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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2018/2019
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Insegnamento 095914 - ENERGY ECONOMICS
Docente Buttice' Vincenzo
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Obiettivi dell'insegnamento

Over the last two decades, an increasing number of countries around the world has replaced vertical integration with markets as the main methods of organizing the electricity and natural gas industries. This course discusses the way in which these markets have put economic principles into practice and provides insights on the topics that are currently on the frontier of the research and policy agenda.

In particular, the course will provide the frameworks, models and tools to understand the functioning of the energy markets (electricity and natural gas). The instructors will provide theoretical model and empirical evidence to guide the students in the process of understanding the context, and the motivations behind public intervention in energy market as of well as the functioning of competitive wholesale markets. An important part of the course will be devoted to describe how environmental externalities influence public intervention in the energy market. During class activates students will be asked to apply the theoretical models to real cases and formulate autonomous judgement about the choices made by the players in the energy market. The course will involve guest speakers, who will share their practical experience with the class, and will include teamwork actives designed to involve students actively in the learning process.

Risultati di apprendimento attesi

At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

  • describe the context, and the motivations behind public intervention in energy market;
  • describe the functioning of competitive wholesale markets (electricity and natural gas)
  • describe how the environmental externalities influence the energy markets
  • describe the specific challenges for the players in the energy sectors
  • apply theories of energy economics to real-world situations

Argomenti trattati

The course includes:

Lecture sessions: they aim at illustrating, sharing and discussing models, conceptual frameworks, tools and empirical evidence

In-class case study discussions: they aim at making students apply the insights from theory and empirics to real world situations. Students have to read case study materials in advance of the class sections

Testimonials: guest speakers invited to share their practical experience with the class

Detailed program

1. Introduction to the course

Definitions. Supply chains. Liberalization of European energy markets.

2. Basic microeconomics and industrial organization

Production cost and demand. Efficiency. Perfect competition and monopoly. Natural monopoly. Contestable markets. Sunk costs.

3. Regulation of natural monopolies

Price regulation with perfect information. Price regulation with asymmetric information. Regulation in practice.

4. Competitive energy markets

Wholesale electricity market. Power exchanges. Wholesale natural gas market. Gas hubs.

5. Environmental economics

Welfare economics and the environment. Economic instruments applied to environmental policy.




No prerequisites.

Modalità di valutazione

The final evaluation is based on a written final exam.

The final exam aims at testing student's

  • Level of understanding of the theories and empirics presented in class
  • Ability to apply the theories and empirics presented in class to real cases
  • Ability to interpret correctly the regulatory intervention as well as the choices of the players in the energy markets in light of the theory and empirics presented in class
  • Ability to calculate a market equilibrium


The course includes the possibility to engage in a teamwork assignment which will result in a bonus grade (+0/3 points). Students willing to engage in the workgroup activity will be asked to prepare a 5-pages document by the end of the course. The document will report the analysis of scientific articles on a specific theme defined with the instructors.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaHal R. Varian, Intermediate microeconomics. A modern approach, Editore: W. W. Norton & Company, Anno edizione: 2010
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaPaul L. Joskow, Regulation of natural monopolies, Anno edizione: 2007

In A. M. Polinsky and S. Shavell (eds), Handbook of Law and Economics.

Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaI. J. Pérez-Arriaga, Regulation of the power sector, Editore: Springer, Anno edizione: 2013
Risorsa bibliografica facoltativaR. Perman, Y. Ma, J. McGilvray, M. S. Common, D. Maddison, Natural Resource and Environmental Economics, Editore: Pearson, Anno edizione: 2011

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Forme didattiche
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Ore di studio autonome
Laboratorio Informatico
Laboratorio Sperimentale
Laboratorio Di Progetto
Totale 80:00 120:00

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