Green Economy and Sustainability

Green Economy and Sustainability is an international degree for Italian and non-Italian students.

Foreign students are welcome and exchange programmes like Erasmus+ are strongly encouraged and supported.

 

Overview:

Green Economy and Sustainability is a 2nd cycle degree entirely taught in English forming graduates who are qualified to assume managerial or consultant positions in the Green Economy sector.

The course provides students with interdisciplinary abilities in order to enable them to address issues related to green economy and sustainable development. The main topics of Green economy and sustainability are eco-innovation, green economy and sustainable development. Challenging eco-policy issues - from both national and international perspectives - are studied as well.

 

Structure:

We offer dedicated teaching in the advanced core areas of environmental economics, environmental law, econometrics and research methods, with the opportunity to choose from an interesting portfolio of optional courses.

 

Year 1 (1st semester= fall, 2nd semester= spring)

Course

ECTS Semester

Content

Theory of the firm and of the markets

9 2nd

Firms are an important component of most economic systems and a better understanding of their operation and of the reasons for their existence is necessary to better understand the economic activity. This should give the students an useful economic background for their working careers.

Industrial policy and sustainability:

9 2nd

Examination divided into two moduls (see the following line)

1st module: Industrial economics and policy - 2 module: Economics of small and medium enterprises

 

7

 

+

 

2

2nd

This is an advance course of industrial economics and policy comprising issues of strategies and competition, industry dynamics, competition policy, innovation policy and green industrial policy. Theoretical and empirical evidence will be discussed using real world cases of industries and firms. A specific module will be dedicated to SMEs, focusing particularly on issues related to clustering, firm creation and growth, and SME policy.

Strategic control and performance management

9 1st

The subject provides students with an understanding of strategic management, and enabling them to apply tools to help an organization define its sustained competitive advantage. The linkage between organizational strategies and performance measurement tools is shown, too. A wide range of performance dimensions is considered such as the economic, individual, environmental, societal ones.

Organizational behavior and human resource management

8 2nd

The goal of the course is to provide the main conceptual tools that are necessary for the analysis of human resource management and organizational behavior in enterprises. The main topics are: motivation and decision making; leadership; group dynamics; human resource management policies.

Governance and accounting in SMEs

9 1st

The course deals with the concept of corporate governance and in particular the way owners and managers can develop a consistent relationship in SMEs. A specific focus is devoted to the context of family firms. The second part of the course is devoted to the analysis of the accounting tools and methodology in order to support decision making, external reporting (Financial and non-financial) and control.

Quantitative methods for economics and statistics:

8 1st

Examination divided into two moduls (see the following line)

1st module: Math methods for econ and business

4

The course aims to give a solid theoretical background in differential calculus in euclidean spaces in order to solve economic problems of optimization. Particular attention will be given to various applications (Data Envelopment Analysis).

2nd module: Stat methods for econ and business

4

The course deals with advanced statistical methods for complex problems related to business and economics. The teaching approach is application-oriented.

Econometric methods and models

7 2nd

The course aims at presenting basic econometric methods allowing to measure causal relations using real data. In particular, the course will focus on the  linear regression model, its estimation and on the statistical inference on the parameters of interest. Some issues concerning  econometric modeling will be discussed.

Year 2 (1st semester= fall, 2nd semester= spring)

Course

ECTS Semester

Content

Environmental and Intellectual property law

8 1st

Examination divided into the moduls (see the following line):

1st module: Environmental law- 2nd module: Patents and trade marks application- 3rd module: Intellectual property law

 

2

+

3

+

3

This course presents intellectual property laws and environmental laws which aims at promoting environmental technological innovation from invention to commercialization.

Sustainability of public policy

7 2nd

The course aims to provide a wide overview of the fiscal tools that are necessary to ensure the stability of public finance. A specific focus will be put on the necessity of a careful coordination of the accounting rules between the European stability and growth pact and the Italian domestic stability pact in order to have a clear definition of the contribution of each Italian sub-national government to aggregate deficit.

Eco-Innovations,  firm’s performance and industrial dynamics

7 1st

Examination divided into two moduls (see the following line):

1st module: Eco- innovations and economic performances- 2nd module: Environmental regulations and eco- innovations

 

3

 

+

 

4

This course disentangles the complex linkages and relationships between innovation dynamics, market structure and the environment. The first module of the course studies how different types of market structure obstacle or favour innovation adoption, with a special focus on eco-innovation. The second module of the course will be more related to the economic effect of eco-innovation in terms of firm’s performances and employment dynamics. Finally, the effect of Eco-Innovation on the environment will be shortly revised in the final module of the course. Several seminar lectures will provide real world applications taken from the energy sector and from recent innovation studies.

Environmental economics and the green economy

7 1st

The course is an introduction to economics and policy perspective on environmental problems. How environmental policy should be efficiently designed is a main theme. Case studies and empirical evidence will cover climate change and waste, with a focus on eco innovation developed by firms and economic sectors.

2 courses to be chosen among:

 

Economics of innovation

7 1st

Examination divided into two moduls (see the following line):

1st module: Innovation and invention: barriers and drivers- 2nd module: Innovation diffusion, business, models and tecnology transfers

 

3

+

4

The objective of the course is twofold: 1) providing the students of a sound conceptual background on the main topics of the Economics of Innovation (e.g. systems of innovation, innovation policy evaluation, innovation and diffusion, measuring innovation); 2) illustrating the most recent advances in econometrics related to innovation topics.

Econometric techniques for policy evaluation

7 2nd

The course aims at presenting some intermediate econometric methods such as panel data and time series. In particular, the course will focus on the use of such methods to evaluate the effect of public policies.

Policies for sustainability and local development

7 1st

The course analyses public policies aimed at achieving territorial and urban development, with particular reference to the following issues: integrated policies, environmental policies and sustainability, policies for local development, competitiveness policies (for eg., smart cities, creative cities, sustainable urban planning, etc.), policies for the protection and enhancement of historic and artistic assets.

Development and emerging markets 7 1st Examination divided into two moduls (see the following line):
1 st module: Development economics 4 This course provides students with a complete and balanced introduction to the theory, driving policy issues, and latest research on the Economics of Development. A policy-oriented approach is taken, presenting theories on Economic Development in the context of contemporary international debates. During the course, case studies on selected topics will be presented and discussed with the goal of encouraging continue and active participation of all the students.
2nd module: Economics and business of emerging markets 3 This course offers an overview on growth and development in the so-called Emerging Countries. The development strategies, the industrialization processes and the catching-up efforts are analyzed. Moreover, in a doing-business perspective, the present and the future of the economic relationships between some selected Emerging Countries and Italy will be discussed. Case studies will be presented to encourage continue and active participation of all the students.
Financial public economics 7 2nd The course will provide theoretical and empirical tools, needed to address and search for adequate solutions to some relevant and current issues of public economics.
Project work 7 2nd
1 course to be chosen among:
Internship 4 1st
Chinese language 4 1st
German language 4 1st
French language 4 1st
Spanish language 4 1st