[Question] Which specialization has a larger impact? Environmental Policy or Environmental Economics?

I’m cur­rently weigh­ing be­tween these two spe­cial­iza­tions be­fore I be­gin my mas­ter de­gree in En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences.

On one hand, En­vi­ron­men­tal Eco­nomics looks more “prac­ti­cal”. It links eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems to­gether, fo­cuses on cost-effec­tive­ness and effi­ciency of policy op­tions so I think its ca­reer im­pact might be eas­ier to mea­sure and fore­see. But a quick Google search shows that it seems to have less job op­por­tu­ni­ties than En­vi­ron­men­tal Policy. It cer­tainly isn’t as pop­u­lar as a topic like En­vi­ron­men­tal Policy, which for me is a field that needs a more ur­gent change.

I also don’t have any back­ground in Eco­nomics at all, but I’m will­ing to learn more about it. Although I’m wor­ried that an in­tense, two year pro­gram might not be the best use of time for some­one who has no pre­vi­ous knowl­edge on microe­co­nomic the­ory to be­gin from scratch.

I know cli­mate change isn’t a top pri­or­ity of EA but would love to hear some ad­vices re­gard­ing which of these two spe­cial­iza­tions I should fo­cus on.

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