EAERE Newsletter Spring 2016
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Lucas Bretschger by Lucas Bretschger, EAERE President

This is my last newsletter as President, my term has almost ended. I take the opportunity to reflect on the recent development of EAERE and to give thanks, particularly to those who have especially contributed to our association in the last two years. Our main event of 2017 was the EAERE annual conference in Athens: a big success! I express my sincere thanks to the conference co-chairs, Phoebe Koundouri and Partha Dasgupta, and to the local scientific committee of Yannis Ioannidis, Andreas Papandreou, and Anastasios Xepapadeas for their great efforts. Directly after Athens, another series successfully continued: the EAERE Summer School in Venice. I wish to thank the school coordinator Sjak Smulders and faculty for offering a high-quality course on crucial topics at the interface of macroeconomics, growth, and the environment. Both events superbly highlighted what I see as our main objective: seeking good balance between disciplinary excellence, interdisciplinary collaboration, and political impact. We are evermore successful in bringing our topics back into core economics and being the forerunners in the development and application of new methods. We represent the main economic field where theory-guided policies are derived based on ideas of efficiency, equity, and sustainability.


From the Editor arrow

Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline by Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline, EAERE Council Member and Newsletter Editor

Dear EAERE Friends and Colleagues,

This Newsletter features the last presidential address written by Lucas Bretschger, whom I would like to thank warmly for his dynamic and effective work as President of our association over the past two years. Carlo Carraro succeeds him for the next two years and we are happy to welcome him, as well as the new President-elect, Christian Gollier and the new elected Council members, Carolyn Fischer and Maria Loureiro. Thank you also to Valentina Bosetti and Karen Pittel, who leave now the Council after four years of active participation to the guidance of the Association.


Editorial Update from Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP), official journal of EAERE arrow

by Carlo Carraro, Editor-in-chief


review of environmental economics and policy

Dear REEP readers,

In a few days, the twelfth volume of the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) will be available.  It will be the final issue of REEP for which I will serve as Editor. After 12 years of working hard to make REEP the top journal in environmental economics and one of the top economics journals, nine years as Co-Editor and three years as Editor, I am handing over leadership of REEP to a new Editor, Cathy Kling of Iowa State University. On January 1, 2018, I will become President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). Serving as President of EAERE will be quite demanding and I decided it would be best for REEP that I step down as Editor. Cathy is a distinguished, talented, and widely respected scholar in our field and I am very pleased to be leaving the leadership of REEP in such capable hands.

EAERE Awards 2017:
Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics

Mads Greaker and Kristoffer MidttommeThe 2017 Erik Kempe Award has been given to
Mads GREAKER and Kristoffer MIDTTØMME
for their article
Optimal Environmental Policy with Network Effects: Will Pigouvian Taxation Lead to Excess Inertia?
Journal of Public Economics 143, 27-38, 2016


EAERE Awards 2017:
EAERE Award for Outstanding Publication in the Journal Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE)

Edward B. BarbierRamon E. LopezJacob P. Hochard

The 2017 EAERE Award for Outstanding Publication in the ERE has been awarded to:
Edward B. Barbier, Ramón E. López, Jacob P. Hochard (2016), Debt, Poverty and Resource Management in a Rural Smallholder Economy, Environmental and Resource Economics, February 2016, Volume 63, Issue 2, pp 411–427, DOI: 10.1007/s10640-015-9890-4


EAERE Awards 2017:
Best Poster Award at 2017 EAERE Annual Conference

Achim HagenAchim Hagen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, "Boon or bane? Trade sanctions and the stability of international environmental agreements"
Co-author: Jan Schneider, University of Oldenburgt


6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists - WCERE 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-29 June 2018 arrow

WCERE Logoby Thomas Sterner, chair of the Local Organising Commitee

Dear colleagues,
you are very welcome to the 6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, WCERE 2018, which will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-29 June 2018. Registration and submission for papers, thematic sessions and policy sessions are now open. The Local Organizing Committee welcomes contributions, and is planning for an inspiring conference week in Gothenburg together with environmental economists from all around the world.

EAERE-FEEM-VIU Summer School 2017 arrow

EAERE-FEEM-VIU Summer School 2017“Macroeconomics, Growth and the Environment” was the theme of the 18th Summer School that EAERE organized together with FEEM and VIU. Twenty PhD students from all over Europe participated; some of them are in their first year, others very close to defending their thesis. They attended the lectures in the morning sessions and presented own work in an afternoon session. Not only in the classroom, but also during breakfast and breaks, and even in the evenings at the soccer field or water front, there was a lot of discussion about research and environmental policy.


Call for applications: EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School on Climate Change Assessment: Economic Models and Evaluation Criteria - Venice, 30 June - 6 July 2018 arrow


Deadline for applications: February 15th, 2018

The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and Venice International University (VIU) are pleased to announce their annual European Summer School in Resource and Environmental Economics for postgraduate students.
The 2018 Summer School will take place from the 30th June to the 6th of July at the VIU campus on the Island of San Servolo, in Venice, located just in front of St. Mark's Square. The topic covered by the 2018 Summer School is the Climate Change Assessment: Economic Models and Evaluation Criteria.

EAERE-ETH European Winter School on Uncertainty and Dynamics in Environmental Economic Modeling - Ascona 28 January - 2 February 2018 arrow

EAERE-ETH Winter SchoolThe Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) are pleased to announce the first EAERE-ETH Winter School in Resource and Environmental Economics for postgraduate students.
The aim of the Winter Schools is to provide advanced training to European doctoral and post-doctoral students in specialised topics relating to the field of environmental and resource economics.
The School will take place from January 28 to February 2 at Monte Verità in Ascona, Switzerland.
The topic covered by the 2018 Winter School is Uncertainty and Dynamics in Environmental Economic Modeling.

Call for Proposals: Summer and Winter School 2020 | Deadline: 31 May 2018 arrow

The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) welcomes proposals for future Summer and Winter Schools taking place in 2020.
Summer Schools take place in Venice, Italy, and are organised in partnership with Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Venice International University (VIU).
Winter Schools take place in Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, and are organised in partnership with ETH Zurich.
EAERE members that intend to submit proposals are kindly requested to submit their candidature according to the rules announced in this call.

Call for Expressions of Interest: EAERE Secretariat from 2020 | Deadline: 31 May 2018 arrow

The European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) solicits proposals for the management of the Association's Secretariat for an initial period of 6 years starting in January 1st, 2020 and terminating in December 31st, 2025. The appointment can be extended.
Universities, research organisations, or groups of organisations that intend to submit their candidature are kindly requested to send their expressions of interest by May 31st, 2018.

2017 Annual General Assembly of Members – draft minutes arrow

The draft minutes of the last EAERE General Assembly of members held on July 1st, 2017 in Athens are available online here. The 2016 EAERE Final Accounts are available online here.

Make a donation to EAERE arrow

Please consider making a donation to EAERE. Your donation will support the Association to further its aims which are: to contribute to the development and application of environmental and resource economics as a science in Europe; to encourage and improve communication between teachers, researchers and students in environmental and resource economics in different European countries; to develop and encourage the cooperation between university level teaching institutions and research institutions in Europe. Institutes and individual donors will be recognized on our web page unless you request otherwise and prefer your donation to be kept anonymous.
You can make a donation to EAERE here.

Call for Institutional Members 2018 arrow

Public and private institutions are invited to support the Association to further its aims by joining EAERE as Institutional Members. Incomes from institutional membership fees will be used exclusively and completely to further the aims of the Association. The category Institutional Members is open to associations, and public and private institutions which operate in fields connected with the aims of the Association or which pursue the aims and materially support the activities of the Association or individual initiatives promoted by the Association, by providing human, organisational or financial resources.

Call for Individual Members 2018 arrow

Individual membership is open to persons who by their profession, training and/or function are involved in environment and resource economics as a science. EAERE offers a rich portfolio of benefits for individual members, making the return on a membership more valuable than ever. 


For calendar year 2018, EAERE offers a rich portfolio of benefits for individual members, making the return on a membership more valuable than ever:

Membership options and prices 
EAERE is providing new and continuing members with three mutually exclusive options. All of them include free online access to ERE and REEP
EAERE annual memberships can be bundled with the ERE and/or REEP subscription to the paper version.
If you are a member of AERE  (Association of Environmental and Resource Economists) - our sister association in North America - in calendar year 2017, you can apply for a EAERE Secondary Membership with a discounted fee.

Primary Membership Full Reduced*
EAERE Membership € 50.00 € 14,00
EAERE Membership + ERE paper version                                 € 143.53 € 107.53
EAERE Membership + REEP paper version € 65.00 € 29.00
EAERE Membership + ERE & REEP paper version € 158.53 € 122.53
EAERE Triennial Membership 2017-2019 € 135.00 € 37.80


Secondary Membership Full Reduced*
EAERE Membership for AERE Members € 25.00 € 7.00
EAERE Membership for AERE Members + ERE paper version € 118.53 € 100.53
EAERE Membership for AERE Members + REEP paper version € 40.00 € 22.00
EAERE Membership for AERE Members + ERE & REEP paper version € 133.53 € 115.53
EAERE Triennial Membership 2017-2019 for AERE Members € 67.50 € 18.90

*Reduced membership fees apply for:

  • STUDENTS: Students are requested to prove their status of student by e-mailing to eaere@eaere.org, a note from their department on letterhead, a copy of their Student ID Card (valid for 2018) or the URL of the webpage run within the official website of their department in which they are mentioned as students.
  • RESIDENTS IN EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES: The following countries are to be considered as Eastern European countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraina.
  • RESIDENTS IN LOW INCOME, LOWER-MIDDLE-INCOME and UPPER-MIDDLE INCOME ECONOMIES, in accordance to the definition provided by the World Bank.

Payment methods
Payments can be done by credit card, bank transfer or Western Union Money Transfer. If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be redirected to a separate and secure page. EAERE accepts Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.


23rd EAERE Annual Conference, Athens (Greece), 28 June-1 July 2017 arrow

Phoebe KounduriThe 23rd annual scientific conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) took place in Athens, from 28 June to 1 July.
The EAERE 2017 conference was organized by the ICRE8 International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy, in cooperation with Athens University of Economics and Business, the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center. The conference was held under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens, with invaluable support from a number of local sponsors including the ALBA Graduate Business School, John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Bank of Greece Climate Change Impacts Study Committee, Gutenberg Publishing House, Katogi Averoff Winery, the Mariolopoulos – Kanaginis Foundation for the Environmental Sciences, and Kathimerini Newspaper.
Audience to a plenary sessionNearly 150 different sessions were held at both the Megaron International Conference Center and ALBA Graduate Business School, on topics ranging from climate change, sustainable development, and environmental policy, to ecosystems and biodiversity, renewable energy, clean technology and greening of the economy. More than 800 economists, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from 51 countries attended the conference to present and discuss current research and policies related to environmental and resource economics. Although the majority of attendees came from Europe, people from all continents of the world participated, traveling from the United States and countries as far away as Chile, Uruguay, New Zealand, Korea and India.
The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri and Prof. Sir Partha Dasgupta and had a local scientific committee composed of Prof. Yannis Ioannidis, Prof. Andreas Papandreou and Prof. Anastasios Xepapadeas, featured keynote addresses from world-renowned experts on vital environmental issues, as well as policy sessions and thematic sessions, and presentation of a large number of research papers in parallel and poster sessions. There was also an exhibition including environment-related publications from Springer Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Environment for Development, University of Chicago Press, and the Environmental Defense Fund, while Elsevier and the journal Nature Sustainability provided generous sponsorships. Evening events at the Parko Eleftherias, the garden of the Academy of Athens and the Ecali Club allowed participants the opportunity to interact informally while enjoying Greek hospitality in attractive natural environments.

EAERE/2017: CO2 Compensation fees to support Welcommon Project arrow

WelcommonThe participants of EAERE2017 have donated almost 1900 Euro as CO2 Compensation fees. The Local Organising Committee has decided to support the development by Welcommon project of an Environmental Education Kit in English, Greek and Arabic, to be used to raise environmental consciousness among young refugee children and adolescents who have been displaced to Greece. Detailed project description is available here. The project is carried out in collaboration with the City of Athens.

EAERE/2017: Video, photo gallery, evaluation questionnaire, press releases and interviews arrow

Videos of plenary sessions
The videos of EAERE 2017 Plenary sessions are available here.


The photogallery of EAERE 2017 is available here.

Evaluation Questionnaire
The results of the evaluation questionnaire of EAERE 2017 are available here.

Press releases and interviews
The media "things"- the press releases, all interviews, and the announcement placed in Kathimerini newspaper - are available here.

EAERE/2017 Related Event: Advanced Policy Workshop on Sustainability and Resource Valuation arrow

Partha DasguptaThe Workshop was organized under the auspices of SDSN Greece  by the Political Economy of Sustainable Development Laboratory (PESD) of the Department of Economics of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in collaboration with the Athens University of Economics and Business (ReSEES Laboratory) and the International Center for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8). 

PESD and ICRE8 are the hosting institutions of SDSN-Greece.

The workshop took place on Wednesday 28th of June, at the historical premises of the Kostis Palamas building at the University of Athens, and brought together interdisciplinary participants including leading international experts, academics and practitioners from various scientific fields, with the aim to provide answers to the following question: How should one evaluate and manage natural resources over time and space in an uncertain world? 


EAERE/2017 Related Event: Spatial Dimensions of Stated Preferences, 28 June 2017arrow

This pre-conference workshop at EAERE 2017 in Athens directly followed and expanded upon the thematic session Willingness to pay in space: New insights into the spatial dimension of stated preferences, held at the 2016 EAERE conference in Zurich. It responded to queries and requests received in the original thematic session, and specifically the need for: (a) in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities related to spatial dimensions of stated preference design and modelling, and (b) a pioneering set of "best practice guidelines" for the treatment of space within stated preference valuation.
It engaged a variety of experts in different areas of stated preference design and modelling to address ongoing challenges related to the role of space in stated preference studies, and provide an opportunity for participants at all levels of experience to learn about methods to model and accommodate spatial dimensions of stated preferences.
Presentations and speeches are available here.

Research Highlights

2017 AERE Awards Program: Sir Partha Dasgupta appointed as Fellow of AERE arrow

Sir Partha Dasgupta, former EAERE president, has been appointed as Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). Instituted in 2005, the AERE Fellows Program recognizes outstanding contributions to the field by members of the association. The Awardees have demonstrated a significant contribution to the advancement of the profession of environmental and resource economics.


Official Launch of SDSN Greece - A Success! arrow

SDSN GreeceThe inauguration of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in Greece kicked off on September 6th, 2017 with a meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of the UN SDSN Global network. This was followed by an Executive Dinner of the Leadership Council of SDSN Greece, where the co-chairs of the network Prof. Phoebe Koundouri and Prof. Andreas Papandreouintroduced the prominent members of the Leadership Council of SDSN Greece to the distinguished guests of the wider SDSN Greece community. Guest of honor Prof. Sachs was the keynote speaker at the event and shared his inspiring reflections about sustainability and its connection to Greece’s rich and profound history.

Science for Disaster Risk Management 2017: Knowing better and losing less arrow


Best Climate Practice AwardThe 2017 edition of the ICCG “Best Climate Practices Award” aimed to showcase and promote actionable ideas and concrete projects to support communities in preparing and responding to climate disasters.

Low-income countries and small islands are the most endangered by climate change impacts, but local communities in both cities and rural areas are exposed to disaster risk in the richest and most developed countries as well. Environmental degradation and socioeconomic factors like poverty and urban population growth contribute to increase communities’ vulnerability to natural hazards.
For these reasons, the Best Climate Practices Observatory, a project launched by ICCG in 2012, chose to dedicate the 2017 edition of the Best Climate Practices Award (this year’s at its fifth edition) to the theme “Building resilience to climate disaster risk”.  The aim is to award and promote actionable ideas and concrete projects designed to support urban and rural communities in preparing and responding to climate disasters, improving local resilience, preparedness and recovery capacity.

Volvo Environment Prize 2018: Invitation to nominate arrow

Volvo Environment PrizePlease nominate for the Volvo Environment Prize 2018.

To be eligible for consideration, nominations must be submitted by January 10, 2018 at the latest. Nomination guidelines and nomination forms are available on the website.

Please fill out the on-line nomination form and attach additional files to the form.

The nominations should describe and explain the nominee’s main achievements and their importance.

The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation invites universities, research institutes, scientists and engineers as well as other individuals and organizations to submit nominations for the Volvo Environment Prize. The Prize consists of a diploma, a glass sculpture and the Laureate is awarded a prize of SEK 1.5 million. You will find more information regarding the Volvo Environment Prize and previous Laureates on the website www.environment-prize.com

News from the European Commission Funded Research

ENERGYA - ENERGY use for Adaptation arrow

Universiy Ca' Foscari of VeniceWe are used to thinking about energy as the main culprit behind climate change. Essentially because for almost two centuries we have been burning fossil fuels to provide cheap and abundant energy services.  But energy is also key to coping with the consequences of climate change.  We use for example air conditioning to adapt to heatwaves across all sectors of the economy.  Now, imagine the billions of people living on our planet in 2050 using energy to moderate harm from climate impacts on health, labour productivity, agriculture,  economic production.  More energy could mean more emissions and higher energy prices, with potentially negative consequences for poor households and economic competitiveness.  But how much energy will we need? Where could adaptation hotspots arise? Will increasing energy needs exacerbate poverty and hinder progress towards sustainability and decarbonization? ENERGYA, a ERC-Starting-Grant-funded project, has the ambition to tackle these questions by linking energy statistics and energy survey data with high spatial resolution data from climate science and remote sensing, and by applying dedicated economic modelling tools. The research will be conducted by a team of researchers at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and Fondazione CMCC, Italy, under the supervision of the principal investigator Enrica De Cian.

News from related institutions

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics: Supporting Environmental Economics networks arrow


Source: The Bejer Institute of Ecological Economics Annual Report 2016/2017, pag. 32-33

The Beijer Institute cooperates with four regional networks on environmental economics in Africa (CEEPA/RANESA), Asia (EEPSEA and SANDEE) and Latin America (LACEEP). These networks are striving to strengthen the local capacity for economic analysis of environmental problems and to conduct research on the interlinkages between economic development, poverty and environmental change, with the aim of providing sound advice to policy makers.


News from Related Journals

Opportunities for EAERE members: Special discounts arrow

A number of Journals and Publishers that offer discounts on journals subscriptions or publications to 2018 EAERE members.

Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE)

Online version: free subscription for EAERE members.
Paper version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members.
Year 2018: 93,53

review of environmental economics and policy Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP)

Online version: free subscription for EAERE members.

Paper version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members.
Year 2018: €15,00

Annual Reviews

Discount of 30% on all Annual Reviews publications for EAERE members


EAERE and Annual Reviews are committed to the advancement of research in environmental and resource economics, and are pleased to offer EAERE members a 30% discount on all Annual Reviews publications, including the following titles: 
Annual Review of Resource Economics,  
Annual Review of Environment and Resources
Annual Review of Economics

Annual Review of Financial Economics

International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics (IRERE)

Paper version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members
Year 2018:  € 65 + VAT or sales tax


Paper version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members
Year 2018: € 72 + VAT or sales tax

Paper version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members
Year 2018: € 84,00 + VAT or sales tax


Paper version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members
Year 2018: € 118 + VAT or sales tax


Paper version or electronic version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members
Year 2018: € 65 + VAT or sales tax

Electronic version: discounted subscription rate for EAERE members
Year 2018: € 114 + VAT or sales tax


Springer 40.0% discount on books published by Springer    
Reporting Back from Related Conferences

EAERE Supported Event: SURED 2018 - Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, 3-7 July 2018, Ascona (Switzerland) – CALL FOR PAPER arrow


ETH Zurich, in cooperation with partners from Tilburg University and University of East Anglia and with the support of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), host SURED - Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, a biannual conference on resource, energy, and sustainability economics. SURED 2018 will be held in Ascona (Switzerland) from 3 to 7 June 2018.

37th International Energy Workshop, Gothenburg (Sweden), 19–21 June 2018 arrow

FAEREThe 37th Edition of International Energy Workshop (IEW) will be hosted by Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 19–21, 2018. The call for paper is now open: visit the IEW website (http://www.internationalenergyworkshop.org/) for further information about the call and the submission process. The IEW is a leading conference for the international energy modelling community. In a world of environmental and economic constraints, energy modelling is an increasingly important tool for addressing the complexity of energy planning and policy making. The IEW provides a venue for scholars and researchers to compare quantitative energy projections, to understand the reasons for diverging views of future energy developments, and to observe new trends in global energy supply and demand.

EAERE Supported Event: 2nd IAERE School Input Output Analysis for Environmental and Resource Economics, Urbino (Italy), 26-29 September 2017 arrow

2nd IAERE schoolThe 2nd IAERE School on "Input Output Analysis for Environmental and Resource Economics", supported by EAERE, took place in Urbino (Italy) on the 26-29 September 2017. The school has been a very fruitful occasion to offer to the 27 participants, coming from 12 different countries, the basic tools to understand and use input output analysis with the aim of evaulating a variety of topics related to environmental and resource economics. The school combined theoretical and practical classes as well as examples of how input output analysis may be applied to the study of environment-related issues. The ancient city of Urbino, located on the Appenninis in the centre of Italy, welcomed all participants with its beautiful historical centre, its good food and its quite atmosphere.
In the light of the success of this second IAERE school, the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists is currently preparing the third school that we plan to lauch by February 2018.

Giovanni Marin, University of Urbino 'Carlo Bo' and Martina Sartori, University of Venice Ca' Foscari
co-organizers of the 2nd IAERE School

EAERE Supported Event: 19th ANNUAL BIOECON CONFERENCE Evidence-based environmental policies and the optimal management of natural resources – Aart de Zeeuw valedictory speech, Tilburg (Netherlands), 21-22 September 2017 arrow

International Energy Workshop, College Park

International Energy Workshop, College Park

BioeconThe 19th conference of the BIOdiversity and Economics for CONservation Network (BIOECON) took place between the 20th and 22nd of September at Tilburg University, The Netherlands. The conference was organised by Prof. Daan van Soest at Tilburg University, with the assistance of Kristel Suijs. The theme of the conference was "Evidence Based Environmental Policies and the Optimal Management of Natural Resources".


EAERE Supported Event: 4th FAERE Annual Conference, Nancy (France), 12-13 September 2017 arrow

FAEREThe LEF and BETA teams, led by Serge Garcia and Philippe Delacote, hosted the 4th FAERE annual conference in Nancy. The participants were about 120 for 82 papers presented and the organisation was as efficient as at previous conferences in Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux.

EAERE Supported Event: Summer School on "Using Discrete Choice Experiments for the Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Rural Landscapes", Vierraden (Germany), 3-9 September 2017 arrow

FAEREThe summer school “Using Discrete choice Experiments for the Economic Valuation of Ecosystem Services in Rural Landscapes” took place this September in Vierraden, Germany. It was organized by a group of researchers who regularly meet in a bi-monthly seminar series in Berlin – the Berlin DCE Colloquium.

From the press

A brief history of CO2 emissions. And what difference we can make for tomorrow's climate arrow

Animated short movie that PIK developed together with the Urban Complexity Lab at FHP.
The educational movie entitled "A brief history of CO2 emissions. And what difference we can make for tomorrow's climate" explains the 2 degree goal, the Paris Agreement, and the European and German climate policy goals for 2020. It is available in English and German. You can access it using the links below.
The movie is published under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives).

Youtube PIK:
- German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAfIe6Pqaec&feature=youtu.be
- English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ7S0D1iucY&feature=youtu.be
Vimeo FHP (Available for download here):
- German: https://vimeo.com/232538339
- English: https://vimeo.com/232557105
Project documentation FHP: https://uclab.fh-potsdam.de/projects/co2/

How many hurricanes must it take? arrow

Edward B. Barbierby Edward Barbier

First published as: Barbier, E. (2017), How many hurricanes must it take?, Triple Crisis, available at: http://triplecrisis.com/how-many-hurricanes-must-it-take/

In November 2013, I posted “Typhoon Haiyan and a Global Strategy for Protecting Coastal Populations” on Triple Crisis. I argued that:

“Given the scale and frequency of recent coastal disasters—Typhoon Haiyan, Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, and Rita, the Fukushima and Indian Ocean Tsunamis—it is time to develop a global strategy for protecting coastal populations. There should be two elements to this strategy: a short-run emergency response and investments in long-term global adaptation.”

I developed this theme further for a Perspectives article in Science, “A global strategy for protecting vulnerable coastal populations,” which was published in September 2014. In 2015, on the tenth anniversary of the US Gulf Coast disasters, I was asked by Nature to reflect on “Hurricane Katrina’s lessons for the world.” Once again, I called for coastal protection plans, similar to the Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, for the world’s most vulnerable people.

As I stated in the Nature article:

“The most vulnerable are poor, rural populations in developing countries that live less than 10 metres above sea level, in low elevation coastal zones (LECZs). In 2010, around 267 million people lived in the rural areas of LECZs. By 2100, the figure is projected to be 459 million.”

The recent devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria across the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas are yet another sober reminder that it is the poorest nations, regions and populations that are the most vulnerable to coastal disasters, and which need assistance in terms of immediate emergency response as well as long-term recovery efforts.

In the aftermath of an emergency, saving lives and providing relief to survivors is of paramount importance. Such a response depends on supplying the “Three Ts”: telecommunications, transport and tonnage. The failure to deliver an adequate response was evident in the post-disaster problems encountered in the Caribbean. Even the United States, with its vast federal resources for emergency relief, could not mobilize assistance quickly and sufficiently for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria. International relief efforts helped, but also faced logistical difficulties that depended on donations and charities—much of which were raised only after the disaster struck.

Sadly, such outcomes are likely to occur again and again across the world. Many island countries and low-lying coastal areas—especially where the vulnerable poor reside—are ill-prepared for the scale and intensity of damages from the direct hit of for hurricanes or other coastal disasters.

This does not have to be the case. In my 2014 Science article, I outlined what a two-tier global strategy for protecting vulnerable coastal populations could look like. The strategy is summarized in the figure below.

Barbier chart

The additional investment required is not expensive. For example, a global emergency task force that is well-equipped and capable of restoring telecommunications and transport and coordinating international and domestic relief support would need approximately $2 billion in initial funding and around $400 million in annual operating costs. An additional $600 million would finance a program to support long-term global adaptation in vulnerable coastal zones, which could also assist the development of coastal management and adaptation plans for many regions of the developing world.

Governments do not need to do this on their own. The global insurance and reinsurance industry also has a vested interest in coastal investment and protection plans. Industry insured losses for Hurricane Maria in the Caribbean will be between $40 billion and $85 billion, with Puerto Rico accounting for more than 85% of the damages. A study commissioned by Lloyds estimates that insurers have paid out over $200 billion in claims for damages due to coastal floods in the past 10 years. These losses could be dramatically reduced if the insurance industry invested in conservation of wetlands, such as mangroves and marsh, which provide natural protection against these risks. For example, as the study for Lloyds cites, marsh wetlands in the northeast United States saved more than $625 million in flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in 2012. As global flood losses are expected to rise from $6 billion annually in 2005 to an estimated $52 billion in 2050, the insurance industry has an incentive to finance coastal habitat conservation, which can be up to 30 times cheaper than investing in seawalls and other physical flood control infrastructure.

So, I ask the question again: How many more hurricanes must it take before the international community, including industries that have much to gain or lose from natural disasters, develop a global strategy for protecting vulnerable coastal populations?


Letters from Regions

[BELGIUM] 11th Belgian Environmental Economics Day arrow

pierre lasserre

We have just launched the call for papers for the 11th Belgian Environmental Economics Day. BEED will be organized on Thursday 1 February 2018 in Gent and the submission deadline is 10 December 2017. BEED is a one-day scientific meeting that offers an opportunity to researchers in the areas of environmental, resource and ecological economics in Belgium to present their work to all interested stakeholders (academics, public servants, consultants, students, …). Researchers who have the Belgian nationality or are affiliated to a Belgian research institution or consultancy firm are invited to submit recent research or policy papers in English, Dutch or French. More information can be found on the CEDON website: https://feb.kuleuven.be/research/sustainability/BEED. Sandra Rousseau, Belgium Country Representative

[DENMARK] Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment (MERE) Research Group arrow


The Management and Economics of Resources and the Environment (MERE) Research group at SEBE is co-organizing the following workshops, which will have calls for papers in the near future.
1. Present Energy Transitions: The multiple dimensions of energy scarcity and current risks; Oslo, NO. April, 2018.
2. Future Energy Transitions: resource efficient energy system from production to smarter networks and consumers; Tampere, FI, Fall, 2018.
The MERE group is also organizing an International ICES Workshop on Global ecological and economic connections in Arctic and sub-Arctic crab fisheries in Copenhagen, Dec 11-13, 2017. The workshop will focus on building multi-disciplinary research agendas exploring market conditions for the crab fisheries influenced by changing climatic and anthropogenic factors, and vice-versa. A follow-up meeting will occur in Fall, 2018 funded under the auspices of the University of the Arctic. Anyone with relevant specialization who is interested in participating should contact Prof. Brooks Kaiser, baka@sam.sdu.dk.
In conjunction with the Organization and Consumer Behaviors Group, the MERE group is organizing a workshop on the resource economics involved in Sustainable Arctic Tourism for Spring, 2018, in Finnmark, Norway. Anyone with relevant specialization who is interested in participating should contact Prof. Brooks Kaiser, baka@sam.sdu.dk or Prof. Chris Horbel, Horbel@sam.sdu.dk

Niels Vestergaard, Denmark Country Representative


[FRANCE] 8th thematic workshop of FAERE French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, November 30–December 1, 2017, ENS Paris-Saclay (Cachan) on "Environment and Health: An economic perspective" arrow


The 8th thematic workshop of FAERE was held at ENS Saclay (Cachan) on November 30 and December 1, 2017.
This interdisciplinary workshop was jointly organized by the French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (FAERE), the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Paris-Saclay, the CEMOTEV (UVSQ), Economie Publique (INRA-AgroParisTech), and Evry University.
This workshop aimed at bringing together different disciplines - including, but not limited to economics, sociology and life sciences – to discuss about environmental and health issues, as well as their interactions, with a particular focus the way economics addresses these issues.
The program consisted of oral presentations, which had undergone a selection procedure, as well as three invited talks. The keynote speakers were
- Pascal Boireau (Directeur du laboratoire de Santé animale, ANSES, France),
- Olivier Deschenes (Prof., Université de Californie, Santa Barbara, USA),
- Nicolas Treich (DR INRA, TSE-R, France).


[INDIA] Accounting for the Resource Curse arrow

Goa Foundation

Minerals are a shared inheritance. They are usually owned by governments in trust for the people and especially future generations. Mining is essentially the sale of the minerals. Royalty & other mineral receipts are therefore the consideration for the mineral. Since most minerals are depleting assets, mineral receipts are essentially capital receipts from the sale of our mineral inheritance. However, government accounting treats mineral receipts as revenue. This incentivises extraction, at lower and lower prices. More revenues are good, and the mineral depletion (economic rent) is not recognised in the government accounts.

[INDIA] India's new National Mineral Policy arrow

Goa Foundation

Earlier in August this year, the Supreme Court of India, after a discussion on intergenerational equity, directed the Government of India to review its national mineral policy. In earlier judgments, the Supreme Court has ruled that the intergenerational equity principle is a part of the right to life and is a fundamental part of the Constitution. It has ordered caps on extraction of minerals in specific areas on grounds of ensuring the availability of minerals to the future generations of those areas. It has also ordered caps in order to limit the environmental damage caused by extraction.

[ITALY] Sixth Annual Conference – Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), Turin (Italy), 15-16 February 2018 arrow

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IAERE is glad to announce its Sixth Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Turin on February 15th-16th, 2018.
As in previous editions, the 2018 IAERE Conference maintains a balanced interest on both theoretical and applied research, with a marked interest in policy implications.
Presentations both in English and in Italian will be possible, depending on the audience. Young researchers and PhD students who wish to attend are most welcome.

[ITALY] The role of technologies and energy scenarios towards decarbonization in Italy arrow

A national initiative from the Italian government that brought together several national public and private research institutions has reached a milestone with the organization of the event: “The role of technologies and energy scenarios towards decarbonization” for Italy on October 3rd at the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The event presented two publications that summarize the coordinated effort of many institutions from the Public Administration, Universities, Research Centres, firms and other Associations, consolidating the existing knowledge and expertise in an interactive and flexible way.  The first publication regards an Energy Technologies Inventory (Il Catalogo delle Tecnologie Energetiche.pdf) while the second publication presents Scenarios for Development of the National Energy System (Scenari di Sviluppo del Sistema Energetico Nazionale.pdf). Both publications are written in Italian and are available for download at the event website:
The event has been organized by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Sistema Nazionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente, Politecnico di Milano and Ricerca Sistema Energetico (RSE).

[SPAIN] VIII Congress of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERNA), Madrid, Spain, September 3-5, 2018 arrow

VIII Congress of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERNA), Madrid, Spain, September 3-5, 2018.

We are inviting original papers in all areas of environmental and natural resource economics for presentation at the VIII Congress of the Spanish-Portuguese Association of Resource and Environmental Economists (AERNA). The congress will be held in Madrid, Spain, from September 3 to September 5, 2018, and will be organized by the Institute for Public Goods and Policies (IPP) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in collaboration with the Spanish Association for Energy Economics (AEEE), the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) and the Complutense University of  Madrid (UCM).

Chair of the Local Organizing Committee: Alejandro Caparrós (CSIC-IPP)

Chairs of the Programme Committee: Francisco J. André (UCM) and Carmen Arguedas (UAM)

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: March 2, 2018. 
  • Acceptance/ Rejection Deadline: April 2, 2018.
  • Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018.
  • Programme Availability: July 2, 2018.
  • Conference: September 3-5, 2018.

Additional information will be posted soon at AERNA website, www.aerna.org

[UK] envecon 2018: Applied Environmental Economics Conference, London (UK), 9 March 2018 arrow

The UK Network of Environmental Economists (UKNEE) is pleased to announce that envecon 2018: Applied Environmental Economics Conference will take place on Friday 9th March 2018 at The Royal Society in London.

Dedline for long abstract submisison: 18th December 2017

Further info at: http://www.uknee.org.uk/envecon


Institutional Events and Deadlines

Annual Conferences


25-29 June 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden
6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists

Deadline for papers and thematic and policy sessions submissions: 31 Jan 2018

26 June 2019 - 29 June 2019 Manchester, UK
EAERE 24th Annual Conference

Outreach activities


28 January- 02 February 2018, Ascona, Switzerland
EAERE-ETH European Winter School "Uncertainty and Dynamics in Environmental Economic Modeling"

30 June - 6 July 2018, Venice, Italy

EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School "Climate Change Assessment: Economic Models and Evaluation Criteria"

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2018


Forthcoming EAERE Supported Events

15-16 February 2018, Turin, Italy
Sixth Annual Conference of Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

3-5 July 2018, Ascona, Switzerland
SURED 2018 - Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics
Deadline for paper submissions: 31 Jan 2018

Job Market

The European Job Market for Environmental and Resource Economists aims to offer the two sides of the market - institutions with open positions and candidates looking for a job - both a virtual and a physical place to meet and look for the best match. Candidates, universities, public and private institutions, and corporations are invited to apply to participate in the Job Market.

Candidates' profiles and information on open positions are posted in the EAERE website throughout the whole year. Check at EAERE Website > Job Market.


With over 700 participants from all over the world, EAERE Annual Conferences are an invaluable resource for individuals looking for new job opportunities and for institutions with vacant positions. Candidates participating at the Annual Conferences are invited to mark their papers as "job market paper" in the paper submission process. In order to easy the meeting between institutions and job market candidates, 'job market papers' will be listed at the end of the conference programme book distributed to conference participantys.


Events, Books, Journals, Educational Programmes, Web Resources

Information on events, booksjournalseducational programmes, useful links, policy resources, is available on the Association's website.

EAERE members are encouraged to post announcements of interest for the field.
It is sufficient to send an e-mail to eaere@eaere.org containing the information to be posted.
It is a great opportunity to let your news be known by a wide audience!

Institutional Members

Public and private institutions are invited to support the Association to further its aims by joining EAERE as Institutional Members. Incomes from institutional membership fees will be used exclusively and completely to further the aims of the Association. The Association reserves to institutional members a rich portfolio of benefits and different membershio options and prices.

Spread the word and invite other institutions to join!


Below the list of the 2017 Institutional Members: EAERE is most grateful for their support.