Study options

Here are details of two specialised energy economics courses taught through the Department of Economics.

Two specialised energy economics courses (Econ 372 and Econ 783) are taught through the Economics Department, one at the undergraduate and one at the graduate level. Additionally, there is the option of doing an honours/masters dissertation/thesis on an energy subject. If you want to know more about these courses, please email Stephen Poletti:

A growing group of staff, PhD and other students also share research experiences with industry outsiders in regular Energy Centre seminars. Keep an eye on Business School Events to see what's coming up.

Econ 372 Energy and Environmental Economics
This course examines the economics of resource use with a particular emphasis on world oil markets and issues surrounding energy security. Energy markets are analysed with an emphasis on the electricity market. Issues surrounding energy economics and climate change, energy efficiency and policy measures to promote renewable energy sources are discussed.

Econ 783 Special Topic: Energy Economics
An in-depth analysis of energy and resource economics. Topics include resource allocation and optimisation using dynamic programming and environmental management. Electricity markets are treated comprehensibly including issues surrounding security of supply and incorporating renewable electricity generation. Risk management, futures markets and derivatives are discussed. Energy and climate change and CO2 mitigation policies are considered in detail including carbon taxes and cap and trade schemes. Finally, policies to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy are analysed.

Other relevant courses are:

  • ECON 304 Firms and Markets (15 points)
  • ECON 702 Industrial Organisation
  • ECON 721 and 723 Econometrics
  • ECON 782 Regulation and Competition Policy

Other University of Auckland faculties also offer energy-related courses that might be eligible for your degree (check with your postgraduate adviser).