Dr. Kaffine's research is in the areas of resource, energy and environmental economics. His research has examined energy and environmental policy, transportation markets, renewable energy, property rights and natural resource use, and waste and recycling policy.
Impacts of renewable energy policies, links between energy and environmental policy and transportation markets, property rights and natural resource use
ECON 4535 - Natural Resource Economics
Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023
Analysis of problems associated with socially optimal use of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources over time. Problems of common property resources, irreversible forms of development, and preservation of natural areas. Degree credit not granted for this course and ECON 3535.
ECON 4848 - Applied Econometrics
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Introduces students to the practice of applied regression analysis. Summarizes and reviews the regression technique, explores U.S. census data sources, introduces an advanced statistical software package and provides structured exercises in regression analysis of census data. Concludes with independent research projects analyzing social and economic issues using regression analysis and census data.
ECON 4939 - Internship/Seminar
Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
Offers students the opportunity to integrate theoretical concepts of economics with practical experience in economics-related institutions. The theoretical portion arises from seminars and readings, the practical from activities in organizations related to the economics field. A maximum of 3 credit hours counts toward major requirements. Department consent required.
ECON 8209 - Economics Research Methods Workshop 1
Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
Assists students starting their doctoral thesis by discussing methodology and evaluation of economic research. Presents and discusses student research proposals.
ECON 8535 - Environmental Economics I
Fall 2019 / Spring 2022
Considers the allocation of society's scarce environmental resources and government attempts to achieve more efficient and equitable allocations. It is a course in applied welfare economics with an emphasis on market failure and valuation.