Resource And Environmental Economics
Spencer Henson (Agricultural Economics and Business: 321 MacLachlan,
John Livernois (710 McKinnon, Ext. 58946)
Louis N. Christofides
BA, MA Essex, PhD British Columbia - Professor, Economics
Brian S. Ferguson
BA Mount Allison, MA Guelph, PhD Australian National - Associate
Glenn C. Fox
BSc (Agr), MSc Guelph, PhD Minnesota - Professor, Agricultural Economics and
William J. Furlong
BA Sir George Williams, PhD Queen's - Assistant Professor
Michael J. Hoy
BMath Waterloo, PhD London School of Economics - Professor, Economics
John R. Livernois
BA Toronto, MA, PhD British Columbia - Professor, Economics
Christopher J. McKenna
BSc Salford, DPhil York - Professor, Economics
BA Queen's MA, PhD British Columbia - Associate Professor, Economics
David M. Prescott
BA Durham, MA Warwick, PhD Queen's - Professor, Economics
Kim S. Rollins
BA Maine (Orono), PhD Wisconsin (Madison) - Assistant Professor, Agricultural
Economics and Business
BSc, MA Alberta, PhD California Institute of Technology - Professor, Economics
BComm Natal, BA Capetown (South Africa), PhD British Columbia - Associate
BSc, MSc London School of Economics, PhD Queen's - Professor, Economics
BComm, MA Manitoba, PhD Minnesota - Assistant Professor, Economics
BComm Saskatchewan, MA, PhD British Columbia - Assistant Professor, Economics
Alfons J. Weersink
BSc Guelph, MSc Montana State, PhD Cornell - Associate Professor,
Agricultural Economics and Business
The PhD in resource and environmental economics is offered collaboratively by the Departments of Economics, and Agricultural Economics and Business. Students apply to and enroll in one of these departments and the degree is awarded in the subject area of that department.
The objective of the PhD program is to provide opportunities for advanced study in this specialized area of economics. The theoretical and practical issues that are addressed in this field demand the attention of highly trained professionals who are competent in a wide range of skills; have an understanding of the relevant economic theory, quantitative methods, and institutions; and are familiar with the biological and ecological aspects of environmental and natural resource management.
Applicants to the PhD program should have a master's degree in economics or agricultural economics with a minimum average of 80% ('A-') in their postgraduate studies. Applicants without a master's degree but with an outstanding record at the baccalaureate level may be admitted initially to the MA program in economics or MSc program in agricultural economics. For students who achieve a superior record and show an aptitude for research, the Board of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the department, may authorize transfer to the PhD program without requiring the student to complete a master's degree.
The PhD requires the completion of a minimum of 12 courses (see list below). Students with an MA or MSc typically will have completed some of the required courses (or their equivalents) already and, when appropriate, these may be accepted in lieu of required courses. The minimum duration for the PhD is nine semesters of full-time study (or the equivalent).
Two of the required courses satisfy the quantitative methods requirement, one satisfies an interdisciplinary requirement, and the remaining courses prepare the student for the qualifying examinations. These take place in core economic theory and in two fields of specialization. The first field is natural resource and environmental economics and the second is selected by the student from the field offerings of the two departments. The first phase of the qualifying exams covers microeconomic and macroeconomic theory and is written at the end of the first year, normally before the beginning of classes in the fall semester. The second phase covers the fields of specialization and includes an oral defense of a thesis prospectus. This phase of the exam is taken during the seventh semester of the program. Upon satisfactory completion of the qualifying exams, the student becomes a candidate for the PhD degree.
The following summarizes the program requirements:
- Quantitative Methods: All students must satisfy the quantitative methods requirement by successfully completing a minimum of two of the following courses:
AGEC 6360 Mathematical Programming
ECON 6140 Econometrics I
ECON 6160 Econometrics II
- Theory: All students must satisfy the theory requirement by successfully completing the following four courses and by successfully completing the qualifying examination in economic theory.
ECON 6000 Microeconomic Theory I
ECON 6010 Microeconomic Theory II
ECON 6020 Macroeconomic Theory I
ECON 6040 Macroeconomic Theory II
- Fields of Specialization:
i. Resource and Environmental Economics
All students must satisfy the field requirement in natural resource and environmental economics by successfully completing the following four courses and by successfully completing the qualifying examination in this field.
AGEC 6610 Economics of Renewable Resources
AGEC 6700 Advanced Resource Economics
ECON 6800 Environmental Economics
ECON 6810 Economics of Nonrenewable Resources
ii. Elective Field of Specialization
All students must select one additional field of specialization from the following list of fields offered by the two departments.
Please consult the listings for the Department of Agricultural Economics and Business and the Department of Economics in this calendar for the course requirements for each of these fields. Students must successfully complete the indicated course requirements and a qualifying examination in the selected field.
- Labour Economics
- Agricultural Marketing
- Agricultural Policy and Trade
- Production Economics
- Interdisciplinary Requirement
All students must successfully complete one course from outside the two departments. The course is selected by the student in consultation with the thesis adviser and graduate co-ordinator.
Submission and defense of an acceptable thesis on a topic approved by the student's advisory committee completes the requirements for the PhD. The thesis is expected to be a significant and original contribution to knowledge in its field and must demonstrate scholarship and critical judgment on the part of the candidate. Theses must be submitted within 48 months of completing the minimum duration.
Please consult the Agricultural Economics and Business and Economics listings for descriptions of the courses available to students in the shared PhD program in resource and environmental economics.
The Office of Graduate Studies has attempted to ensure the accuracy of this
on-line Graduate Calendar. However, the publication of information in this document does not
bind the university to the provision of courses, programs, schedules of studies, fees, or facilities as
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