I am happy to announce the 5th International Workshop on Economic Growth, Environment and Natural Resources which will be held on May 31 – June 1, 2019, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Kirill Borissov (EUSP) is the main organizer of this event, and I am on the scientific committee with Stefano Bosi (Université Paris Saclay), Thierry Bréchet (UCLouvain and CORE), Lucas Bretschger (ETH Zurich) and Mikhail Pakhnin (EUSP). Rick van der Ploeg will be the keynote speaker. This is going to be a very interesting workshop, in a great place, if you can make it then don’t miss it!

For more information follow this Link. If you need further information, do not hesitate to contact me.

Important Dates (2019)
• Submission deadline: February 8
• Notification of acceptance: February 13
• Final paper deadline: May 24
• Workshop dates: May 31 – June 1

#MeetTopEnvEcon – Thomas Sterner

Thomas Sterner

Current position: Professor of environmental economics, University of Gothenburg

Year of birth:  1952

Homepage: http://sternerthomas.com/

IDEAS profile: https://ideas.repec.org/f/pst389.html


Thomas Sterner’s CV reads like a book. In fact, it is a book, it has a table of contents,  it is 64 pages long, 40 of which are only listing his publications. He wrote over 100 publications in journals, 21 books or monographs, over a 100 articles in books or reports, and over 200 journalistic articles or speeches. He is extremely active on the policy side, both having participated at COP meetings and helped write an IPCC report, and is advising various governments around the world. In order to achieve this one has to not only show a huge commitment and dedication, but one must also be able to easily transition between fundamental research and talking to policy makers alike. This is clearly a very difficult task that few can manage to this degree.

Thomas comes across as a very relaxed, even casual person. And it is definitely fun and interesting to talk to him. So, if you meet him at the next conference, don’t worry about approaching him and asking him the questions about discounting or policy that you had always wanted to ask. Until then, I hope this interview gives you some further insights into his thoughts and research.

A new highlight, which I from now on hope to be able to add to these series, is a short video summary of the interview.

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I just came across an interview of Jean Drèze in the newspaper The Hindu. This is one of the development economists and activists that one should know about. Read on for the full interview, which was originally published in The Hindu, and whose author G. Sampath very kindly allowed me to reproduce in its entirety on my blog.

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Yossi Sheffi, a Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT, and Director of the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics, recently wrote an article on Project Syndicate entitled “Green Lobby’s Misdirected Anger“. He argues that our current efforts to curb carbon emissions are insufficient to keep temperature increases below 1.5°C and suggests the only real alternative is geoengineering and nuclear fusion. I disagree.

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Behond, a new edition of the ISEFI conference is coming up, don’t miss it: https://isefi.sciencesconf.org/. Together with Eric Strobl, University of Bern, and Cees Withagen, IPAG Business School & VU University, I organize the environmental economics part of this conference.

The 7th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI-2019), jointly organized by the IPAG Center for Energy Economics and Environment (IPAG Business School) and the Centre of Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (Paris Dauphine University), will take place on 23-24 May 2019 in Paris, France. It aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges that interrelate energy, environment, macroeconomics and financial markets.

In October 2018 IPCC published a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels. This report has been widely publicized in media across the globe such as BBC News, Financial Times, EURACTIVE or the New York Times. The conclusion is that there is an urgent need for a quick action. One issue that economists in general would have with this report is whether or not it makes sense to stick to the 1.5°C target from a cost-benefit point of view. So what do we know?

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