments, 7.5 ECTS credits

Course period: 2015/09/28 - 2015/11/01
  • A PhD course given in collaboration with EFINORD, NOVA, the Scandinavian Society for Forest Economists (SSFE) and the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE)
  • Lecturers : Professors Stefanie Engel (University of Osnabrück), Jan Börner (University of Bonn), Niels Strange (University of Copenhagen), and Markku Ollikainen (University of Helsinki)
About 20 students from different countries are taking this course. It's still possible to register for those interested in taking this course.
The objective of this course is to get an overview of issues related to Payments for environmental services (PES) and other Market Based Instruments (MBI) for enhancing the provision of forest ecosystem services. It also provides you with a good knowledge of the main PES and MBI instruments, as well as the experience of their applications in the Nordic countries. By taking this course, you are also expected to get insights into methods for selecting/prioritizing/evaluating the most efficient projects among several, and ability to reliably evaluate the impacts of a PES or MBI scheme. You will know about both the potential trade-offs and synergies between the provision of different forest ecosystem services and the challenges posed by different types of forest ecosystem services for designing and applying market based instruments.

Natural Resource Economics, 7.5 ECTS

Course period: 2015/09/28 - 2015/11/01
  • A PhD course given by the Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Lecturer: Associate professor Göran Bostedt
This course is offered every other year and there are still some vacant places for those who are interested to register.
The objective of this course is to get a comprehensive view of the key issues in natural resource utilization and understand the economic principles of natural resource utilization. It also makes us able to apply the tools of economic analysis to examine typical natural resource management problems.

Hands-on training in CGE modelling I and II, 5 ECTS 

Course period: 2015/12/14 - 2016/01/28
  • This PhD course is given in collaboration with Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Science, and the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics (CERE).
  • Lecturer: Dr. Örjan Furtenback
The objective of the course CGE modelling I is to introduce all the basic tools for constructing and implementing large-scale applied general equilibrium models for policy analysis. By taking this course, you will get detailed knowledge of and extensive hands-on experience in the structure of open economy general equilibrium models, formulating a CGE model as a mixed complementarity problem (MCP), the concept of the social accounting matrix (SAM), calibrating a CGE model, formulating scenarios and running policy simulations, linking GAMS with other tools for reading data and reporting results. The CGE modelling II will further deepen knowledge in all the basic tools for constructing and implementing computable general equilibrium models for policy analysis.

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Upcoming course in spring 2016

There will be a new course for both master and PhD students next spring (March-April), which will focus on policy analysis directed to policy instruments given by Assistant Professor Camilla Widmark at SLU, Department of Forest Economics. The course will provide opportunity to PhD students to work on individual projects which, in one way or another, deal with policy related issues within forest economics, energy economics, land-use management, etc.