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Management of Biological Resources

What policy should we use to achieve a certain environmental quality at the lowest cost? How shall the combination of costly actions in different countries be in order to achieve an international cooperation? How much fish can be taken without running the risk of extinguishing it in the long run? What is the value of a cleaner Baltic Sea? What are the relationships between population, economic growth and environment? To what extent can the government or any other federal authority change property rights in order to improve the environmental quality? Advanced economic theory and methods are analysed and applied during the class to answer these questions.

Information from the course leader

For the first time ever I'm using Canvas as the main platform for information about the course. The page has just gone live, I hope it all works... I think I have to organize for you (students) to be invited. I'll check that out.

First class, on Tuesday
Hej! I've been looking forward to meeting you all on Tuesday, but under the current circumstances (covid recommendations) I can't justify holding a class IRL. Therefore the class will be shifted to zoom. I will put out a link on Monday. Sorry if this is a disappointment for some of you. On Tuesday we will discuss (among how things) how best to proceed with the teaching. /Rob

Welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Here you find important information that will be useful before arriving to Sweden and while you are a student. • You need to have a student account in order to access Ladok Student at SLU and to sign up for exams. • You must be admitted and registered to attend the course. Unregistered students may NOT stay on the premises, for reasons of insurance. • You have to register yourself via Ladok Student. The self-registration is open 5 workdays before the start of the course and 3 days after. If you have been admitted to the course with conditions, you cannot register online and must contact the course leader who decides if you can still register. Only registered students can participate in the course and have access to, for example, Canvas. • If you want to receive text messages with updates for the course, for example in case of cancelled lectures or room changes, please check that the correct mobile number is in Ladok Student. • During the second week of the course there will be a mandatory control of attendance. If you don´t participate in the control you risk losing your place on the course. • If you need special support, please inform the course leader at the start of the course, so that special arrangements can be made for example at the examination. Certificates from Nais shall be displayed every time. • If you cancel the course, you should immediately notify the course leader via email, who in turn informs the educational administration to register a course break in Ladok. • You are automatically registered for the ordinary exams in Ladok Student. You can find your anonymous code in Ladok Student. Please note that you still have to register yourself for the re-exam in Ladok Student. This applies only to exams and re-exams within the department of economics. • For corrected exams – contact If you have any questions, please contact the administration by emailing

Welcome to the course!
The course will be organized around a large number of short (15 to 30 minute) videos which Rob will record during October and November. We will have a small number of meetings (see schedule) which will be student-driven: comments, questions, and discussions. We will talk through this at the first meeting on 2 November. You should keep the meeting times free in your diaries, but note that we may not use all of the times. Note also that the meetings may have to shift to zoom in case the covid situation changes.

Course evaluation

The course evaluation is now closed

NA0168-20110 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for NA0168

Academic year 2023/2024

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20179)

2023-10-31 - 2024-01-14

Academic year 2022/2023

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20091)

2022-11-01 - 2023-01-15

Academic year 2021/2022

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20125)

2021-11-02 - 2022-01-16

Academic year 2019/2020

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20087)

2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20144)

2018-11-05 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20044)

2017-10-30 - 2018-01-14

Academic year 2016/2017

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20036)

2016-10-31 - 2017-01-15

Academic year 2015/2016

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20007)

2015-10-26 - 2016-01-17

Academic year 2014/2015

Management of Biological Resources (NA0168-20038)

2014-11-10 - 2015-01-18

Syllabus and other information

Grading criteria

Assessment will consist of (1) the examination; and (2) a short essay and seminar presentation on a recent paper. In the latter we will go beyond the textbooks and cover some material based on recent research.

The exam will test the student's ability to understand and work with (including solving) basic economic models related to dynamic management of biological resources and climate change, and to discuss the results of such models in relation to policy dilemmas. It accounts for 67 percent of the marks.

The essay will cover a research paper (essay) relevant to the topics we have discussed. The paper should contain an original research contribution.The focus is on how the theory we have learnt during lectures and exercises shapes up when it is faced by reality. Papers chosen must relate theoretical results to empirical data. The paper and presentation together account for 33 percent of the marks.

More details, including exact grade boundaries, will be announced shortly. Note however that to pass the course, all elements (exam, paper, presentation) must achieve at least a pass grade.

Litterature list

  1. Perman, R., Ma, Y., McGilvray, J., Common, M. (2011). Natural Resources and Environmental Economics. Fourth edition, Pearson, Harlow, UK, Chapters 2, 16-18. 1) Conrad Jon, M. (2010) Resource Economics. Second edition. Cambridge University Press

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13082 SEK Cycle: Master’s level (A1N)
Subject: Economics Environmental Science Economics Environmental science
Course code: NA0168 Application code: SLU-20110 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 50%