Course code Ekon2100

Credit points 2

Bioeconomics I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation19.11.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Economics and Regional Development

Course developers

author Ekonomikas un reģionālās attīstības institūts

Kaspars Naglis-Liepa

Dr. oec.

author Ekonomikas un reģionālās attīstības institūts

Arnis Lēnerts

Dr. oec.

Prior knowledge

Ekon1012, Microeconomics

Ekon2109, Macroeconomics

Ekon2122, Statistics

Course abstract

The course provides students with knowledge on and develops practical skills in identifying the newest trends in the development of bioeconomies at the global and especially European and national scales. The course deals with primary industries – agriculture, forestry, fisheries–, as well as manufacturing and other industries that exploit biotechnologies, thereby consuming and producing natural, quality, and innovative bioproducts. Their production has to be based on sustainability principles.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• knowledge and an understanding that a prudent, rational, and efficient use of Latvia’s resources (land, capital, labour) can contribute to its economic growth and its population’s wellbeing. It can be achieved by developing and employing the findings of bioeconomics;
• skills in using their knowledge and understanding on economic growth opportunities, in analysing the development of bioeconomic industries, in taking advantage of deeper, complete, and efficient processing of products that raise their value added, and in tackling the problems of integrating theory and practice;
• competence in identifying and forecasting the opportunities for the production of bioproducts with a higher value added and their sales in the domestic and foreign markets, as well as the effects on the growth of bioeconomic industries and their contribution to the national economy.

Compulsory reading

1. Hofs G.K., Alsiņa R. Biznesa ekonomika. 2. izdevums. Rīga: Jāņa Rozes apgāds, 2011. 603 lpp.
2. Radžele-Šulce A., Krieviņa A., Siliņa L. Agrārā sfēra un tās galveno nozaru attīstība Latvijā. Zinātniska monogrāfija. Jelgava: LLU EF, 2012. 233 lpp.
3. Treisijs M. Lauksaimniecība un pārtika tirgus ekonomikā. Rīga: LVAEI, 1996. 406 lpp.
4. Wilen J.E. Bioeconomics of renewable resource use. In: Kneese, A.V and Sweeney, J.L. (ed.), Handbook of natural resource and energy economics, Vol. 1. Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1985. p.61.-124.

Further reading

1. Bikse V. Ekonomikas teorijas pamatprincipi. Rīga: Izglītības soļi, 2007. 454 lpp.
2. Saliņš Z. Mežs - Latvijas nacionālā bagātība. Jelgava, 2002. 248 lpp.
3. Kozo Mayumi. The Origins of Ecological Economics. The bioeconomics of Georgescu-Roegen. Roeutledge. pp174.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Zemkopības ministrijas gada ziņojumi
2. Ekonomikas ministrijas gada ziņojumi
3. Agrotops: žurnāls zemniekiem un lauku uzņēmējiem. Rīga: AS Lauku avīze. ISSN 1407 - 516