#MeetTopEnvEcon – Karine Nyborg

Karine Nyborg

Current position: Professor of economics, University of Oslo

Year of birth:  1962

Homepage: http://folk.uio.no/karineny/

IDEAS profile: https://ideas.repec.org/e/pny7.html


I am very happy that Karine Nyborg, Professor of Economics at the University of Oslo, took the time to answer my questions for the Meet Top Environmental Economics (#MeetTopEnvEcon) series. Karine Nyborg is one of the main researchers that brought social norms into environmental economics. There are few others who have pushed this line of literature further than her and her co-authors. One article that you may want to read to get some insights into her views of and contributions to social norms in environmental economics is her recent publication Social Norms and the Environment. Karine Nyborg was also, up to now, the only female president of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (2012-2013), is a member of the Academia Europaea, and is on the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Beijer Institute for Ecological Econonomics.

I can strongly advise you to not miss her presentations or keynotes. Karine Nyborg gave this fantastic keynote speech at the EAERE conference in Athens in 2017. Also, it is not entirely clear to me whether, if asked, she would view herself primarily as an economist, or as a fiction writer. I have been told that her books are a charm.

I am happy to announce that I am working on a series of what I call Express Views. These are very short interviews of environmental economics that are giving interesting insights into their thoughts. Here is my interview with Karine.

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I have just come across the article “An Economist’s Guide to Climate Change Science“, written by Solomon Hsiang and Robert Kopp, published recently in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fall 2018. They mainly summarize the recent literature on climate change and provide some insights from economists on this topic. Should you read their article? What is missing from it?

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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.

Edit 5. January: I now included an Express Views interview with Thomas:

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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