ENST 26530. Environment, Agriculture, and Food: Economic and Policy Analysis (Winter 2016)
This course is designed to provide students with guidance on the models and tools needed to conduct an economic research study on the intersecting topics of environment, agriculture, and food. Students learn how to develop original research ideas using a quantitative and applied economic policy analysis for professional and scholarly audiences. Students collect, synthesize, and analyze data using economic and statistical tools. Students provide outcomes and recommendations based on scholarly, objective, and policy relevant research rather than on advocacy or opinions, and produce a final professional-quality report for a workshop presentation and publication. Students conducted extensive research and analysis contributing to a project called Campus CAFES (Campus Cafe Assessment for Environmental Sustainability) and provided recommendations for incorporating sustainable practices into the University of Chicago student-run cafes.