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Thomas Sterner


Thomas Sterner
Academic degree: Doctor
+46 31 786 1377

Room number: E-609
Postal Address: Box 640, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg

Department of Economics (More Information)
Box 640
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Thomas Sterner

Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics. For the academic year 2015-2016 he was elected as a visiting professor at the Collège de France. During the year he presented a series of seminars (pdf) related to the design of economic policy instruments to manage local as well as global environmental problems.

In 2012-2013 he was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg university and worked as Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). His main areas of work at the EDF were, among other things, related to instrument design for climate policy and catch shares in fisheries.

During the last two decades he has built up the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the University of Gothenburg, with a staff of about a dozen PhDs and another dozen graduate students. The unit gives a unique PhD program (with a large participation of graduate students from developing countries financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida), masters and undergraduate programs as well as a large number of other research and teaching activities within the area of environmental economics.


On other web sites

Research areas

  • Resource Management in Developing Countries
  • Economics of Energy Use and Climate Change
  • Economics of Fisheries & Coastal Zone Management
  • Comparative Efficiency of Economic Policy Instruments in various Sectors

Research in progress

  • STI Transportforskning, Jan/15 -
  • Sida EfD, Jan/15 -
  • Innovationer för hållbart långväga resande (Vinnova), Nov/16 - Dec/19
  • Miljöstyrande avgifter och incitament för hamnar (Vinnova), Nov/16 - Nov/18

Teaching areas

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy

Selected publications

Discounting and Relative Consumption
Johansson-Stenman, Olof, Sterner, Thomas
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 71:May, s. 19-33, 2015

Determining Benefits and Costs for Future Generations
Arrow, K., Cropper, M.L., Gollier, C., Groom, B., Heal, G.M. et al.
Science, 341:6144, s. 349-350, 2013

Paying for Mitigation: A Multiple Country Study
Carlsson, Fredrik, Kataria, M., Krupnick, A., Lampi, Elina, Löfgren, Åsa et al.
Land Economics, 88:2, s. 326-340, 2012

An Introduction to the Green Paradox: The Unintended Consequences of Climate Policies
Sterner, Thomas, Jensen, Svenn, Mohlin, Kristina, Pittel, Karen
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9:2, s. 246-265, 2015

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“Impuestos medioambientales”
Thomas Sterner
Integración & Comercio, Magazine article 2017
Magazine article

The social cost of carbon: A global imperative
R L Revesz, J A Schwartz, P H Howard, K Arrow, M A Livermore et al.
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Editorial letter 2017
Editorial letter


Inclusion of Consumption of carbon intensive materials in emissions trading – An option for carbon pricing post-2020
Karsten Neuhoff, Roland Ismer, William Acworth, Andrzej Ancygier, Carolyn Fischer et al.
Online version, Climate Strategies, Report 2016

DN Debatt: Så kan Sverige bli ledande nation i resurseffektivitet
Kenneth Bengtsson, Leif Brodén, Charlotte Brogren, Kerstin Cederlöf, Åke Iverfeldt et al.
Dagens Nyheter 2016-04-30 , Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

Resurseffektivitet - Policyutveckling mot 2025. En rapport från IVA-projektet Resurseffektiva affärsmodeller – stärkt konkurrenskraft
Anders Narvinger, Björn Stigson, Kenneth Bengtsson, Leif Brodén, Charlotte Brogren et al.
Stockholm, Kungliga Ingenjörvetenskapsakademien (IVA), Report 2016

We have the agreement — now we need a carbon tax
Thomas Sterner
Financial Times. 2016-04-25. , Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

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