Master in Environmental Economics

The environmental topics have received special relevance in the last years. Behind this thematic there exist complex social processes to whose understanding the Economics has much that to contribute.

The Master in Environmental Economics (MAEA) departs from this to offer a program designed with international standards that provides a solid training in Economic Analysis for: 1) understanding the interactions between the economy and the environment, and 2) improving the decision making, both in government and in private sector, concerning environmental topics.

The first year of the program takes place in the Santa Fe Campus (SF) of the CIDE, in Mexico City. The second year of the program takes place in the Center Region Campus (RC) of the CIDE, in Aguascalientes, considering that most of the teachers and researchers specialized in Environmental Economics of the CIDE are assigned to the latter mentioned campus. On the other hand, an important and increasing number of members of the RC Campus have as a subject of study environmental topics on a complementary perspective to that of the Economics (e.g. Public Administration, Laws and International Relations). Due to that, the RC Campus turns out to be the ideal place for the students to take their second year of the program and accomplish a well-rounded education, so they design and evaluate public policies related to environmental problems.

With the acquired knowledge, our graduates will be able to develop professionally in different government offices, the Academia, the private sector, social organizations and international institutions.

It is a demanding and rigorous program, which offers a unique pedagogic experience, financial aid, educational infrastructure and international exchange programs. With this, it’s possible that, in two years, the students obtain knowledge and skills for a successful professional development, which will allow them to improve their environment and generate useful knowledge.

The solid background of the members of the Division of Economics and of the RC Campus, allows this program to be classified as one of recent creation under Conacyt’s National Registry of Quality Graduate Studies (PNPC).

Dr. Susan W. Parker

Chair of the Division of Economics

Dr. José Jaime Sainz Santamaría

Director of the Center Region Campus


The goal of the Master in Environmental Economics (MAEA) is to provide excellent training in Economic Analysis, with specialization on Environmental Economics. The MAEA is a program with a high level of rigor and thoroughness that seeks its graduates to have the necessary tools to analyze, from the economic perspective, any environmental problematic, and thus propose solutions and suitable public policies. Graduates can be easily inserted into the public and private sectors, and those interested in continuing their studies can do so successfully on doctoral programs in universities with well-known international prestige.

During the first year of the program the fundamentals of the discipline are taught: Economic Analysis and Quantitative Methods. The second year covers specific courses of Environmental Economics. Throughout the program, we seek to exploit the comparative advantages of the background of our researchers.

Ejes temáticos

The themes considered relevant for this program, based on the area of specialization of the teachers, have been grouped in three core themes:

  • Economic Analysis and design of environmental policies
  • Natural resources and conservation
  • Governance and environment and natural resources’ regulation.
Vinculación internacional

The MAEA has a collaboration agreement with the University of the Andes of Colombia and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Coordinadores del programa

Héctor Núñez Amortegui

Professor-researcher of the Division of Economics.