Christos Karydas: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2019
|Dr. Christos Karydas
|Management, Technology, and Economics
|Economic Growth and Resource Use
|The lecture deals with the economics of natural resources and their effect on economic development.
|Students will be able to
• Discuss the factors, e.g. institutions, geography, resource availability, that have contributed to economic growth in different countries.
• Describe country-specific growth experiences applying economic modelling.
• Explain the role of non-renewable resources and climate change in sustainable development.
• Interpret the effects of existing policies on economic growth and development through relevant economic models.
|The course provides fundamental knowledge on the economics of natural resources and their connection to economic growth and sustainable development. Students will be given a historical overview of the main issues surrounding natural resources and economic development; from the Malthusian stagnation of income per capita to the contemporary problem of climate change. Topics covered:
i) Fundamentals on the economics of natural resources
ii) Land and economic growth in the long-run
iii) Non-renewable resources and growth
iv) Resource curse and Dutch disease
v) Climate change and economic growth
There will be 3 exercise sessions accounting for 25% of the final grade; the rest 75% will be determined by a written exam.
|Lecture Notes of the course will be sent by email to officially subscribed students.
|The main reference of the course is the set of lecture notes; students will also be encouraged to read some influential academic articles dealing with the issues under study.
|Prerequisites / Notice
|Elementary knowledge of calculus (differentiation - integration) is considered as a prerequisite. Elementary knowledge of economic theory is a plus but not a prerequisite.
|Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I
|B. Wehrli, F. Brugger, K. Dolejs Schlöglova, S. Hellweg, C. Karydas
|Students critically assess the economic, social, political, and environmental implications of extracting and using energy resources, metals, and bulk materials along the mineral resource cycle for society. They explore various decision-making tools that support policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resources, and gain insight into different perspectives from government, industry, and NGOs.
|Students will be able to:
- Explain basic concepts applied in resource economics, economic geology, extraction, processing and recycling technologies, environmental and health impact assessments, resource governance, and secondary materials.
- Evaluate the policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resource extraction.
- Examine decision-making tools for mineral resource related projects.
- Engage constructively with key actors from governmental organizations, mining and trading companies, and NGOs, dealing with issues along the mineral resource cycle.
|Prerequisites / Notice
|Bachelor of Science, Architecture or Engineering, and enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at ETH Zurich. A half-semester course offered from February 20th to April 26th. Students must be enrolled in this course in order to enrol in the case study module course 860-0016-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II.