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DasguptaBy Sir Partha Dasgupta, EAERE President
Last year the big event for EAERE was the World Congress in Montreal. This year it was our annual Conference in Rome. My expectations, and I imagine yours too, were high. In the event they were more than fulfilled. Who can forget the venue for the Conference dinner or the utterly charming way the conference was managed by our hosts, Laura Castelluci and her colleagues?
In my previous letter to you I said that we should be especially proud of our journal Environmental and Resource Economics. It is the vehicle for our work. Ian Bateman's practice of inviting guests to edit symposia on novel themes has paid huge intellectual dividends. The journal's coverage is remarkably wide and exciting.
I also stressed that a key source of funds is our Membership Fee. Both individual and institutional memberships have privileges, which are tabled in the EAERE website. Moreover, when institutions become members, colleagues in other fields are able to access what our field amounts to.

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Barbara BuchnerBy Barbara Buchner, Newsletter Editor and EAERE Vice-President
Dear friends, Time has passed by quickly – this will be my last Newsletter as the Editor, as I will be stepping down from the Council after four wonderful years that showed me our community’s high dedication for environmental economics issues. When I accepted Thomas Sterner’s kind invitation to become the EAERE NL Editor my main goal for these four years was to bring the outstanding knowledge of the EAERE community closer to the policy process, given the increasing need for action on the ground to address issues that threaten our world’s sustainability. To achieve this goal, we have introduced several changes and new series to the Newsletter:

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A New Challenge for EAERE arrow2

FolmerBy Henk Folmer, EAERE First President and Honorary Member
EAERE was conceived in Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1987, September 10, around 10 p.m.. I was a newly appointed professor of general economics at Wageningen Agricultural University. However, because of the growing interest, the rector asked me to focus my research on environmental and resource economics. I was not familiar with the field. In fact, I didn’t know anything about it and was not really interested either. My main research area was econometrics, with applications in labor and regional economics. However, it was considered inappropriate to refuse a rector’s request. Fortunately, in 1986 I had attended a regional science conference in Umea, where I had met several environmental economists including Karl- Goeran Maler, Karl-Gustaf Lofgren, Per Olof Johansson and Ralph d’Arge. To make Wageningen visible, but especially to familiarize myself with the field, I considered organizing a conference on environmental policy.
To make sure that this was a good idea, I consulted some of the the above mentioned persons.

Elections: EAERE New Council Membersarrow2

EAERE members have recently elected three new members of the Association's Council:

Markandya GOeschl Koundouri
Anil Markandya
President-Elect
Timo Goeschl
Council Member
Phoebe Koundouri
Council Member

EAERE would like to thank all the candidates for participating in the elections and wishes the new president and the new council members every success. We would like to thank also all those members who took part in the elections.

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Thanks to Outgoing Council Members

Sterner Buchner Crepin
Thomas Sterner
Past-President
Barbara Buchner
Council Member
Anne-Sophie Crépin
Council Member

By Karine Nyborg, EAERE President-Elect
2011 is soon history – meaning that several members of EAERE’s Council will be reaching the end of their terms.
First and foremost, I would like to thank our outgoing President, Sir Partha Dasgupta, for his leadership during the past two years. Having such an extraordinarily respected and distinguished scholar as our main representative has been a privilege for EAERE; moreover, Partha’s enthusiasm and warm friendliness have made participating in EAERE Council meetings a true pleasure.

Luckily, although he is stepping down as President, Partha stays with the Council for two more years as our Past President. That means, however, that the current Past President, Thomas Sterner, will be leaving after six (!) years (two as President-Elect, two as President, and two as Past President). Thomas’ easy-going, sociable attitude is the very image of the great EAERE spirit; he will be greatly missed.
Finally, Barbara Buchner and Anne-Sophie Crepin are both stepping down after four years in the EAERE Council. Barbara is our current Vice President, and her efforts as Editor of the EAERE Newsletter will be hard to replace. Anne-Sophie and Barbara have each contributed to the Council’s work by means of their clear judgements, their knowledge of almost anyone you would like to know in the field, their time, effort, and friendliness.
On behalf of EAERE: Thank you all so much!

Karine Nyborg
University of Oslo
Norway

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Call for EAERE Individual Membership 2012 arrow2


EAERE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP


http://www.eaere.org/individual.html


We encourage members to renew their membership and keep supporting the Association to further its aims. As per previous years, EAERE is offering a rich portfolio of individual and collective benefits for members, making the return on a membership more valuable than ever:

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Call for EAERE Institutional Membership 2012 arrow2


EAERE INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

www.eaere.org/institutional.html

Public and private institutions are invited to support the Association to further its aims by joining EAERE as institutional members.

Institutional membership 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.

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Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics

Christian Gollier

The 2011 Erik Kempe Award has been conferred to Christian Gollier and Martin L. Weitzman for their study “How Should the Distant Future be Discounted when Discount Rates are Uncertain" published in Economics Letters 107, 250-253, 2010.
The traditional Erik Kempe Award Lecture was given by Christian Gollier at the University of Umeå, Sweden, on October 21st, 2011.
Further information and pictures of the awarding ceremony available at www.eaere.org/ek2011.html and www.facebook.com/EAERE


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EAERE ECHA Delegates - Call for expression of interest

ECHAEAERE is listed among ECHA’s (European Chemical Agency) stakeholders organizations.
The Agency, located in Helsinki, is the driving force among regulatory authorities in implementing the EU’s groundbreaking chemicals legislation for the benefit of human health and the environment as well as for innovation and competitiveness (more information at http://echa.europa.eu/home_en.asp)

In its capacity as ECHA Stakeholder, EAERE can nominate delegates who represent it and who will be invited to join some of ECHA’s activities, and in particular in the ECHA Socio Economic Analysis Committee. Those members who are interested in becoming EAERE representatives can send their application to eaere@eaere.org, explaining the reasons of their interest. Nominations will be evaluated by the EAERE Council. Should you need further information, do not hesitate to contact us at eaere@eaere.org

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EAERE 2011 Conference in Rome: an insiders’ report arrow2

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By Laura Castellucci, EAERE/2011 Local Organizing Commitee Chair
The experience of organizing an Annual Conference of our Association has been indeed “something” for me and Alessio D’Amato. Even to start the process with expression of interest was already a difficult decision to take for, on one hand, the challenge to produce an unforgettable conference in Italy and in particular in Rome, was pushing me forward but on the other, the uncertainty about my own ability to raise funds, as past conferences have always done, was pushing me backward. Thanks to Alessio’s optimism and to the declared support by the Chancellor of Tor Vergata University and the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, the decision was taken: alea iacta. According to my experience once such a decision is made, you feel you are really good at organizing the best possible conference and you only hope to be selected! Then when you get it……… you start worrying a lot indeed. All in all the hosting of the Conference was a serious job but it also gave us some emotional moments we never forget.

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Reflections on EAERE 2011 Rome arrow2

ConveryBy Frank Convery, EAERE Honorary President
Cities accumulate - wealth, people, ideas, culture, institutions, infrastructure and power. But very few cities do this to a degree and with a quality that makes them iconic. Rome is such a place, where the Etruscans, the Romans and then the leadership of the Catholic Church have provided an accumulation in such quantity and quality that it almost impossible for our generation to absorb and understand. And of course the Romans set the standard for our modern physical and social infrastructure. In one of the best lines in ‘Life of Brian’, a plotter in the People’s Front for Judea asks: ‘Apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us’?
And the mix of power and social and family intrigue that characterised Roman emperors continue to be sources of endless fascination Gore Vidal observed that: ‘Of the first 12 Roman emperors, only one was actively heterosexual’. It can seem that modern incumbents of the Italian leadership are single handedly trying to correct for this perceived imbalance.

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David Pearce Lecture Report: Auction theory in practice: the UK Carbon Dioxide auction arrow2

Maskin

By Anne-Sophie Crépin, EAERE Council Member
Eric Maskin, 2007 Laureate of the prize in Economics in the memory of Alfred Nobel, held the David Pearce lecture. He took us on a journey to discover the practical implications of the Kyoto protocol and how auction theory can help achieve it. How should United Kingdom policy regarding CO2 emissions by firms look like to comply with the Kyoto protocol? He asked.
Beside usual voluntary pledges by firms, which would not be sufficient and before using mandatory regulation which could be very costly politically, the authorities decided to go for the use of financial incentives. For that purpose they allocated a budget of 300 £, the goal being to achieve as much emission reduction as possible within this budget. Erik Maskin presented stepwise how the report he lead on the topic finally came up with a satisfying solution.
The answer to such challenge was to set up an auction to fulfill the goal. It was clear that none of the standard auction would do the job. They needed to design an auction where firms had incentives to make bids equal to costs. Second price (Vickrey) auction had such properties but needed to be modified to avoid wasting large parts of the budget.

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Keynote Lecture Report: Energy, the Environment and U.S. Economic Growth arrow2

Dale Jorgenson

By Catarina Roseta-Palma, EAERE Council Member
The keynote speech by Dale Jorgenson was entitled: Energy, Environment and U.S. Economic Growth. The speaker began by stressing the importance of energy in growth analysis, especially when climate policies are being discussed. He then summarized the steps involved in setting up a realistic model of the U.S. economy, highlighting the need to model both producer and consumer behavior and also the importance of empirical data. Essentially, the research builds upon detailed econometric modeling of producer behavior, considering a list of 35 sectors and including both price data and technology variables, and of consumer behavior, taking into account the consumption/leisure decision with human capital effects and using data on consumer expenditure, labor supply and price.
The econometric results are then used to construct an Intertemporal General Equilibrium Model with human capital accumulation and technological change, where the long-term economic impacts of climate policies can be assessed.

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Panel Plenary Session on Climate Change Report arrow2

By Thomas Sterner, EAERE Past-President
Under the skilled leadership of an experienced journalist, Marco Magnini, three prominent economists discussed the overall issue of Climate Change Richard J. Tol kicked off with a short presentation concerning: “How much should we care about Climate Change”. He said that although we must be cautious due to the small number of independent studies available, most of the estimates point to limited damages.

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EAERE/2011 Special and Policy Sessions arrow2

By Laura Castellucci, EAERE/2011 Local Organizing Committee Chair - University of Rome Tor Vergata

14 inspiring special sessions on quite different topics along with 2 Policy Sessions were held.

SPECIAL SESSIONS

1. Carbon-energy pricing in Europe and beyond (EEA)
Organised by European Environment Agency, Copenhagen.
Coordination: Stefan Speck and Mikael Skou Andersen

Ireland is the most recent country in Europe to have introduced a tax on CO2, while a range of other new and old EU member states have domestic tax mechanisms for pricing of carbon and energy in place – systems that complement the EU’s emissions trading scheme and the carbon price that follows from it. The co-existence of taxation and trading is a challenge and raises important theoretical and empirical questions for research.

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Special Session Report - CGE models and environment Iarrow2

By Karl Steininger, EAERE Austrian Country Representative
Multiregional CGE models can be applied for a variety of analyses – this session presented two applications on issues in mitigation, and two for adaptation. The session was complemented by an analysis of environmental accounting as a policy information tool.

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Special Session Report - Climate Change and Policy III arrow2

By Carolyn Fischer, Resources for the Future
Climate change is a global challenge that needs to be addressed together by many nations using a wide range of technologies and policy instruments. This session presented research advances regarding different aspects of this challenge, with papers focused on technology options, supplementary technology policies, the role of national interest groups in international agreements, and the design of unilateral policies in the absence of global agreements.

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Special Session Report - Economic analysis of risk management of hazardous chemical substances arrow2

By Matti Vainio, European Chemical Agency
ECHA organised with EAERE a Special session on Economic analysis of risk management of hazardous chemical substances in EAERE’s annual conference in Rome. The session had 30 participants which can be considered a very good participation rate given that this was the first time such a session was organised for chemicals. Encouraged by this, the plan is to organise a similar event in the EAERE 19 in Prague.

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Special Session Report - Environmentally Induced Migration arrow2

By Katrin Millock, University of Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
The Special Session centered on economic analysis testing the hypothesis that climate change will increase migration flows. The objective of the session was to discuss analytical work to assess the hypothesis of future flows of climate refugees. Andrea Milan of the United Nations University –Institute of Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) opened the session with a detailed review of existing research on environmentally induced migration. He discussed definitions of environmental migrants, the different dimensions of environmentally induced migration and the current state of the literature.

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Sixteenth Anniversary of the Berlin Mandate. For environmentalists, it is a sad eventarrow2

By Tomas Zylicz, EAERE Polish Country Representative
In 1995, at the first conference of parties, signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) agreed on the so-called 'Berlin Mandate'. It states that only Annex I countries shall take binding commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In other words, non-Annex I countries are not expected to take binding commitments. Until now this unfortunate agreement precludes taking any steps aimed at stabilizing and eventually reducing global carbon dioxide emissions.
 

Letter from Regions

Challenges and Initiatives in South Asia arrow2

MukhopadhyayPranab Mukhopadhyay, University of Goa and South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE)

The South Asian sub-continent houses a quarter of the world’s population and half the world’s poor. Fortune listed 55 billionaires of South Asian origin (in 2011) accounting for 4.5% of the global billionaires. The region therefore is a mixed bag as far as development indicators are concerned. Being a late starter on the growth turnpike, the region has seen a spurt towards economic prosperity only in the last two decades.
Per capita incomes have risen annually between 1.7% (in Pakistan) to 5.9% (in Maldives) in the period 1990-2009. If we compare the trajectory of growth in the two periods 1970-90 and 1990-2009, Nepal nearly doubled its per capita income growth rate from 1% (1970-90) to 1.9% (1990-2009). India, which hosts a billion plus population, has more than doubled its per capita income growth rate from 2.1% to 4.8% in the same period.

EU

Resource Productivity arrow2

By Stephen White, European Commission*
We depend on resources like metals, minerals, fuels, water, timber, fertile soil and clean air for our survival, and they all constitute vital inputs that keep our economy functioning. Resource efficiency means using the Earth's limited resources in a sustainable manner, within the planet's long-term boundaries. It increases aggregate economic value through more productive use of resources over their life cycle.

Research Funding: European Commission, 7th Framework Programme


Check the FP7 open calls at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/dc/index.cfm?fuseaction=UserSite.FP7CallsPage&rs

Policy Commentary

OECD Green Growth Strategy: A lens for examining growtharrow2

By Nathalie Girouard, Green Growth coordinator, OECD
In the face of pressing economic and environmental challenges, many governments are putting in place measures aimed at achieving more balanced and sustainable growth over the long term. The OECD is actively contributing to efforts to promote green growth as a new source of growth. The OECD was the first international organization to define the concept and to identify its policy implications. Two years of intensive cross-cutting work culminated in the launch of the Green Growth Strategy in May 2011. The Strategy is intended to be a long-term framework for expanding economic growth and job creation through the sustainable use of natural resources, efficiencies in the use of energy, and valuation of ecosystem services.

Essay

Addressing Criticisms of the European Union Emissions Trading Schemearrow2

By Frank Convery, University College Dublin and Denny Ellerman, European University Institute

Introduction
The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the largest transnational scheme ever created to address an environmental challenge. It is the also the most significant application of environmental economics the world has ever seen. As such, it inevitably is an inviting and legitimate target for criticism, of varying quality and coherence. It is a difficult phenomenon to critique, in that it keeps changing. Assessing EU ETS as it evolves has certain similarities with the work of scholars in any of 1533, 1536, 1537, 1540, 1542 or 1547 assessing the state and performance of Henry VIII’s marriage; by the time the opus is published, matters have moved on.

insitutional events

4-7 June 2012
Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics (SURED 2012), Ascona, Switzerland
Call For Papers - Deadline: January 31st, 2012
This event is supported by EAERE.


EAERE 2012

27-30 June, 2012
EAERE 19th Annual Conference, 27-30 June 2012, Prague, Czech Republic
Call for Papers - Deadline: February 1st, 2012


January-April 2012
PhD Courses in Courses in Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Three partial stipends of 1000 € each are available for EAERE members
This event is supported by EAERE.

Summer School

1-7 July, 2012
EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School, "Management of International Water", Venice, Italy
Call for applications - Deadline: February 1st, 2012

Job Mkt

job marketThe 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.

EAERE Job Market is a great opportunity for both candidates and institutions, don't miss the opportunity to arrange an interview at the EAERE Annual conference!
Visit the Candidates and the Open Positions pages.

annoucements

Events, Book, Journals, Educational Programmes, Web Resources

Announcements on events, booksjournalseducational programmes, web resources are available on the Association's website.

EAERE members are encouraged ro post announcements of interest for the field at no charge.
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!

Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy: call for papers arrow2

We are writing to tell you about a new journal that Taylor and Francis will be launching in March 2012. The Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy (JEEP) is a peer-reviewed journal publishing original papers on applications of economic theory and methods to the appraisal and evaluation of environmental issues, and to the economic evaluation of environmental policy.

EAERE Supporters and Institutional Members

EAERE Supporters

Valeria Costantini, Phoebe Koundouri, Wang Haiqin, Eugene Lopatin and Anastasios Xepapadeas are EAERE supporters throughout year 2011. EAERE supporters are those who get 2 or more new members to join EAERE.
EAERE is most grateful for their support.

EAERE Institutional Members 2011

FULL INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS

  • Basque Centre for Climate Change - BC3
  • Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics - CERE
  • Cyprus Universtiy of Technology - CUT-EMA
  • Frisch Centre
  • Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei - FEEM
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • TEN Center - Thematic Environemtnal Networks Venice International University
  • The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
  • Tilburg University Sustainability Center - TSC
  • Toulouse Sciences Economiques (INRA, Université Toulouse 1) - LERNA
  • VU University Amsterdam, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Department of Environmental Economics

UNIVERSITY INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS

  • Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne - CES
  • Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economis and Policy (IEFE) - University Bocconi
  • Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Catania (UNICT)
  • Centre inteuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative (CIREQ)
  • University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics, Environmental Economics Unit
  • University of Southern Denmark - SDU
  • Wageningen University
  • University of Geneva - SES-DSEC
  • Centre d'Etudes et de Recherchers sur le Developpment International - CERDI
  • UMR AMURE (Brest University-ifremer)
EAERE is most grateful for their support.