Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Teaching Environmental Economics During the 2014-2015 Academic Year?

What would you say if I told you that your students can read a $1 textbook that teaches, through a number of "real world" examples, the leading ideas in environmental economics?  What if I told you that the book contains a number of free market environmentalism ideas that will simultaneously interest your students and get them to focus and challenge their neo-classical econ teacher?  Enough of the hard sell, here are the facts;

Dear Professor Smith,

Thanks for getting in touch.  I've attached a .pdf of the current draft.  In mid-August 2014, I will drop the price on Amazon to $1 a book and my students (and yours if you adopt it) can buy my Fundamentals of Environmental Economics book here.

Note that at this Amazon website students can download an App so they can read it on any device. They wouldn't have a physical copy of the book unless they print it.

In case it helps, you can download a lot of my powerpoint slides for the book here.

The book isn't flashy.  There aren't text boxes as photos of smoky factories.  There are equations and econ graphs but they are not professionally produced. Instead, I have intentionally chosen to make a low tech book that contains the key vision for why I chose to become an environmental and urban economist. I would like to believe that my University of Chicago teachers would view this book to be pretty good as it takes basic price theory and applies it to a key social issue.