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Programmes and courses

Here are details of two specialised energy economics courses taught through the Department of Economics.

Since 2009 two specialised energy economics courses (Econ 372 and Econ 783) are being taught through the Economics Department, one at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level. On top of that there is the option of doing an honours/masters dissertation/thesis on an energy subject. If you want to know more about theses courses send an email to Stephen Poletti at s.poletti@auckland.ac.nz.

A growing group of staff, PhD and other students also share research experiences with industry outsiders in regular Energy Centre seminars. For other industry workshops held in the past, visit the Economics Department's seminars and events database.

Econ 372 Energy & Resource Economics: examines the economics of resource use with a particular emphasis on world oil markets and issues surrounding energy security. Energy markets are analysed with an emphasis on the electricity market. Issues surrounding energy economics and climate change, energy efficiency and policy measures to promote renewable energy sources are discussed.

Econ 783 Special Topic: Energy Economics: An in-depth analysis of energy and resource economics. Topics include resource allocation and optimisation using dynamic programming and environmental management. Electricity markets are treated comprehensibly including issues surrounding security of supply and incorporating renewable electricity generation. Risk management, futures markets and derivatives are discussed. Energy and climate change and CO2 mitigation policies are considered in detail including carbon taxes and cap and trade schemes. Finally, policies to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy are analysed.

Other relevant courses are:

  • ECON 373 Environmental Economics (15 points)
  • ECON 304 Firms and Markets (15 points)
  • ECON 702 Industrial Organisation
  • ECON 721 & 723 Econometrics
  • ECON 775 Economics of the Environment
  • ECON 782 Regulation and Competition Policy

Many other faculties also offer energy related courses that might be eligible for your degree (check with your postgraduate adviser).