As an environmental economist you will be involved in the study of socio-economic development activities that affect the environment and how sustainable policies can be created to provide environmental solutions.
Environmental economists study the economics involved in the extraction and use of natural resources and the disposal of waste products back to the environment. They apply advanced economic techniques to provide practical advice to businesses, regulators and policymakers on effective policy and management of environmental issues related to areas like climate change adaptation and mitigation, water resources management, agriculture and biosecurity.
You may take any stream at +2 to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate course in Economics. However Mathematics at +2 is compulsory for eligibility to Bachelor’s course in Economics in some institutions. Also, preference may be given to candidates who have studied Economics at +2 level.
Specialisations in Economics are not generally available at UG level in India. You may take up BA/ BSc or BA/ BSc (Hons) courses in Economics which are of three years duration.
You can take MA Economics which is a two year course which has Environmental Economics and Agricultural Economics as elective subjects. MSc Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics programme is available in foreign universities.
Since careers in this field are research oriented it is advisable to take up Doctoral qualifications in related topics. Many prestigious institutions in India offer facilities for research in these specialisations of Economics.
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As environmental economists would be working with lengthy documents, it is important for them comprehend written matter fast and effectively.
Environmental economists have to make extensive study reports and presentations according to the understanding of the audience they are addressing.
Its Vital for them to use logic and reason to understand the pros and cons of approaches, solutions and conclusions.
Environmental Economists need to consider the potential and quality of the policies they are undertaking in order to ensure efficient fulfillment of the goals keeping in mind the safety of the environment.