90380 - Economic Development And Climate Change

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Zero hunger Reduced inequalities Climate Action

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The student will be able to frame the complex phenomeon of the climate change, to understand the main interdependencies pertaining to the economic and political aspects as well as to the local, sovranational and global dimensions. The students will be able to detect the main consequences in some areas of the economy, society and of international relations. The student will also be able to describe the origin and the evolution of international agreements and programs aiming at dealing with the climate change as well as to understand the impact of such phenomenon on different regions/areas of the world. Specifically, the module is concerned with the economic dimension of the climate change. In particular, the module: will provide an introducion to the topic, shedding some light on what differentiate it form the other traditional economic problems;  will help to understand the working and the limits of the main economic policy tools; will discuss the connection between emissions and income inequality (both between nations and between individuals); will study the effects of climate change on the economic development, with particular attention to its impact on poverty.

Course contents

The following arguments will be covered:

1. Climate change as market failure. 

2. The link between economic activity, emissions and climate change.

3.The link between income inequality and emissions.

4. Impact of climate change on economic development with particular attention to poverty in LDCs.

The detailed syllabus will be available at the course start.


The bibliography includes few readings common to all the three modules and readings specific for each module. Additional reading will be required for not attending students. Most part of the readings will be in English. Some readings will be made available on the IOL website service of UNIBO.

Bibliography for attending students.

a) Bibliography common to all the modules.

One of the following books, at choice.

Mastrojeni G. e Pasini A.., 2017, Effetto Serra Effetto Guerra. Clima, Conflitti, Migrazioni: l'Italia in Prima Linea. Chiarelettere Editore;

Di Paola M., 2015, Cambiamento Climatico. Una Piccola Introduzione. LUISS University Press.

b) Bibliography for the first module

The detailed bibliography of the first module will be communicated at the course start.

Bibliography for not attending students

The detailed bibliography of the first module will be communicated at the course start.

Teaching methods

Traditional lectures.

The number of attending students will be limited to 40. 


Assessment methods

For the attending students there will be two mid-term exams and a final exam. Each mid-term exam is worth 30% of the final grade; the final exams 40%.

The first mid-term exam will cover the arguments of the first module. The second mid-term exam will cover the arguments of the second and third modules. In each mid-term exam students must answer to three open questions; each exam lasts two hours.

The final exam will be a Report that students write at home; this Report will then be discussed with the instructors during the oral final exam. The topic of the Report will be communicated by IOL. The Report must be sent to the instructors at least 10 days before the oral final exam.

For the not-attending students the final exam will be oral and it will cover all the required readings.

Teaching tools

Slides, database, videos and official documents.

Office hours

See the website of Giorgio Giovanni Negroni