Course code Ekon3095

Credit points 3

Bioeconomics II

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes32

Independent study hours72

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

Ekon2100, Bioeconomics I

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. Drummond H.E., Goodwin J.W. Agricultural economics. Third Edition. www.pearsonhighered.com. Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall, 2011. p. 394 p.
2. Tietenberg T., Lewis L.(2012) Environmental & Natural Resource Economics. Ninth edition. Pearson. Pp. 666.
3. Treisijs M. Lauksaimniecība un pārtika tirgus ekonomikā. Rīga: LVAEI, 1996. 406 lpp.

Further reading

1. Dubrovskis V., Adamovičs A. Bioenerģētikas horizonti. Jelgava, LLU, 2012. 351 lpp.
2. Kalniņš A. Biodegviela: ražošanas un izmantošanas iespējas Latvijā: saimnieciski-ekonomiskais vērtējums. Rīga: [b.i.], 2005. 166 lpp.
3. Kalniņš A. Biogāzes iespējas un tās kā transportlīdzekļu degvielas izmantošana. Rīga: LR Ekonomikas ministrija, 2007. 95 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Lauksaimniecības gada ziņojumi. Rīga: LR Zemkopības ministrija.
2. Ziņojumi par Latvijas tautsaimniecības attīstību. Rīga: LR Ekonomikas ministrija.