EAERE Newsletter Spring 2015

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Institutional Highlights

Presidential Correspondence arrow

Anil Markandya Anil Markandya, EAERE President

Dear Colleagues,

1. The Council membership is changing. My sincere thanks to departing members: Karine Nyborg (Past President), Timo Goeschl (who was Programme Co-Chair of WCERE/2014) and Phoebe Koundouri (who has been Vice-President, Newsletter Editor, and will be Organiser and Programme Co-Chair of EAERE/2017). At the same time I would like to welcome the new members, just elected. They are: Carlo Carraro, Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline and Astrid Dannenberg.


From the Editor arrow

Phoebe Kondouri Phoebe Koundouri, EAERE Vice-President and Newsletter Editor

Dear EAERE Friends and Colleagues,

This is my last issue as EAERE newsletter editor. I am writing with mixed feelings. The work of the editor is time consuming and entails the continuous challenge of having to identify what could make interesting news for a group of highly dynamic, intellectual people. I assure you, not an easy job! Throughout the last four years that I am editing our newsletter, I received immense help from Monica Eberle, EAERE secretariat, and her team, and un  unprovoked and unprecedented (so I am told) influx of contributions from you. I have learned a lot about the cutting edge developments in our association and the people who inspire them. I have understood the way these are transposed into influential academic and policy interventions. Thank you for putting up with me!


Elections 2015 - Results arrow

The election for the President-Elect and two new ordinary members of the Council started on September 2015 and finished on November 15th, 2015. 38,96% of the EAERE membership took part in the elections (11,6% more than in 2013).

President - Elect
Ordinary Council Members

Carlo Carraro
Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline
Astrid Dannenberg
Carlo Carraro
Mireille Chiroleu-Assouline
Astrid Dannenberg


2015 Annual General Assembly of Members – draft minutes arrow

The draft minutes of the last EAERE General Assembly of members held on June 27, 2015 in Helsinki are available online here.

The Report on EAERE prepared by Ian Bateman for the 2015 General Assembly of Members, is available here.


EAERE 2015 Awards arrow


The winners of the following awards were presented during the 21st EAERE Annual Conference:

- Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics:
Ralf MARTIN, Mirabelle MUÛLS, Laure B. DE PREUX, and Ulrich J. WAGNER, “Industry Compensation Under Relocation Risk: A Firm-Level Analysis of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme”, American Economic Review, 104 (8), 2482-2508, 2014. The Erik Kempe Lecture 2015 took place at the University of Umea on October 17th. (Presentation and pictures available here).

- Outstanding Publication in the Journal Environmental and Resource Economics, 2014:

Robert J. JOHNSTOM, Klaus MOELTNER (2014), “Meta-Modeling and Benefit Transfer: The Empirical Relevance of Source-Consistency in Welfare Measures”.

- Best Poster Award at EAERE Annual Conference:

Robin STITZING, Aalto University, "Welfare Effects and Environmental Impact of an Emissions Differentiated Car Sales Tax"


Further information on the awards is available at www.eaere.org/content/awards.


Editorial Update from Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), official journal of EAERE arrow

ERE Ian Bateman

The report to the EAERE General Assembly of Members of June 2015 prepared by Ian Bateman (ERE Editor-in-Chief) on the journal Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), official journal of EAERE, is available here.
It contains information on: the journal editorial objectives, submissions numbers that includes the growth in international submissions, the journal turnaround time, the most cited articles by subject area and by issue type, special issues citations and impact factor, the ISI impact factor for ERE, the Association of Business School's (ABS) Academic journals ranking, initiatives to boost citations, and the Editorial Board Changes 2014-2015. It is an interesting reading to the EAERE membership.


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

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy Carlo Carraro
Carlo Carraro, Editor-in-chief, REEP


An important and farsighted decision has recently been taken by EAERE and AERE. The board and council of the two associations have decided that the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) is now the official journal of both AERE and EAERE. According to the agreement, REEP will display the logo of both organizations in a balanced fashion, and an electronic subscription to REEP will be included in individual membership benefits for all AERE and EAERE members.

AERE and EAERE have also agreed to work with REEP’s Editors to increase international representation both on the journal’s Editorial Board and among its Editors in order to promote REEP as a truly international journal focused on environmental and resource economics and policy. At the same time, EAERE has committed to working with AERE to seek out funding opportunities to support the journal's mission. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the presidents of AERE and EAERE - Vic Adamowicz and Anil Markandya – and to their council, for this important achievement.


22nd EAERE Annual Conference, Zurich 22-25 June 2016 arrow

EAERE 2015

Important Deadlines
December 6, 2015: Deadline submissions for policy and thematic sessions
January 31, 2016: Deadline for paper submissions and deadline for travel grant application
March 31, 2016: Notification of acceptance of papers
April 29, 2016: Deadline for early registration and for Exibition's application
May 8, 2016: Deadline by which presenting authors must be registered for inclusion in the programme
June 5, 2016: Preliminary programme release
June 22-25, 2016: The EAERE/2016 Conference

Dear Participants,

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 22nd Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, organized by ETH Zurich. The historic main building of Einstein’s Alma Mater is located within walking distance of the city center and Old Town, close to a range of cultural attractions. Zurich, Switzerland’s biggest city, draws its unique charm from its proximity to the Alps, winding alleyways of the Old Town, trendy and vibrant areas, and promenades alongside Limmat River and Lake Zurich.


23rd EAERE Annual Conference, Athens 28 June – 1 July 2017 arrow

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Sir Partha Dasgupta and Phoebe Koundouri, in their capacity of co-chairs of the Programme Committee, invite you to participate to the 23rd EAERE Annual Conference to be held in Athens from June 28th to July 1st,2017.
Details on the Conference supporting institutions, Local Organizing Committee, keynote lectures, social events, conference venue andregistration fees are available here.


6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists – June/July 2018 - CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – Local Organising Committee and Congress Venue arrow

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Cees Withagen, Selection Committee Chair

Dear colleagues,

The joint world conference of EAERE, AERE and EAAERE is one of the main events for our Associations and the community of environmental economists. As the chairman of the selection committee I kindly invite you to submit a proposal to organize WCERE2018. I had the honor of organizing the Annual Meeting of EAERE in Amsterdam 2009. It was hard work, but I remember the great feeling all those involved in the organization had when the first guests arrived, and also when the participants left after a successful conference.

I will gladly answer your questions if you need more information.


Cees Withagen
VU University Amsterdam


EAERE-FEEM-VIU Summer School 2015 - Environmental Regulation arrow


Anthony Heyes, 2015 Summer School Coordinator

The 2015 EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School in resource and environmental economics took place from June 28 to July 4 at the VIU campus on the beautiful island of San Servolo in Venice - right in front of St. Mark’s Square.
The topic of the Summer School this time round was Environmental Regulation and participants presented their empirical and theoretical research on a variety of topics from tradable permits to green labeling to issues of enforcement and political economy.


EAERE-FEEM-VIU Summer School 2016 - Field Experiments in Environmental and Resource Economics arrow


Deadline: February 1, 2016

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 2016 Summer School will take place from June 26th to July 2nd 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 2016 Summer School is the Field Experiments in Environmental and Resource Economics.


EAERE supported event: Workshop on non-market valuation (WONV) arrow

20-21 June 2016
Location: Bordeaux, France
Deadline for submissions: 14th February 2016
Early bird submissions: Submissions are now open! All papers received before November 29, 2015 will be notified of acceptance/rejection by email by December 7, 2015


EAERE supported event: Valuing and Designing Payment Systems for Ecosystem Services arrow

21 - 22 June 2016 Zurich, Switzerland
The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics

Course description
Payment systems for ecosystem services (PES) have expanded rapidly in the decade since the publication of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Most PES systems pertain to regulating services, and they aim to create incentives to conserve ecosystems that are presumed to supply such services. Examples include watershed payment programs that are intended to improve water quality or reduce floods and droughts by conserving forests in upland regions. Despite the increasing popularity of PES systems, the value of the services that these systems actually supply in practice remains poorly understood, and the design of the systems faces a number of economic challenges that can impede their effectiveness.


21st EAERE Annual Conference, Helsinki 24-28 June 2015 arrow


We would like to thank the 276 participants at the EAERE/2015 (37,34% of the total participants) who kindly filled out the conference evaluation questionnaire. It was a 5-minute survey, evaluating the different aspects of the Conference. All survey questions were optional and the results were kept completely confidential. 
The feedback you provide helps us to continuously improve on all aspects of our Annual Conferences. 
The evaluation questionnaire results are available here.


Keynote lecture by Stephen Polasky on  "The Challenge of Valuing Natural Capital" arrow

Stephen Polasky

Stephen Polasky

The vast expansion of economic activity has transformed human society and the planet, with both beneficial and detrimental consequences. Average standards of living have increased simultaneous with declines in biodiversity, climate change, and environmental degradation in some areas.

This leads to the question whether rising standards of living are sustainable. Are we living well only by depleting natural capital with an inevitable decline in future well-being, or are we saving and investing in various forms of capital that more than offset any decline in natural capital? Answering this question requires assessing the value of natural capital, along with other forms of capital, to see whether “inclusive wealth,” the total value of capital assets, is increasing or decreasing.  One approach to addressing the sustainability question involves integrated economic-ecological models that track provision and value of ecosystem services through time. This approach generates information on the links between changes in ecosystems and changes in welfare but at present is not comprehensive. A second approach involves building from national wealth accounts to assess changes in the value of natural capital along with other forms of capital. This approach provides a comprehensive framing but currently lacks empirical estimates for virtually all non-market goods and services that constitute a large fraction of the value of ecosystem services and natural capital. This talk concludes with a set of challenges that remain in valuing natural capital to provide a more complete answer to the sustainable development question.

Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota


Policy session: “Climate policy co-benefits for public revenues and economic growth” arrow

Francesco BoselloFrancesco Bosello

As its consolidated habit and distinguishing feature, also the 2015 Annual Conference of the European Association of the Environmental and Resource Economists, hosted many interesting policy sessions. The one dedicated to: “Climate policy co-benefits for public revenues and economic growth” focused specifically on those advantages going beyond the strict improvement in environmental quality, that could derive from climate change policies.

In the first talk, prof. Ottmar Edenhofer stressed the potential higher efficiency and lower social burden in raising public revenues, entailed by carbon taxes compared with other forms of taxation, especially those on capital and labour. The intuition is the following. Suppose that a net fossil fuel importing country implements a carbon tax. The CO2 taxation raises domestic energy costs, but part of its burden eventually falls also on the exporting resource owner in terms of erosion of the scarcity rent. Differently, taxing capital or labour, in particular in the presence of international tax competition, may induce the migration of the two factors of production with loss of revenues. Furthermore, resources are not mobile. The only way to contrast the negative effect on rent, is to act on the extraction rate. And here we have the second nice result shown: the reaction of the resource owner is to decrease extraction to keep resource prices high enough. Therefore no green paradox is observed.


Policy Session: "Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Road Transport – Economics versus Policy?" arrow

Theodoros ZachariadisTheodoros Zachariadis

Road transport is still almost entirely dependent on petroleum products. Therefore, its radical decarbonization seems to lie many years ahead. At the same time, pledges to stabilize the world climate imply very substantial future reductions in carbon emissions. These require a serious decarbonization effort for road transport as well. Is this feasible? At what costs? With what combinations of policies – fuel economy / carbon emission standards, R&D incentives, carbon prices, inclusion in emissions trading schemes, vehicle taxes?

Economists often argue for efficient solutions and have demonstrated in numerous research papers that vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards, though environmentally effective, have been much more costly than an eventual fuel/carbon tax. Economic principles favour imposing equal marginal carbon abatement costs across all economic sectors; this often implies that decarbonization has to be much stronger in other sectors than in road transport.


Offsetting behavior at EAERE conference arrow

Stefano Carattini Alessandro Tavoni
Stefano Carattini and Alessandro Tavoni

Many environmental economists have analyzed the demand for carbon offsets to understand the willingness of individuals to engage in the private provision of a public good aimed at contributing to the mitigation of climate change. For several years now, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) has offered conference participants the possibility to offset the emissions linked with their travelling to the conference venue.

Little is known however on the determinants of environmental economists’ adoption of carbon offsetting behavior.  Previous research has shown that the environmental economists’ decision to offset does not depend on the default option given in the registration process, suggesting that environmental economists tend to have a set opinion on carbon offsets and do not react in the same way as lay people do1.

Research Highlights

Consumer Behaviour with Environmental and Social Externalities: Implications for Analysis and Policy arrow

Partha Dasgupta, Dale Southerton, Alistair Ulph and David Ulph

Most theoretical and econometric studies of demand for goods and supply of labour and the rates at which people discount changes to future goods and services, assume that people are egotists. However, a parallel literature in the social sciences has produced evidence that people’s preferences and values are socially embedded. In some dimensions we compete against one another, in others we want to belong. Our paper reviews and extends some of our recent research where an individual’s consumption has two externalities: it affects the consumption of other people and it affects the environment (1). In this note we briefly summarise our main results, and show that our analysis leads to some surprising environmental policy implications.


2015 Blue Planet Prize: Announcement of Prize Winners arrow

REFORM logoThis year marks the 24th awarding of the Blue Planet Prize, the international environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation, chaired by Kazuhiko Ishimura. Two Blue Planet Prizes are awarded to individuals or organizations each year that make outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application, and in so doing help to solve global environmental problems. The Board of Directors and Councillors selected the following recipients for this year.
1. Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta FBA FRS ( UK )
Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge
Professor Dasgupta’s pioneering work on welfare economics and environmental economics unified the concepts of intergenerational equity and sustainable development and pointed to their equivalence. He also pioneered the study of rural poverty in developing countries in the context of a deteriorating environmental resource base; and thereby brought together previously disparate fields: development economics and environmental economics. In a wide ranging book on human well-being and the natural environment he showed that the coin by which economic progress should be judged is a comprehensive measure of a nation’s wealth, and not GDP or the many ad hoc indicators of well-being in common use today. He has used those findings to develop an ideal system of national economic accounts, which is being implemented in India and several other countries. His lifelong aim of bringing nature seamlessly into economic reasoning has had a huge impact on contemporary thinking.
2. Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs ( USA )
Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Professor Sachs has an impressive record of helping economies to overcome economic crises and achieve sustainable development. He has furthered human equality by applying his interdisciplinary and innovative “clinical economics,” to resolve issues of governance, poverty, public health, education and the environment, helping to promote smallholder agriculture, social services, and economic development to overcome extreme poverty. As a scholar, practitioner and senior advisor to governments and the United Nations he continues to have an enormous impact on the world.
Both recipients will be awarded a certificate of merit, a commemorative trophy and a supplementary award of 50 million yen.
The awards ceremony will be held on October 14, 2015 (Wednesday) at the Palace Hotel Tokyo (Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo). The commemorative lectures by the prize recipients will be held at the United Nations University (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo) on October 15.

For more information click here.


Policy instruments for sustainable development - Inaugural speech at the Collège de France, October 22, 2015 by Thomas Sterner arrow

Thomas SternerGunnar Köhlin and Susanna Olai

Thomas Sterner, Professor of environmental economics at University of Gothenburg and past president of EAERE, was recently elected visiting professor of the Chair of Sustainable Development – Environment, Energy and Society at Collège de France, France’s most prestigious academic institution. His inagural speech on October 22 was a much appreciated introduction to his stay in Paris. It was given in French, of course, and addressed a large audience of outstanding French scientists.

Prof Sterner started his lectures by outlining the global challenges to a sustainable development that we need to address with our policy instruments: climate change, biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, as well as all other forms of pollution and overexploitation of natural resources. The bio-geochemical cycles for nitrogen, phosphorous and other vital elements are heavily disrupted.


FEEM’s participation in the Climate Week NYC 2015:  a focus on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - September 25-27, 2015, New York arrow

Isabella AlloisioIsabella Alloisio

The United Nations summit, aimed at adopting the development agenda for the next fifteen years, took place in New York on September 25-27. The meeting, held at the UN headquarters in New York, saw around 140 heads of state and government discuss and approve the new set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Table 1), which will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). By promoting sustainable and inclusive development, SDGs are the expression of a new vision of development able to foster economic goals while addressing the major societal and environmental challenges of our time.


Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality arrow

Nature and Wealth

Edward B. Barbier is the John S. Bugas Professor of Economics at the University of Wyoming.
Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality, Palgrave Macmillan, London is available at here.

Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si (Praise Be to You) has created headlines worldwide for identifying environmental destruction and global inequality as the “two evils” afflicting humanity today.
My latest book, Nature and Wealth: Overcoming Environmental Scarcity and Inequality published by Palgrave MacMillan, similarly argues that the world economy today is facing two major threats:

- increasing environmental degradation, and
- a growing gap between rich and poor.

Drawing on historical and contemporary evidence, I argue that these two threats are symptomatic of a growing structural imbalance in all economies, which is how nature is exploited to create wealth and how it is shared among the population.   The root of this imbalance is that natural capital is under-priced, and hence overly exploited, whereas human capital is insufficient to meet demand, thus encouraging wealth inequality.


Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime arrow

Towards a Workable and Effective Climate Regime Edited by: Scott Barrett, Carlo Carraro and Jaime de Melo

Publication of this eBook, incorporating 35 separate chapters, was timed to coincide with the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. As negotiators prepare for Paris, hopes are running high that a new climate agreement will be adopted. But these hopes are tempered by historical experience. For the past 25 years, countries have tried, and failed, to come up with a cooperative arrangement capable of putting the world on a path to limit climate change.

Will Paris be any different? It is too soon to tell, but it seems that Paris will at least provide a foundation upon which the world can build effective action. The new Paris Agreement – assuming one is adopted – will likely reaffirm the global goal of limiting climate change. It will probably create a platform for revealing the actions and targets that countries have pledged to undertake voluntarily. And it will likely track progress towards meeting the collective goal.

The big question is what all of this will add up to. As argued in this eBook, whether Paris ultimately succeeds will depend on whether it gets countries to establish an explicit or implicit carbon price, whether it supports a massive increase in energy R&D, whether it finances a transformation in the world’s energy system, and whether it helps the world’s most vulnerable countries and peoples to adapt. If Paris succeeds, 25 years from now, global emissions should be a lot lower than today, and trending further downwards.


How Spatial Relationships Influence Economic Preferences for Wind Power—A Review arrow

Lauren Knapp

An increasing number of studies in the environmental and resource economic literature suggest that preferences for changes or improvements in environmental amenities, from water quality to recreation, are spatially heterogeneous. One of these effects in particular, distance decay, suggests that respondents exhibit a higher willingness to pay (WTP) the closer they live to a proposed environmental improvement and vice versa. The importance of spatial effects cannot be underestimated. Several of these studies find significant biases in aggregate WTP values, and therefore social welfare, from models that disregard spatial factors. This relationship between spatial aspects and preferences, however, remains largely ignored in the non-market valuation literature applied to valuing preferences for renewable energy, generally, and wind power, specifically. To our knowledge, fourteen peer-reviewed studies have been conducted to estimate stated preferences (SP) for onshore and/or offshore wind development, yet less than half of those utilize any measure to account for the relationship between spatial effects and preferences. Fewer still undertake more robust measures that account for these spatially dependent relationships, such as via GIS, outside incorporating a single ‘distance’ attribute within the choice experiment (CE) referenda. This paper first reviews the methodologies of the SP wind valuation studies that have integrated measure(s) to account for spatial effects. We then categorize these effects into three dimensions—distance to a proposed wind project, distance to existing wind project(s), and cumulative effects—supporting each with a discussion of significant findings, including those found in the wind hedonic and acceptance literature. Policy implications that can be leveraged to maximize social welfare when siting future wind projects as well as recommendations for additional research to control for preference spatial heterogeneity in wind CEs are also posited.

Lauren Knapp, Jacob Ladenburg
Energies 2015, 8(6), 6177-6201; doi:10.3390/en8066177

Policy-Related Research

Natural Gas and Climate Change Policies arrow

Massimo Tavoni Massimo Tavoni

The development of unconventional gas extraction has led to significant declines in gas prices, recently followed by a large drop of oil prices. This is also the year which is supposed to deliver the long awaited post 2020 climate agreement. This article brings different pieces of research together, delving on both issues.  First, we review the regional implications of a possible agreement at the UNFCCC meeting in Paris. We assess the impact of abundant natural gas on climate change. Finally, we conclude with an analysis of the interplay of natural gas and climate policy in Europe.

Keywords: Natural Gas, Climate Change Policies
JEL classification: Q4, Q42, Q48, Q5, Q55, Q58
This article draws and in some cases reproduces parts of 3 previous co-authored papers: (McJeon et al. 2014; Tavoni et al. 2015; and especially Tavoni 2015).
Suggested citation: Tavoni, Massimo, Natural Gas and Climate Change Policies (May 5, 2015). Review of Environment, Energy and Economics (Re3), http://dx.doi.org/10.7711/feemre3.2015.05.001


Emerging Solutions to Drive Private Investment in Climate Resilience arrow

Chiara Trabacchi

Chiara Trabacchi

Keywords: Climate Finance; Climate Resilience; Adaptation; Private Adaptation; Infrastructure; Water; Agriculture;

Executive Summary
Climate change is expected to increase risks to businesses, infrastructure, assets and economies. Understanding how to involve the private sector in responding to these risks – or encouraging them to take advantage of the new business opportunities that may arise from changing climate conditions – is crucial to catalyze greater investment in activities that increase countries, businesses, and communities’ resilience.

News from the European Commission Funded Research

CD-LINKS, New project integrates climate and development research arrow

CD-links logo

A new grant from the European Union Horizon 2020 funding initiative links climate mitigation and adaptation policies with broader sustainable development questions at a global and regional level.

The new project, Linking Climate and Development Policies – Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS), will involve 16 institutions from 12 countries around the world. It aims explore the linkages between climate adaptation and sustainable development, exploring both how the problems feed into one another, and how well-designed policies can have benefits across multiple climate mitigation, adaptation, and development issues.

News from related institutions

Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (EVRI): Seeking your feedback arrow

Ann Cavlovic

Ann Cavlovic

Over the past decades, the volume of published literature on the economic value of ecological goods and services has significantly expanded, and environmental considerations are being increasingly integrated into policies and decision-making. One arising challenge for academic researchers, economists, and policy analysts is to quickly and efficiently find relevant references of valuation studies amidst the growing volume of available information. Jointly developed in the 1990s by the United States Environmental Protected Agency and Environment Canada and continuously expanded ever since, the Environmental Valuation Reference Inventory (www.evri.ca) is an online, searchable compendium containing classified summaries for over 4,000 valuation studies. These summaries provide detailed information about the study location, the specific environmental assets being valued, the methodological approaches and the estimated monetary values along with proper contextualization. EVRI’s primary objective is to facilitate literature review and the application of value transfer techniques for policy analysis and research. EVRI is currently available to residents of countries who make financial contributions to support the database (Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, New Zealand, U.K., U.S.), but we are actively investigating ways to broaden membership.

Environment Canada is looking forward to revamping the EVRI database interface and improving the website. In the meantime, we are interested in hearing your feedback on the website and how EVRI may have been used to support your research projects. Please contact us at evri@ec.gc.ca to share your experiences with EVRI, to share any comments or questions, or to suggest publications to be included into the database.

Ann Cavlovic

Chair of the EVRI Club


Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics annual report arrow

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The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics is an international research institute under the auspices of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Humanity is embedded in the Biosphere and shape it from local to global scales, from the past to the future. At the same time humanity is fundamentally dependent on the capacity of the biosphere to sustain development.

With this overall perspective, the major objectives of the Beijer Institute are to carry out research and stimulate cooperation to promote a deeper understanding of the interplay between ecological systems and social and economic development.

Cooperation efforts include collaborative research between economists and ecologists and related disciplines on fundamental and applied problems in relation to sustainability, as well as teaching and training on those issues nationally and internationally. The Beijer Institute's major activities are international research programmes, synthesis workshops, a broad set of research projects, teaching and training programs, dissemination of results, the science-policy interface and collaborative communication. At present Beijer Institute research is organised into five international programmes that comprise a diverse set of projects.


ICCG 2015 Best Climate Practices Contest on "Climate Change and Water Availability for Food Production" arrow

Best Climate Practices ContestAurora D'Aprile

It’s amazing when digital technologies and participatory processes combine to advance solutions to global challenges. At ICCG we experienced a small taste of such potential during the annual contest dedicated to bottom-up, innovative ideas to address climate change.

The ICCG Best Climate Practices contest (this year at its third edition) in 2015 focused on the theme “Climate Change and Water Availability for Food Production". It was launched in March 2015 and the evaluation process ended in October, with the winner project being presented at Expo Milano on October 23.


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Volvo Environment Prize

Please nominate for the Volvo Environment Prize 2016.

To be eligible for consideration, nominations must be submitted by January 10, 2016 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 submitnominations 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 previousLaureates on the website.

News from Related Journals

Call for Papers - Special Issue of Strategic Behavior and the Environment, “The Politics and Political Economy of Environmental Protection” arrow

Strategic Behavior and the Environment

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Strategic Behavior and the Environment
“The Politics and Political Economy of Environmental Protection”
Guest editor: Johannes Urpelainen
Environmental economists have developed a number of policy instruments that promise cost-effective environmental protection. In practice, however, governments often fail to use such policy instruments. Research in political science and political economy attributes the underwhelming adoption of effective and efficient policies, such as carbon taxes, to “politics.” However, the development and empirical testing of systematic theories about the politics of environmental policy is at the early stages. We still know relatively little about why some governments adopt relatively effective and efficient policies, while others either adopt no policy at all or choose ineffective and inefficient instruments.
For this special issue of Strategic Behavior and the Environment, we invite papers that investigate political obstacles to better environmental policies. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Effect of interest groups on national climate policy
  • Lobbying and green industrial policy
  • Green parties and market-based environmental policy
  • Partisan politics of renewable energy policy
  • Persistence of fossil fuel subsidies
  • Public opinion and air pollution regulations
  • Political competition and deforestation
  • Economic development and environmental policy
  • Politics and political economy of regulating extraction or pollution of any other natural resource
  • We welcome papers that aim for theoretical and empirical rigor, including:

  • Game-theoretic analysis in the political economy tradition
  • Quantitative tests of existing political science or political economy theories
  • New theories supported by systematic statistical evidence
  • Field experiments
  • Computational models

  • All appropriate papers will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the guidelines outlined on the website of Strategic Behavior (http://www.nowpublishers.com/SBE). Manuscripts should be submitted by March 1, 2016 through that website or directly to editorial@nowpublishers.com. Authors should indicate “Special Issue Environmental Political Economy” as article type, and also indicate in the cover letter that the manuscript should be considered for the special issue on “The Politics and Political Economy of Environmental Protection”.

    Reporting Back from Related Conferences

    EfD Energy workshop in Ethiopia - a first step towards sustainable energy transitions - June 1-2, 2015, Ethiopia arrow

    Karin Jonson

    Karin Jonson

    A workshop, titled ‘Sustainable energy transitions in low and middle-income countries: lessons for Ethiopia’ was organized by the EfD initiative in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia in June 2015. The aim of the workshop was to explore the potential for a new EfD research program on the drivers and impacts of energy transitions. There was a special focus on energy policy issues in Ethiopia; showcasing research on the topic by invited researchers  and discussion of future research topics in order to contribute to sustainable energy transitions in rapidly growing developing countries, such as Ethiopia.


    EAERE Supported Event: Workshop on Non-Market Valuation - June 22-23, 2015, Nancy arrow

    Serge Garcia

    Serge Garcia

    Third edition of the workshop on non-market valuation (WONV) in Nancy, 22-23rd June, 2015

    WONV is an annual international workshop organized since 2013.

    The main objectives of WONV are to provide a forum for dissemination of high quality papers in the field of non-market valuation and to create a network of people that will meet every year. Both theoretical and applied papers dealing with stated preference methods (e.g., contingent valuation, choice experiment) and revealed preference methods (e.g., travel cost method, hedonic pricing method) are presented. Empirical applications mainly deal with environmental and resource economics.


    David Pearce Memorial Workshop - September 10, 2015, London arrow

    David Pearce

    It is now ten years since the untimely death of David W. Pearce in September 2005. Pearce was one of the leading environmental economists of his time and his relentless drive to put environmental economics to good use sets to this day the standard for effective engagement with policy makers.

    A memorial workshop at the London School of Economics, hosted by Giles Atkinson (Dept of Geography and Environment) and Sam Fankhauser (Grantham Research Institute), brought together 50 of Pearce’s closest collaborators, students and friends.

    The workshop reviewed recent developments in environmental economics, discussed Pearce’s legacy and speculated what he would make of it today. It touched on many of topics to which Pearce has contributed and where his influence is still felt today:

    • the measurement of sustainable development (reviewed by Ian Johnson, Kirk Hamilton, Ed Barbier, Kate Brown and Kerry Turner)
    • valuation and project appraisal (Susana Mourato, Ian Bateman, Phoebe Koundouri, Anil Markandya and Dominic Moran)
    • climate change (Neil Adger, Snorre Kverndokk, Richard Tol, Ben Groom and David Maddison)
    • environmental policy (Ece Ozdemiroglou, David Simpson, Laure Ledoux, Andy Jordan, Danny McCoy and Michele Pittini)

    The event concluded with a public lecture by Scott Barrett, attended by over 150 people, on the international climate change negotiations and what environmental economics can teach us about the outcome of the Paris summit in December 2015.


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    Ben Groom and Andreas Kontoleon

    Dr. Ben Groom (LSE) and Dr Andreas Kontoleon (Cambridge Land Economy) co-hosted the 17th annual BIOECON conference on the economics of biodiversity conservation (13th – 15th September 2015). The conference was held at the majestic buildings of King's College Cambridge and was attended by over 120 delegates from academia and the policy world.
    The conference provided the opportunity to exchange information on the latest developments on the economics of biodiversity and conservation. The conference theme was “Experimental and Behavioural Economics and the Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services”.


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    Tinbergen InstituteThe Tinbergen Institute and the VU University Amsterdam are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the conference “Combating Climate Change – Lessons from Macroeconomics, Political Economy, and Public Finance” in April 2016. The conference will cover a wide range of topics in the area of Climate Change and Resource Economics.

    The conference is also designed to mark the completion of the ERC Advanced Grant “Political Economy of Green Paradoxes” directed by Rick van der Ploeg and Cees Withagen.

    The Scientific Committee of the conference invites submissions of scientific papers for presentation at the conference. Electronic copies should be send to secretariaat-ti@uva.nl no later than Friday January 1st, 2016. Acceptance of papers will be notified by e-mail on Monday February 1st, 2016. Conditional on acceptance, participation is free. There is a limited budget available to cover hotel and travel costs.


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    Call for Participants

    PhD students and early career researchers (first two years post-PhD) working on topics in environmental economics are invited to a 2-day workshop to be held at University of Ottawa. Applications are welcome from those based in economics departments, business schools, schools of public policy, etc. researching any aspect of environmental economics, environmental behavior, energy economics, climate change, green business or natural resource problems using theory, empirics or experimental methods.

    Each previous edition of the workshop has convened around 20 early-stage researchers from inside and outside Canada from institutions such as Yale, Queens, Amsterdam, UBC, Ottawa, Paris, Columbia, McGill, Berkeley, Alberta, Cornell, Oslo, Toronto, Vienna, Calgary, etc.

    Sessions are built around 30 minute presentations, giving participants the chance to expose their ideas and get feed-back from junior and senior scholars. Social time will give an excellent opportunity for participants to network, exchange ideas and experiences and get to know each other. The atmosphere will be informal and collegial.

    In addition to Ottawa-based faculty we have keynote guests Professor Roberton Williams III and Professor Charles Mason Both are distinguished environmental economists and are or have been involved in editing journals such as JEEM, European Economic Review, JAERE and Journal of Public Economics. They will provide feedback on presentations and lead ‘career-craft’ workshops – finding research topics, how to navigate the job market, manage the tenure process, get papers published etc.


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    The 12th Annual Meeting of the International Water Resource Economics Consortium (IWREC) will be hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC on September 11-13, 2016.   The overall theme of the meeting will be “Water Security in a Changing World.”

    Submissions of papers are now being accepted on the following topics:

    – Addressing the food-energy-health environment and water nexus
    – Assessing large- and small-scale irrigation investments
    – Moving toward integrated urban and basin management
    – Dealing with groundwater depletion
    – Ensuring environmental flows
    – Managing floods and droughts and their economy-wide impacts
    – Improving transboundary water management

    Within these topics, papers with a focus on economic growth and/or poverty linkages are encouraged.  Papers on other topics that fall under the theme of the meeting will also be considered.  The papers should be policy-oriented and analytically rigorous.

    The Annual Meeting will begin with a reception in the evening of September 11, 2016, and span over two days with 6-7 sessions and 1-2 panel discussions on September 12-13, 2016.

    Please visit http://www.worldbank.org/water/iwrec2016 for more information.


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    On November 16th, 2015, EAERE received from the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) an invitation to join in partnership as an Allied Society and organize sessions for their upcoming conferences:

    - Portland, Oregon, 29 June to 3 July 2016, with Presidential 
    Address by David Card.

    - Santiago, Chile, 3 to 6 January 2017 with keynote addresses by 
    Nobel Laureate Robert Engle, and 2016-17 WEAI President-Elect Orley 

    Letters from Regions

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    DDPPIsabella Alloisio, Alessandro Antimiani, Simone Borghesi, Enrica De Cian, Maria Gaeta, Chiara Martini, Ramiro Parrado, Maria Cristina Tommasino, Elena Verdolini, Maria Rosa Virdis

    This article draws from the Executive Summary of “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Italy”, the Italian Country Report which was published within the “Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP)”, an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). This report contributes to the national debate on climate-change mitigation, and the importance of deep decarbonization, by examining three alternative pathways that could reduce Italian CO2 emissions by at least 40% in 2030 and 80% in 2050, compared to 1990. The research for the Country Report for Italy “Pathways to deep decarbonization in Italy” was conducted jointly by teams at theItalian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM):
    See other useful links


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    IAERE Fourth Annual Conference - Call for Papers
    Deadline for paper submission: November 23rd, 2015
    Visit the conference website

    The IAERE Fourth Annual Conference will be held at the Department of Economics of the University of Bologna from 11 to 12 February 2016. The call for papers is open and submissions on all relevant topics related to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics are warmly invited.
    The 2016 conference will maintain a balanced interest on both theoretical and applied research; nonetheless it seems particularly important to emphasize/derive policy implications/guidance from the works thereby presented.
    Presentations both in English and Italian will be possible, depending on the audience. Young researchers and especially PhD students who wish to attend are most welcome.

    Extended abstracts (1.000‐1.500 words) or full papers should be submitted here by November 23rd 2015.
    Notification of paper acceptance is expected by January 8th 2016. Submitted papers are expected to be work in progress. Only .pdf files in English are accepted. All papers will undergo the regular peer review process. Each author can submit a maximum of two co-authored works (and/or a maximum of one paper if he/she is the only author), and in any case, can present only one paper.


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    Phoebe Koundouri, EAERE Country Representative, Greece

    Currently the Greek people are facing the 3rd loan agreement (memorandum), based on the same recipe used in the first two: European Partners and the IMF are lending us in order to avoid country bankruptcy and we promise to reform our economy. The first two memorandums (2008-2014) achieved an unprecedented fiscal adjustment, mainly through heavy taxation on employees, but no significant capturing of the black market, and definitely no structural reforms. The 3rd memorandum, amounting to 85 billions euros (a huge amount, approximately equal to half the Greek GDP) is our last chance to achieve this structural reforms. The challenge is huge and it reflects on the big probability that is currently assigned to the possibility of Grexit in 2016.

    Institutional Events and Deadlines

    22 - 25 June 2016, Zurich, Switzerland
    EAERE 22nd Annual Conference
    Deadline for thematic and policy sessions submissions: 6 December 2015
    Deadline for papers submissions: 31 January 2016
    Travel grants application deadline: January 31th, 2016

    26 June - 2 July 2016, Venice, Italy
    EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School: "Field Experiments in Environmental and Resource Economics"
    Deadline for applications: 1 February 2016

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

    2 - 8 July 2017, Venice, Italy
    EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School: "Macroeconomics of Climate Change"

    15 June 2018 - 15 July 2018 dates are indicative, tentative period
    6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists
    Call for Expressions of Interest – Local Organising Committee and Congress Venue
    Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2015

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

    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 http://www.eaere.org/job.

    Candidates and institutions that intend to physically participate in the Job Market by organising job interviews at the 22nd EAERE Annual Conference  are listed in the same page. Interviews must be organised by the participants in the market directly.

    A limited number of rooms situated within the Conference venue is available for Job Market interviews: institutions can book them. Rooms are allocated among the different institutions that apply on a first-come first-serve basis. Candidates pariticipating to EAERE's Annual Conference, can also mark their papers as "job market paper" in the paper submission process. The list of "job market papers" will be included in the Conference programme book, giving more visibility to candidates.


    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

    EAERE Institutional Members 2015

    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 are used exclusively and completely to further the aims of the Association. The Association reserves to institutional members a rich portfolio of benefits and different membership options and prices.
    Spread the word and invite other institutions to join us!



    EAERE is most grateful for their support.