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#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

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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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