EAERE Newsletter Spring 2015

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Institutional Highlights

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Anil Markandya Anil Markandya, EAERE President

Dear Members,
I imagine many of you are coming to the end of the teaching part of the academic year and looking forward to spending more time on your research as well as enjoying the summer weather. We have of course the EAERE meeting in Helsinki that is an important event in our 2015 calendar. Just to remind you in case you have forgotten, it is from June 24th to 27th. The organisers have put together a wonderful programme and I hope to see many of you there.
With the important COP meeting in Paris many of us are also engaged in the climate policy discussions and there is an important preparatory meeting in Paris on Our Common Future from July 7th to 10th. Perhaps some of you will there as well.
Other developments that deserve a mention are the enlargement of the set of organizations that will host the next World Congress in 2018 (we now have the East Asian Environment and Resource Economists on board), and some possible changes to the funding of the summer schools, which have been such a valuable contribution of EAERE to the young research community. These are under discussion at present and we will keep you informed as things are clarified.
Lastly do please come to the AGM in Helsinki on Saturday 27th June - 12.15-13:45. We promise to make it at least as interesting as usual!

Kind regards,
Anil Markandya
Basque Centre for Climate Change - BC3


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

Dear EAERE friends:

It is such an exciting time to be an environmental economist! As you All experience, our field is working hard to endeavoure theoretical, empirical, policy and interdisciplinary progress on potential sustainable modes of interaction between us, humans, and our ecosystem. EAERE Secretariat and I, have tried to produce a representative snapshot of these exciting developments. As I always emphasise, the newsletter would not have been possible without your enthusiastic support. I thank you for this.

Tradition says, we start with EAERE highlights. In the current Newsletter these include: Anil Markandya’s presidential correspondence, Frank Convery’s obituary for our beloved and leading member Klaus Conrad, Ian Bateman’s editorial update on ERE, a series of announcements on our future conferences and convocation, and an interesting contribution from Valentina Bosetti on EAERE and gender issues.


Obituary - Klaus Conrad 1940-2015 arrow

Klaus Conrad Frank Convery, EAERE Honorary President

Living is about dealing successfully with constraints – knowing which are critical, and acting accordingly. One thinks of the brilliant insight of German chemist Justus von Liebig (1803-1873) and his Law of the Minimum – “by the deficiency or absence of one necessary constituent, all others being present, the soil is rendered barren for all those crops to the life of which that one constituent is indispensable.”

Klaus Conrad was President of EAERE (2002-2003) at a time when it grew from a cottage start up to a mature and relatively large organisation. The “one necessary constituent” for continuing successful development was professional organisation. Klaus and the Council which he led recognised this limitation, and took the step, radical at the time, to provide and fund this ingredient; FEEM, in the person of Monica Eberle, were taken on to provide the indispensable ingredient. As the next President (2004-2005) I was the grateful beneficiary of this inspired decision.

Dante compared death to a ship lowering its sails as it enters harbour. Klaus has lowered his sails. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Ute and his two sons Moritz and Felix.

Frank Convery
Environmental Defense Found, USA
University College Dublin, Ireland


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

ERE Ian Bateman
Ian Bateman, EAERE Editor-in-Chief

The Editorial Board are very pleased to announce that Professor Sheila M. Olmstead of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has agreed to join the Board. Sheila is an expert in the applied microeconomics of the environment specialising in policy and program evaluation using experimental and quasi-experimental methods. We look forward to working with her.

A sub-committee of the Board comprising Hassan Benchekroun, Christian Vossler and Ian Bateman have over the past few weeks been working their way through all of the papers published in the journal during the previous year to produce recommendations for the EAERE Award for the Best Paper Published in ERE 2014. Recommendations have now been passed to the Association and the final decision and award will be announced at the Association’s Annual Conference in Helsinki this coming June.


Welcome to the 21st Annual EAERE Conference in Helsinki June 24–27, 2015 arrow

EAERE 2015

Dear friends and colleagues,

Everything is ready for the 21st Annual EAERE Conference. Plenaries, contributed papers, thematic and policy sessions will provide an inspiring highlight of the current research in environmental and resource economics. The most popular topics of this conference include climate change, natural resources, valuation of environmental benefits, energy issues, emissions trading and water economics. Traditional topics of environmental taxes and instruments, economic growth, game theory and discounting are strongly present. And new topics, such as behavioral and experimental economics, ethics and economics, gender, health and pollution, are entering in increasing numbers.


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

EAERE 2016


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

Logo ICRE8

EAERE announces that the evaluation process of the applications received for the Conference Venue and Local Organising Committee for the 23rd EAERE Annual Conference, to be held in 2017, has terminated.

The EAERE Council has selected the proposal submitted by the International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy (ICRE8), with the support of Athena Research and Innovation Center (ATHENA) and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), which therefore becomes officially the hosting institution of the 23rd EAERE Annual Conference.
The Conference will be held from June 28th to July 1st, 2017, with Phoebe Koundouri leading the Local Organisation Committee.

EAERE would like to express its appreciation for the proposals received from:
- the University of Oslo and its associated centers,
- the University of Manchester's School of Social Sciences and the City of Manchester,
- Ca' Foscari University of Venice, in cooperation with Venezia Congressi srl.
The EAERE Council judged all them outstanding candidatures and invited candidates to organise the Association's Annual Conference in subsequent years. Our membership will be kept informed with the outcome of these negotiations.


Award for Outstanding Publication in ERE in year 2013arrow

Simon Dietzietz

The EAERE Award for Outstanding Publication in the Journal Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), recognizes exemplary research published in ERE during the past year. The Award is given annually and announced at the EAERE Annual Conference. 

The Nominating committee comprised of Ian Bateman (chair), Hassan Benchekroun and Christian Vossler came to a unanimous decision regarding the paper which they recommend for this award in year 2014:

Antony Millner, Simon Dietz and Geoffrey Heal (2013) “Scientific Ambiguity and Climate Policy”, Environmental and Resource Economics, Volume 55, Issue 1, Pages 21-46 (published May 2013). DOI 10.1007/s10640-012-9612-0.

This is a paper which considers the challenge of decision making where uncertainty is of a quality somewhat incompatible with standard expected utility theory. Their consideration of the role of ambiguity aversion provides an important and we expect long-lasting contribution to the literature.


2015 Annual General Assembly of members - convocation arrow

Dear EAERE Member,

you are invited to join us for our 2015 Annual General Assembly of members convened as follows:

First convocation:
June 22nd, 2015, from 9.00 to 10.15
EAERE Headquarters
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, 8
Venice, Italy
Second convocation:
June 27th, 2015, from 12.15 to 13.45
Main Building, University of Helsinki
Fabianinkatu 33, 00014 Helsinki, Finland 

Please find the proposed agenda below.

In case you are not able to attend, please remember that every member can authorize in writing another member to represent him/her at the General Assembly: a proxy template is available below. This will help us for quorum purposes. No member, however, can represent more than two other members.

Looking forward to seeing you in Finland!

Prof. Anil Markandya
EAERE President
May 12th, 2015


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Valentina BosettiValentina Bosetti, EAERE Council Member

There is something reassuring in numbers as they give a sense of objectiveness to thoughts and ideas that would otherwise seem driven by passions and emotions. True, numbers can be massaged to tell different stories. But there are instances, like those presented in Figure 1, where it does not require a PhD in statistics to see a pattern.
Note that the AERE conference has, so far, only had male keynote speakers.
So I have two questions for our EAERE newsletter readers.

The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011) and Follow-On Project (2014) arrow

R.K. TurnerR.K. Turner

The UK NEA was begun in 2009 sponsored by the UK government, the devolved administrations and research councils, with the Synthesis of Key Findings and full Technical Report being published in 2011 (UKNEA 2011). The Assessment’s central conclusion was that although nature and its constituent ecosystems and services are critically important to economic development and social wellbeing, they have been consistently undervalued by decision makers. In the UK, expert judgement indicates that across aquatic and terrestrial habitats, approximately 30% of ecosystem services are in a reduced or degraded state. This state of affairs serves to inhibit progress towards a more sustainable future development path. The NEA Follow-On Project begun in 2012 sought to build on the findings of the 2011 report and in particular to put the ecosystem services approach into the mainstream of policymaking (UKNEAFO 2014). The Follow-0n work has served to broaden our understanding of the types of ecosystem services and their supply, together with their value in monetary and non-monetary terms. It has also provided a toolbox of policy relevant methods and techniques to apply the ecosystem services approach in practice. Finally, it set out some guidance on a natural capital asset check procedure to complement the work of the Government’s Natural Capital Committee aimed at greening the National Accounts and/or the construction of national environmental accounts. (Natural Capital Committee, 2014). It identifies parameters such as the properties of an asset, the services it provides and relevant metrics, to guide the structure of ecosystem accounts.


The Climate Change Talks in Lima arrow

Anil MarkandyaAnil Markandya, EAERE President

As an observer to the meeting of the Conference of Parties the overwhelming feelings one has is the range of NGOs and other groups who have something to say on the subject and who are actively involved in actions to reduce emissions and help groups to adapt to climate variability.  Of course observers do not participate in the negotiations but you get a feeling for what is going on by talking to the delegates.  My sense from the conversations I had was that there is still a wide gap between the developed and developing countries on what a future agreement should consist of and what should be the contributions of the different countries.


A Profitable Solution to Climate Changearrow

Graciela ChichilniskyGraciela Chichilnisky

Can we make CO2 mitigation and reductions a highly profitable endeavor? The most effective way to achieve meaningful change is to offer a compelling economic reason to do so. Even one of the world’s most serious threats—climate change—is no exception to this rule. This is in fact Global Thermostat's business model.

The global market for CO2—for food and beverages, for industrial gases, for enhanced oil recovery and to produce synthetic fuels—is huge, about $1 trillion today. There is an enormous commercial opportunity to sell CO2, requiring no regulation. For this we need to take CO2 from air at low cost. This is exactly what Global Thermostat (GT) does. GT transforms the world's most dangerous pollutant into a profitable asset while cleaning the atmosphere.

Research Highlights

Prestigious Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year 2014 to Thomas Sterner arrow

Thomas SternerKarin Backteman

This article was published at economics.handels.gu.se on November 5th, 2014

"Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg, and Chair of EfD Research Committee, is awarded the Think Tank Green Budget Europe's prize of "Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year 2014" in recognition of his important contribution to the advancement of Environmental Fiscal Reforms in his professional career i.a. through his work on the distributive effects of fuel taxes.


Sterner will receive the award today 5 November 2014 at the Norway House in Brussels. The Awards Ceremony will close the Green Budget Europe Annual Conference which will bring together around 100 key experts on Environmental Fiscal Reform.


Third Convention of CMCC and FEEM Research Divisions on Climate Change and Sustainable Development arrow

CMCC and FEEM Convention 2014Each year in fall, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) and the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) organise their yearly Convention. This is the occasion for researchers from different fields and premises to meet, compare results, discuss further refinements of their own research or plan future publications on climate change and sustainable development.

The Convention always sees the attendance and active participation of important external scholars to gather their input and feedback on FEEM and CMCC research presented during the event. In 2014 the Convention was held on November 24th-26th, in Venice. Keynote speakers were Lucas Bretschger, Phoebe Koundouri, Anastasios Xepapadeas and Barbara Buchner. For a summary of the topics they addressed during their keynote lectures, check out the video published in the on-line journal Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3 available here. The event agenda is available here


The management of multilateral negotiations: lessons from UN climate negotiations arrow

Kai MonheimKai Monheim

Headline issue

The 2009 Conference of Parties (COP 15) in Copenhagen, which aimed to deliver a first-ever comprehensive global climate deal, ended without agreement in part because of poor management of the negotiations by the Danish host and the UNFCCC Secretariat. Significantly altered management practices a year later at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico, were a major factor in an agreement being reached. This policy paper looks at how negotiations management can contribute to successful negotiation outcomes by analysing evidence from 55 confidential interviews with senior negotiators from all coalitions involved in the UNFCCC process, high-level UN officials, lead host organisers and summit observers.


Handbook on the Economics and Management for Sustainable Oceans arrow

edited by Lisa E. Svensson, Paulo A.L.D Nunes, Pushpam Kumar and Anil Markandya, Elgar Elgar Publishing, UK - official launch at the United Nations Environmental Assembly, UNEP Headquarters, UN Offices in Naironi, 23-27 May 2016

“How can use of the oceans be regulated? How can the damage inflicted upon them be prevented? How can we promote more responsible and sustainable practices? In short, how can our civilization and the seas on which it depends co-exist harmoniously?” (H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Presidential Residence, Cascais, June 3, 2013). A reply is fundamental so as to ensure the sustainability of our oceans as well as the wellbeing of our future generations. In this context, the Handbook will bring together a series of contributions from different disciplines, and in different cultural settings, but all characterized by a common denominator: the sustainable use of the world’s oceans lies at the nexus of robust science, comprehensive and inclusive economic valuation, flexible legislation and adaptive management. Therefore, the Handbook will focus on the science-society and science-policy interfaces with a particular focus on the role, and contribution, of high-level policy makers, governmental agencies, the corporate sector towards, and civil society in general with respect to sustainable management of Oceans. A carefully selected fresh set of thirty-free contributions from the acknowledged experts of the subject, this volume attempts to address the new concepts and its application, identifies knowledge gaps and provides authoritative policy recommendations in the domain of governance of the oceans in adequate breadth and relevance. Because of its inter-disciplinarity and relevance on Oceans management and policy, its scope and its breadth, the Handbook is to become the reference book for a wide public of professionally interested readers, including: policy-makers (at regional, national, and local levels), academics, and students.


Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions arrow

edited by Kimberly Burnett, Richard Howitt, James A. Roumasset, Christopher A. Wada

Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions Growing scarcity of freshwater worldwide brings to light the need for sound water resource modeling and policy analysis. While a solid foundation has been established for many specific water management problems, combining those methods and principles in a unified framework remains an ongoing challenge. In their recently (Spring 2015) released “Routledge Handbook of Water Economics and Institutions”, editors Kimberly Burnett, Richard Howitt, James Roumasset and Christopher Wada aim to improve water management practice by formulating and applying a set of principles for efficient use over time and space, as well as integrating demand-management with supply-side substitutes. The Handbook consists of 23 chapters by internationally-established authors covering a wide variety of topics including private behavior and regulatory design, institutions and information, as well as water markets and institutions around the world.

Policy-Related news fron European Commission

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Gerardus KlaassenGerardus Klaassen

EU climate policy finally explained
The EU has been the region of the world where the most climate policies have been implemented, and where practical policy experimentation in the field of the environment and climate change has been taking place at a rapid pace over the last twenty five years. This has led to considerable success in reducing pollution, decoupling emissions from economic growth and fostering global technological leadership.

News from the European Commission Founded Research

REFORM - REstoring rivers FOR effective catchment Management arrow

REFORM logoThe overall aim of REFORM is to provide a framework for improving the success of hydromorphological restoration measures to reach, in a cost-effective manner, target ecological status or potential of rivers.

Success is defined as being hydromorphologically sustainable, ecologically effective, and exploiting the full potential within the socio-economic setting.



OpenAIRE - Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe arrow

OpenAIRE logoOpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is an online platform that supports Open Access (OA) to EC-funded scientific information and research output. OpenAIRE connects institutional and thematic repositories, Open Access journals and Current Research Information Systems (CRIS), developing and promoting interoperability mechanisms for the efficient dissemination of scientific content, and monitoring uptake of funders’ OA policies.

Recently, Athens University of Economics and Business did a sustainability study funded by the OpenAIRE Plus Project, under the supervision of Prof. Phoebe Koundouri, applying a choice experiment and a Cost Benefit Analysis was commissioned in order to assess the economic sustainability of the OpenAIRE project.


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ENTRACTE logoENTRACTE project releases animated short film

Preventing dangerous climate change is one of the top priorities of the European Union. Europe is working hard to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and to help fighting climate change.

The EU research project ‘Economic iNsTRuments to Achieve Climate Targets in Europe (ENTRACTE)’ aims at identifying a feasible climate policy mix to achieve long-term greenhouse gas reduction targets in Europe. The project assesses the EU's climate portfolio paying special attention to the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) and its interaction with additional policy instruments.

The ENTRACTE consortium has produced an animated short film to provide the public with a better understanding of its research work and raising awareness on the topic. The ENTRACTE film is now available on the project website: www.entracte-project.eu/film.

Responsible for the concept and implementation of the film was the ENTRACTE partner Eurice in cooperation with the coordinating institution ZEW and the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Institute for Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

MERMAID LogoInnovative Multi-Purpose Offshore Platforms: planning, design and operation (MERMAID)
The MERMAID project releases documentary Innovative Multi-Purpose Off-Shore Platforms, Planning Design and Operation. The MERMAID documentary movie has been released. Both a 3-minute trailer and full version are available.

News from Related Institutions

Public Lecture Announcement, "Why are we waiting? The logic, urgency and promise of tackling climate change" arrow

Speaker: Prof. Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor and Chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment
Time & Date: 6.30pm - 8pm, Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Venue: London School of Economics and Political Science, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London, WC2A 3LJ

The Grantham Research Institute, in collaboration with the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), invites you to attend our upcoming public lecture featuring Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor, Chair of the Grantham Research Institue on Climate Change and the Environment, and President of the British Academy.
For further details of this event please click here


ICCG looking for innovative ideas to address climate change, food production and water arrow

Contest 2015Aurora D'Aprile

I am pleased to point out to EAERE members and to the readers of EAERE newsletter the ongoing contest for practices organized by the International Center for Climate Governance under the theme “Climate Change and Water Availability for Food Production”. The call for proposals was launched in March and it is open for submissions until July 10.
The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) is a think tank active in the field of climate policy design and governance. Based in Venice, Italy, the ICCG was established jointly by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change. Among ICCG activities, the Best Climate Practices is the  observatory dedicated to practical projects and initiatives for tackling climate change that deserve attention for their originality and effectiveness.

News from Related Journals

Environment and Development Economics arrow

Environment and Development Economics - EDE Anastasios Xepapadeas and Eswaran Somanathan

The dual objectives of Environment and Development Economics, since its inception in 1995, have been the publication of high quality research in the area of environment and development but also the promotion of capacity building in this field in the developing world. Over the last twenty years, the journal has passed through the developmental stages of a journal and addressed these objectives with resounding success.

Annual submissions of manuscripts to the journal have risen from around 50 papers in 1995 to over 200 at present, after two decades in a competitive environment characterized by an ever increasing number of related journals. The growth of submissions over these twenty years from the regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America has been remarkable, signaling the journal’s penetration into the areas that constitute its primary focus. Furthermore, the current ratio between published papers originating from the developed world and those originating from the developing world is approximately 50-50, providing further evidence of the capacity-building contribution of the journal.


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Water Resources Economics Roy Brouwer

In 2015, the journal Water Resources and Economics enters its third consecutive year. Four issues were published again in the journal’s second year, including a special issue on the economics of transboundary water resources management. Articles in the regular issues in the second year covered a broad range of water management issues, varying from hydro-economic modelling of climate adaptation impacts at national (South Africa) and regional scale (Murray-Darlin Basin in Australia) to identifying spatially optimal policy measures to reduce nutrient loads in the Odense Fjord in Denmark, urban growth and water demand in the US, water pricing reform in Lima and Sydney, full cost accounting of irrigation water use in the Pinios river basin in Greece, and experimental valuation of water resources in integrated water accounts. In the first issue in 2015 the focus of the included articles is largely on water use efficiency and policy reform in agriculture and public water supply.


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Journal Ecosystem ServicesPaulo A.L.D. Nunes

Special Issue on: Marine economics and policy related to ecosystem services: Lessons from the world's regional seas, Volume 11, February 2015 (Guest Editors: Paulo A.L.D. Nunes and John Gowdy)

Marine resources are critical for the health of the world's economies and the health of the planet. Yet the world's oceans face a variety of human-caused threats including acidification, climate change, the destructive modification of coastal wetlands, and overharvesting of species. Economists, and policy makers, need more proactive approaches to sustainable management of marine resources, going well beyond the use of traditional economic tools based on correcting market failures. In this context, the fifteen selected papers employ a range of approaches, with a strong interdisciplinary focus, and draw on extensive experience of the authors, who have worked in the area of marine economics and policy related to ecosystem services, exploring their input and lessons from the world's regional seas. The Special Issue contains studies on coastal and marine environments in Northern Spain, Mediterranean Sea, Latin America and the Caribbean Seas, Golf of USA, Zanzibar, Japan and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. In this context, the Special Issue provides a stimulating discussion of these issues and should be of interest to a wide range of readers, including policy makers, economists, and conservationists as well as development specialists.

Paulo A.L.D. Nunes
Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


Applied Energy arrow

Applied Energy Call for Papers - Special Issue on "Toward a Green Energy Economy: Choosing and Assessing Policy Options Targeting Low-Carbon Energy Systems”

The global financial crisis led to numerous high-level meetings and policy discourses aimed to reinvigorate the economic system toward a path much less damaging to the environment and society. As a result, numerous recovery strategies and fiscal stimulus packages were implemented in several countries around the world. These policy initiatives were portrayed as significant efforts for transitioning to a green economy, in which low-carbon energy systems should play a vital role. Since then, however, we have witnessed uncertainties and lack of knowledge about actual or expected effects of policies in support of a green energy economy transition. Emerging knowledge is rather fragmented and major gaps (theory, methodology and practice) remain in the interplay of a green economy, low-carbon energy systems and governance. This Special Issue will provide a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive, and insightful analysis of policy instruments supporting the green economy transition by means of targeting low-carbon energy systems. It will serve as a platform to share cutting-edge knowledge about the role, reach and performance of policy instruments (e.g. market-based incentives, regulatory approaches, information schemes) for effectively driving a green energy economy transformation. Guest editors welcome theoretical papers, methodological studies and empirical research (or combination thereof).

Reporting Back from Related Conferences

Assessment and Communication of the Social Science of Climate Change: Bridging Research and Policy arrow

Carlo Carraro, Charles Kolstad, and Robert Stavins

This text was published in the on-line journal Review of Environment, Energy and Economics - Re3, www.feem.it/getpage.aspx?id=7303, on February 25th, 2015.

"On February 18-20, 2015, twenty-four experts gathered in Berlin to explore approaches to improving the process by which research on climate change is assessed -- with a focus on the social-sciences (economics, political science, policy studies).  The workshop was sponsored by the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, and the Stanford Environmental and Energy Policy Analysis Center. Leaders of three of the sponsoring organizations, Carlo Carraro (FEEM), Charles Kolstad (Stanford University), and Robert Stavins (Harvard Kennedy School), have prepared a memorandum drawing from the workshop. The memo describes the specific challenges and opportunities facing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and provides recommendations for improving the IPCC's process of assessing scientific research on climate change.


EAERE Supported Event: International Symposium on International trade of waste: economic research and policy implications arrow

Maarten DuboisMaarten Dubois

In the last decades, waste management has transformed itself from a local burden to a thriving economic sector that provides jobs and profits. The international trade of waste has not only improved efficient allocation of secondary resources but has also fostered recycling which helped to alleviate price hikes due to resource scarcity. However, there is also evidence that uncontrolled waste shipments induce dumping in developing countries with negative impacts on health and the environment.

In contrast with the internationalization of the waste market, significant authority on waste policy has remained at a national or subnational level. How should local policy makers deal with open borders for waste? Would it be more efficient to shift more authority on waste policies to a European or international level? Are environmental policies affecting waste shipments?


Climate Change and Coastal Adaptation Day arrow

Climate Change and Coastal Adaptation DayBarbara Zanuttigh

The challenging synergy among research institutes, public authorities and enterprises towards climate-smart development Coastal areas are essential for the social and economic well-being of many nations, containing large human populations, supporting significant socioeconomic activities and being home of diverse ecosystem services. They are also particularly exposed to extreme events and climate change impacts. Results from FP7 PESETA project showed that under the A2 scenario, without adaptation, around 2’000 to 17’000 km2 of land in Europe could be permanently lost by 2085, also leading to 0.1 to 1.3 million people undergoing coastal floods every year. Those physical effects are estimated to cost 12 to 18 billion/year.


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envecon logo

Amerissa Giannouli

Envecon 2015
was held on Friday 13th March at the Royal Society in London, featuring presentations by academics, policy makers and consultants from the UK and beyond. During the parallel session on the Marine Environment I presented the Methodology for integrated socio-economic assessment of offshore platforms in the context of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which was developed under the European project MERMAID. As a young researcher, presenting at such a high profile conference was a great experience that gave me the opportunity to represent myself and get further motivated regarding my research. The conference included other parallel sessions about Energy and Climate Change, the Water Environment, Business and Individual Behaviour as well as Economic Valuation, which enriched my perspective on environmental economics. Being exposed at this network provided me confidence for future presentations and I was lucky to meet and get inspired by other researchers and great professors of the field. Finally, I had the pleasure to meet Dr. KyriakiRemoundou, who was once a PhD student at my university supervised by Prof. Phoebe Koundouri as I am now. It was really nice to be able to talk with her and learn from her experience!

Amerissa Giannouli
PhD Student (Economic Theory and Quantitative Methods) School of Economics Athens University of Economics and Business (www.aueb.gr)
Affiliated Researcher ICRE8: International Centre for Research on the Environment and the Economy www.icre8.eu


Workshop on "Managing Water Demand" September 16-17, 2015, London arrow

ESRC logo

Workshop on " Managing Water Demand"
September 16-17, 2015, London 
The aim of the workshop is to bring together scholars interested in the economic analysis of water demand. The program will encompass both theoretical contributions as well as empirical research using natural or field experiments and survey or administrative data.

Areas of interest include but are not restricted to research on: 

  • Modelling and estimating household water demand 
  • Water pricing and metering 
  • The impact of behavioural interventions on water demand
  • The role of regulation and public policy 
  • Water affordability 

The workshop will be held in central London and will include a policy round table with policy makers and representatives from the water industry.

The event is organized with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Southern Water. 

Michael Price (Georgia State University and NBER) will deliver a keynote address. 

There is no conference fee and we will provide accommodation. Some funds are also available to meet travel costs for presenters. Please indicate in your response whether you will require funding. 

To apply, please send an email with your paper attached as a PDF file to: water.demand.workshop@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: June 15th 2015 
Notification of Acceptance: June 30th 2015  For further information: www.water-soton.co.uk/workshop 

The Organizers: 

arrowCarmine Ornaghi
University of Southampton

Mirco Tonin
University of Southampton


EAERE Supported Event: EAERE 2015 Helsinki pre-conference workshop: Economic-ecological models in resource economics arrow

Date: 24 June 2015 (9:00-16:00)
Place: University of Helsinki Main building, address: Unioninkatu 34
Keynote addresses:
Jim Wilen (UC Davis, Dept of Agricultural and Resource Economics):
"Economics of Spatial-Dynamic Processes"
Atte Moilanen (University of Helsinki, Dept of Biosciences):
"Spatial prioritization methods for ecologically based environmental impact avoidance and biodiversity offsetting"

Further information: www.eaere2015.org/programme/pre-conference-workshop.html

Letters from Regions

Annual Conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists - IAERE/2015 arrow

Cesare DosiCesare Dosi, IAERE Council Member

The Third Annual Conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), hosted by the Department of Economics and Management – University of Padova ( 20-21 February, 2015) has been successful in attracting a large number of Italian and foreign scholars,  with a wide range of research interests.


Brief History of the Polish Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (PAERE)arrow

Leszek PreisnerLeszek Preisner, PAERE President

Around the time when the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists - EAERE was officially registered in 1991, a number of environmental economists in Poland started to set up the Polish Division of this organisation based on an initiative of Dr. Bronislaw Kaminski, who was at the time the Minister of Environmental Protection, Natural Resources and Forestry. The initial meeting took place in Warsaw in June 1990 and consisted of sixty of the most active environmental economists in Poland and the primary outcome of this meeting was the creation of a “Founding Committee” of the EAERE Polish Division.


2nd Annual Conference of the French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists arrow

FAERE logo

The French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists has been created in June 2013 to promote economic research in all fields of environment, ecology and natural resources. This association is open to anybody, without any nationality or language restriction.

The 2nd FAERE annual conference, organized by Toulouse Business School, will be held in Toulouse, on September 10-11, 2015. A wide range of topics are welcome, including: biodiversity, climate change, environmental policies, environmental valuation, growth and environment, health and environment, natural resources (water management, renewable and non-renewable resources, energy, fisheries, forestry), pollution control, natural risks, sustainability, waste management and recycling…

The program will consist of presentations which have followed a selection procedure, and two invited talks, given by James Hammitt (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis) and Sjak Smulders (Tilburg University).
All presentations will be in English.
More information here


The economists’ manifesto - If Britain’s top economists were in charge, what policies would they implement? arrow

Tim Harford

Tim Harford

This article was published at FT Magazine on April 17th, 2015

It’s often said that economists have too much influence on policy. A critic might say that politicians are dazzled by data-driven arguments and infatuated with the free-market-fetishising practitioners of the dismal science. As a card-carrying economist, I have never been convinced that politicians are the puppets of economists. Still, the idea seemed worth exploring, so I called up some of the country’s most respected economists and presented them with this scenario: after the election, the new prime minister promises to throw his weight behind any policy you choose. What would you suggest?


News from Philippines and India arrow

Sushanta MahapatraSushanta Mahapatra

Climate Change and Natural Disasters: Responding to the Philippines' Haiyan Tragedy
The powerful typhoon Haiyan that swept across the Philippines is one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction through several central islands, causing scores of people dead. The disaster's full impact is still revealing as the entire country has been caught in a state of shock and desperation. The devastation is really horrific with human tragedy. The major thrust of this paper is to explore the fact that how the Typhoon showed a trail of devastation and grave loss of life, response of the government of the Philippines and global response to the disaster of such magnitude along with the recovery and reconstruction programme to bring back people to their pre-typhoon levels. It also establishes the fact that lending a hand for the people of affected areas in humanly ways, without stealing the fund appropriated to help the victims is the need of the hour.

Institutional Events and Deadlines

24 - 27 June 2015
EAERE 21st Annual Conference, Helsinki, Finland
Registrations are open

28 June - 4 July 2015
EAERE-FEEM-VIU European Summer School: "Environmental Regulation", Venice, Italy

22 - 25 June 2016
EAERE 22nd Annual Conference, Zurich, Switzerland
Deadline for papers submissions: 31 January 2016

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

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

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

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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.

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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.


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