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Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics focused on the design of environmental policy instruments. On this subject, he has written a standard textbook that has appeared in several language editions (link to textbook). He teaches environmental economics at Chalmers. Recent research focuses on issues of acceptability of policy instruments, their distributional effects and ways of making efficient instruments such as taxes more acceptable by refunding or using revenues constructively.

Although he still works on the economic theory of policy design and such overarching issues as fiscal reform, corporate environmental responsibility, circular economy, green growth, more and more attention is turned to actual interdisciplinary, empirical work. Currently he works on a range of issues from fishing and marine management to green bonds and green finance, radiation protection, biodiversity and ecosystem services, chemicals management, ambient air, transport and industrial applications. Still the largest focus is policy instruments to deal with climate change and other large scale environmental problems.

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. After graduating most of the PhDs join in the Environment for Development initiative (EfD) which does policy relevant research in developing countries. With Gunnar Köhlin, Thomas founded the Environment for Development Initiative. At the University of Gothenburg he is active in three research centres: BECC on  the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services, FRAM on chemicals and CECAR, the Centre for Collective Action Research, see also our YouTube channel. He is also active in the Mistra Carbon Exit research programme.

For the academic year 2015-2016 he was elected as a visiting professor at the Collège de France, and gave lectures on environmental policy instruments. 2012-2013 he was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg university and worked as Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). He maintains close connections with these institutions and others like Resources For the Future (RFF) where he is a University Fellow. Thomas also sits on a number of prominent boards.

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Publications

Selected publications

Refunding a useful sidekick to environmental taxation?

Nowadays there is much resistance to environmental taxation (like carbon taxes). Some of this is based on a desire not to give money to the state because of practical, distritutional, pragmatic or ideological reasons. One potential solution is to earmark or refund the tax revenues. Scandinavia has some interesting schemes for industrial pollutants (NOx) that we have analyzed.

This paper systematically analyses different kinds of tax refunding to industries. Refunding in proportion to output (which Sweden has for NOx) or in proportion to Abatement investments – which Norway has.

The former makes a very high pollution tax politically feasible. The latter actually makes a really low pollution tax very effective by using refunds to subsidize abatement. In effect it becomes a combined tax and subsidy. (If you are wondering which is better --- it turns out to be a bit complex so read the paper..…)

Hagem, C., Hoel, M., & Sterner, T. (2020). Refunding Emission Payments: Output-Based versus Expenditure-Based Refunding. Environmental and Resource Economics, 1-27. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00513-1

Mukanjari, S., Sterner, T. (2020). Charting a “Green Path” for Recovery from COVID-19. Environmental and Resource Economics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00479-0

Hänsel, M., Drupp, M. A., Johansson, D. J. A., Nesje, F., Azar, C., Freeman, M. C., Groom, B. & Sterner, T. (2020) Climate economics support for the UN climate targets.  Nature Climate Change. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-020-0833-x

Damania, R., Sterner, T. & Whittington, D. (2020). Environmental policy instruments and corruption. China Economic Journal, DOI: 10.1080/17538963.2020.1751454

Rasmussen, J., Ewald, J., & Sterner, T. (2020). Gender and life-stage dependent reactions to the risk of radioactive contamination: A survey experiment in Sweden. PLOS ONE, 15(4): e0232259. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0232259.

Sterner, T., Carson, R., Hafstead, M., Howard, P., Carlsson Jagers, S., Köhlin, G., Parry, I., Rafaty, R., Somanatan, E., Steckel, J. C., Whittington, D., Alpizar, F., Ambec, S., Aravena, C., Bonilla, J., Daniels, R. C., Garcia, J., Harring, N., Kacker, K., Kerr, S., Medhin, H., Khanh Nam, P., Romero, G., Johansson Stenman, O., Toman, M., Xu, J. & Wang, M. (2020). Funding Inclusive Green Transition through Greenhouse Gas Pricing. ifo DICE Report, 18(1), 03-08.

Camuzeaux, J., Sterner, T. and Wagner, G. (2020). “India in the coming climate G2?”. National Institute Economic Review, 251, R3-R12. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/nie.2020.2

Criqui, P., Jaccard, M. and Sterner, T. (2019). Carbon Taxation: A Tale of Three Countries. Sustainability, 11(22), 6280. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226280

Slunge, D., Sterner, T. and Adamowicz, W. (2019). Valuation When Baselines Are Changing: Tick-borne Disease Risk and Recreational Choice. Resource and Energy Economics, vol. 58. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.reseneeco.2019.101119

Larsson, J., Elofsson, A., Sterner, T., and Åkerman, J. (2019). International and national climate policies for aviation: a review. Climate Policy, 1-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2018.1562871

Sterner, T., Barbier, E.B., Bateman, I., van den Bijgaart, I., Crépin, A.S., Edenhofer, O., Fischer, C., Habla, W., Hassler, J., Johansson-Stenman, O., Lange, A., Polasky S., Rockström, J., Smith, H.G., Steffen, W., Wagner G., Wilen. J.E., Alpízar, F., Azar C., Carless, D., Chávez, C., Coria, J., Engström, G., Jagers, S.C., Köhlin, G., Löfgren, Å., Pleijel, H. and Robinson, A. (2019). Policy design for the Anthropocene. Nature Sustainability, 2(1), 14-21 Jan 10th. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-018-0194-x

Damon, M., Cole, D. H., Ostrom, E., and Sterner, T. (2019). Grandfathering: Environmental Uses and Impacts. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/reep/rey017

Ekbom, A., Brown, G., and Sterner, T. (2018). Muddy waters: economic analysis of soil erosion and downstream externalities. Ghanaian Journal of Economics6(1), 74-107. Link: https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC-141f7cb39f

Sterner. T. (2018). Fiscal Measures When Climate Negotiations are not Feasible. Ecology, Economy and Society—the INSEE Journal, 1(1), pp. 77 – 80, April. DOI: https://doi.org/10.37773/ees.v1i1.18

Bonilla, J., Coria, J. and Sterner. T. (2018). Technical Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Abatement of Global and Local Air Pollution. Environmental and Resource Economics, 70(1), pp. 191-221, May. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-017-0117-8

Meckling, J., Sterner, T., and Wagner, G. (2017). Policy sequencing toward decarbonization. Nature Energy2(12), p. 918. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41560-017-0025-8

Revesz, R., Greenstone, M., Hanemann, M., Schwartz, J. and Sterner, T. (2017). Best cost estimate of greenhouse gases. Science 357 (6352), p. 655. DOI: 10.1126/science.aao4322

Howard, P. and Sterner, T. (2017). Few and Not So Far Between: A Meta-analysis of Climate Damage Estimates. Environmental and Resource Economics, 68, 197-225. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-017-0166-z

Revesz, R. L., J. A. Schwartz, P. H. Howard, K. Arrow, M. A. Livermore, M. Oppenheimer and T. Sterner. (2017). “The Social Cost of Carbon: A Global Imperative”. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 11(1), 172-173. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/reep/rew022

Sterner, T. (2017). “Impuestos medioambientales”, Integración & Comercio, Número 42, Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo.

Sterner, T. (2015). "Higher costs of climate change". Nature, 527, 177-178. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/nature15643

Sterner, T. (2015). "Beyond IPCC: Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond". Environmental and Resource Economics, 62(2), 207-215. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-015-9966-1

Wagner, G, Kåberger, T., Olai, S., Oppenheimer, M., Rittenhouse, K., and Sterner, T. (2015). “Push Renewables to spur carbon pricing”, Nature, 525:27-29. DOI: 10.1038/525027a 

Camuzeaux, J., Alvarez, R., Brooks, S, Browne, J. and Sterner, T. (2015). "Influence of Methane Emissions and Vehicle Efficiency on the Climate Implications of Heavy-Duty Natural Gas Trucks" Environmental Science & Technology, 49(11), 6402-6410. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b00412

Jensen S., Mohlin, K., Pittel, K. and Sterner, T. (2015). "An Introduction to the Green Paradox: The Unintended Consequences of Climate Policies". Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(2), 246-265. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/reep/rev010

Bonilla, J., Coria, J., Mohlin, K. and Sterner, T. (2015). Refunded Emission Payments and Diffusion of NOx Abatement Technologies in Sweden. Ecological Economics, Vol 116, (August): 132-145. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.030

Johansson-Stenman, O. and Sterner, T. (2015). Discounting and Relative Consumption. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 71 (May 2015): 19-33 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2015.01.006

Green, J., Sterner, T. and Wagner, G. (2014). "A balance of 'bottom-up' and 'top-down' in linking climate policies", Nature Climate Change Vol 4, pp 1064-1067. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate2429

Sterner, T. (2014). “Mission started – but far from accomplished”, Environment and Development Economics, 19, pp 295-297.  DOI: 10.1017/S1355770X14000205R

Sterner, T., Alem, T., Alpízar, F., Spindell Berck, C., Carlos Alberto Chavez Rebolledo, Dikgang, J., Kirama, S., Köhlin, G., Mariara-Kabubo, J., Mekonnen A. and Xu, J. (2014). “The Environment for Development Initiative: lessons learned in research, academic capacity building and policy intervention to manage resources for sustainable growth”. Environment and Development Economics, 19, pp 367-391. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355770X1400014X

Revesz, R L., Howard, P H., Arrow, K., Goulder, L H., Kopp, R E., Livermore, M A., Oppenheimer, M. and Sterner, T. (2014). “Global warming: Improve economic models of climate change”, Nature 508, 173–175. DOI: 10.1038/508173a

Motel, P. Minea, A., Choumert, J., and Sterner, T. (2014). “Explorations in the environment-development dilemma”, Environmental and Resource Economics, 57: 479-485. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-013-9745-9

Arrow, K., Cropper, M L., Gollier, C., Groom, B., Heal, G. M., Newell, R G., Nordhaus, W D., Pindyck, R S., Pizer, W A., Portney, P., Sterner, T., Tol, R. and Weitzman , M.L. (2014). “Should Governments Use a Declining Discount Rate in Project Analysis?“. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 8(2), pp. 145–163. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/reep/reu008. Arrow et al (2014). Editor’s Choice.

Arrow, K., Cropper, M L., Gollier, C., Groom, B., Heal, G M., Newell, R G., Nordhaus, W D., Pindyck, R S., Pizer, W A., Portney, P., Sterner, T., Tol, R. and Weitzman, M.L.  (2013). “Determining Benefits and Costs for Future Generations “, Science, 341(6144), 349-350. DOI: 10.1126/science.1235665

Ekbom, A, Alem, Y. and Sterner, T. (2013). “Integrating soil science into agricultural production frontiers” Environment and Development Economics, 18, 291-308. DOI: 10.1017/S1355770X13000089

Carlsson F., Kataria, M., Krupnick, A., Lampi, E., Löfgren, Å., Qin, P. and Sterner, T. (2013). "The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth - A Multiple Country Test of an Oath Script," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 35(1), 1-17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2013.02.003

Hammar, H., Sterner, T. and Åkerfeldt, S. “Sweden’s CO2 tax and taxation reform experiences” in Genevey, R., Pachauri, R., Tubiana, L. (2013). Reducing Inequalities: A Sustainable Development Challenge, TERI Press, New Delhi, and in French, Genevey, R., Pachauri, R., Tubiana, L. Regards sur la terre 2013 – Réduire les inégalités : un enjeu de développement durable, Armand Colin, Paris.

Carlsson F, M Kataria, A Krupnick, E Lampi, Å Löfgren, P Qin, T Sterner, (2013). “A Fair Share: Burden-Sharing Preferences in the United States and China”. Resource and Energy Economics, 35, 1– 17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.reseneeco.2012.11.001

Carpenter, SR, Arrow, K J., Barrett, S., Biggs, R., Brock, W A., Crépin, A., Engström, G., Folke, C., Hughes, T P., Kautsky, N., Li, C-Z., McCarney, G., Meng, K., Mäler, K-G., Polasky, S., Scheffer, M., Shogren, J., Sterner, T., Vincent, J R., Walker, B., Xepapadeas, A. and de Zeeuw, A. (2012).  “General Resilience to Cope with Extreme Events”, Sustainability 4; DOI: 10.3390/su40x000x1, ISSN 2071-1050

Damon, M. and Sterner, T. (2012). “Policy Instruments for Sustainable Development at Rio +20”. The Journal of Environment and Development, 21 (2) 143-151. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1070496512444735

Sterner, T. (2011). “Engagements volontaires et croissance verte dans l’ère d’après Copenhague (Voluntary Pledges and Green Growth in the Post-Copenhagen Climate)” Revue d'Economie du Développement 2011: 4. DOI : https://doi.org/10.3917/edd.254.0115

Muchapondwa, E. and Sterner, T. (2012). "Agricultural-risk management through community-based wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe", Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies, 2(1), 41-56. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/20440831211219228

Sterner, T and Kyriakopoulou. E. (2012). “Discounting: Unbalanced Growth, Uncertainty, and Spatial Considerations”, The Annual Review of Resource Economics. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-110811-114507

Wei, J, Hennlock, M., Johansson, D and Sterner, T. (2012). The fossil endgame: strategic oil price discrimination and carbon taxation, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 1(1), 48-69. DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2011.640849

C Fischer, Torvanger, A., Shrivastava, M. K., Sterner, T. and Stigson. P. (2012). “How should support for Climate-friendly Technologies be designed”, Ambio, 41, 33-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-011-0239-0

Kateregga, E. and Sterner, T. (2012). “Production Functions for Nile Perch and Tilapia Fisheries: A case study of Uganda’s Section of Lake Victoria”, Crown Journal of Agriculture, 1(1), 01-12.

Sterner, T. (2012). “Distributional effects of taxing transport fuel” Energy Policy, 41(0) pp.75-83. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2010.03.012

Zetterberg, M Wråke, T Sterner, C Fischer, D Burtraw. (2012). “Short-Run Allocation of Emissions Allowances and Long-Term Goals for Climate Policy”, Ambio, 41, 23-32.

Löfgren, Å. Martinsson, P., Hennlock, M. and Sterner, T. (2012). “Are experienced people affected by a pre-set default option—Results from a field experiment”, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 63(1), 66-72. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2011.06.002

Carlsson, F., Kataria, M., Krupnick, A., Lampi, E., Löfgren, Å., Qin, P., Chung, S. and Sterner. T. (2012). “Paying for Mitigation: A Multiple Country Study”, Land Economics, 88(2), 326-340. DOI: 10.3368/le.88.2.326

Fischer, C. and Sterner, T. (2012). “Climate Policy, Uncertainty, and the Role of Technological Innovation”, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 14 (2), 285–309. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9779.2011.01543.x

Sterner, T. and Damon, M. (2011). “Green Growth in the Post-Copenhagen Climate Energy Policy”, Energy Policy, 39(11) 7165-7173. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2011.08.036

Carlsson F., Kataria, M., Lampi, E., Löfgren, Å. And Sterner T. (2011) Is fairness blind? –The effect of framing on preferences for effort-sharing rules. Ecological Economics 70, 1529-1535. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2011.03.015

Coria, J and Sterner, T. (2011). “Natural resource management: Challenges and policy options”, Annual Review Resource Economics, 3, 14.1–14.28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-083110-120131

Carlsson, F., Löfgren, Å. and Sterner, T. (2011). “Discrimination in Scientific Review: A natural field experiment on blind versus non-blind review”, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 114(2), 500-519. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2011.01690.x

Fisher, B., Polasky, S. and Sterner, T. (2011). “Conservation and Human Welfare: Economic Analysis of Ecosystem Services”, Environmental and Resource Economics, 48(2), pp. 151–159. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-010-9415-0

Fischer, F., Muchapondwa, E and Sterner, T. (2011). “A Bio-Economic Model of Community Incentives for Wildlife Management Under CAMPFIRE”, Environmental and Resource Economics, 48, 303–319, DOI: 10.1007/s10640-010-9409-y to be reprinted in 'The Economics of Natural Resources', edited by Barry Field and Gardner Brown, Routledge.

Sterner, T., and Slunge, D. (2009). 'Environmental Fiscal Reform in East and Southern Africa and its Effects on Income Distribution', in Environmental Taxes and Fiscal Reform edited by Laura Castellucci and Anil Markandya, Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX: July-sept.

Coria, J., Löfgren, Å and Sterner. T. (2010). "To Trade or Not to Trade: An Analysis of Trading Schemes at the Firm Level”. Journal of Environmental Management, 91, 2126-2133.

Coria, J. and Sterner. T. (2010) “Tradable Permits in Developing Countries: Evidence from Air Pollution in Chile”, The Journal of Environment and Development, 19(2), 145–170. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1070496509355775

Garcia, J H., Bluffstone, R and Sterner, T. (2009). Corporate Environmental Management in Transition Economies: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe, Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 59(5): 410-425.

Svedäng H., Stål, J. Sterner, T and Cardinale, M. (2010). “Consequences of subpopulation structure on fisheries management: cod (Gadus morhua) in the Kattegat and Öresund (North Sea)”, Reviews in Fisheries Science, 18(2):139–150. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/10641260903511420

Sterner, T. and Turnheim, B. (2009). “Innovation and diffusion of Environmental Technology: Industrial NOx abatement in Sweden under Refunded Emission Payments”, Ecological Economics, 68(12) (October), 2996-3006. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.06.028

Kateregga, E. and Sterner, T. (2009). “Lake Victoria Fish Stocks and the Effects of Water Hyacinth" Journal of Environment and Development, 18:1, 62-78. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1070496508329467

Mendelsohn R, Sterner, T., Persson, M. and Weyant, J P. (2008). “Comments on Simon Dietz and Nicholas Stern's Why Economic Analysis Supports Strong Action on Climate Change: A Response to the Stern Review's Critics”, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2(2), 309-313, DOI: 10.1093/reep/ren012

Garcia, J. H., Afsah, S. and Sterner, T. (2009). “Which Firms are More Sensitive to Public Disclosure Schemes for Pollution Control? Evidence from Indonesia’s PROPER Program”, Environmental Resource Economics, 42(2), 151. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-008-9211-2

Sterner, T and Persson, M. (2008). “An Even Sterner Review”: Introducing Relative Prices into the Discounting Debate, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2(1). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/reep/rem024

Sterner, T. and Müller, A. (2008). ‘Output and Abatement Effects of Allocation Readjustment in Permit Trade’, Climatic Change, 86, 33-49. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-007-9281-0

Kateregga, E. and Sterner, T. (2007). ‘Indicators for an invasive species: Water Hyacinths in Lake Victoria’, Ecological Indicators, 7(2), 362-370. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2006.02.008

Flood, L., Islam, N and Sterner, T. (2010). “Are demand elasticities affected by politically determined tax levels?” Applied Economics Letters, 17(4), 325-328. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13504850701735864

Hoel, M. and Sterner, T. (2007). ‘Discounting and relative prices”, Climatic Change, 84,  265-280. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10584-007-9255-2

Garcia, J., Sterner, T and Afsah, S. (2007). “Public Disclosure of Industrial Pollution” The PROPER approach for Indonesia” Environmental and Development Economics, Dec Vol 12, no 6, pp. 733-756. DOI: 10.1017/S1355770X07003920

Sterner, T. (2007). “Fuel Taxes: An important instrument for climate policy”. Energy Policy, 35(6), 3194-3202. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2006.10.025

Sterner, T., Troell, M., Vincent, J., Aniyar, S., Barrett, S., Brock, W., Carpenter, S., Chopra, K., Ehrlich, P., Hoel, M., Levin, S., Mäler, K-G., Norberg, J., Pihl, L., Söderqvist, T., Wilen, J. and Xepapadeas, A. (2006). “Quick fixes for environmental problems: part of the solution, or part of the problem?” Environment, 49(10), 19-27. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3200/ENVT.48.10.20-27

Bluffstone, R and Sterner, T. (2006).” Explaining Environmental Management in Central and Eastern Europe”, Comparative Economic Studies, 48(4), 619-640. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/palgrave.ces.8100184

Sterner, T. (2007). "Unobserved Diversity, Depletion and Irreversibility The importance of subpopulations for Management of cod stocks" Ecological Economics, 61:2-3, pages 566-574. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.05.015

Sterner, T. (2006), “Policy instruments to deal with climatic change”, Global Environmental Studies No.2, ISSN 1880-7143.

Sterner, T. and Isaksson, L. H. (2006). ‘Refunded emission payments theory, distribution of costs, and Swedish experience of NOx abatement’, Ecological Economics, 57(1), 93-106. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.03.008

Kathuria, V. and Sterner, T. (2006). ‘Monitoring and Enforcement: Is Two-Tier Regulation Robust?’ Ecological Economics, 57(3) pp. 477-93. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.05.004

Fredriksson, P. G. and Sterner, T. (2005). ‘The Political Economy of Refunded Emission Payments’, Economic Letters, 87(1), 113-119. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2004.11.001

Sterner, T. and Svedäng, H. (2005). “A Net Loss: Policy instruments for commercial fishing with focus on cod in Sweden”. Ambio, 34(2), 84-90. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1579/0044-7447-34.2.84

Kåberger, T., Sterner, T., Zamanian, M and Jürgensen, A. (2004). ‘Economic Efficiency of Compulsory Green Electricity Quotas in Sweden’, Energy and Environment, 15(4), 675-697. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1260%2F0958305042259756

Millock, K., C. Nauges and T. Sterner. (2004). ‘Environmental taxes: a comparison of French and Swedish experience from taxes on industrial air pollution’, Journal of Institutional Comparisons, 2(1), 30-34, Spring 2004. Also CESifo DICE Report, 2004: https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/6631180.pdf

Azar, C., Sandén, B. A. and Sterner, T. (2004). ‘Technology, policy and climate change”. New Academy Review, special edition on Climate Change, pp 91-97.

Hammar, H., Löfgren, Å and Sterner, T. (2004). ‘Political Economy Obstacles to Fuel Taxation’, Energy Journal, ISSN0195-6574, 25(3) pp 1-17. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol25-No3-1

Sterner, T. and Köhlin, G. (2003). ‘Environmental Taxes in Europe’, Public Finance and Management, 3(1) pp 117-142, ISSN Number 1523-9721.

Torén, K. J. and Sterner, T. (2003). “How to Promote Prevention – Economics Incentives, Legal Regulations or Both?”. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 29(3), 239-245.

Olsson, B., Birungi, P., Huda, R., Motlaleng, J., Onjala, G., and Sterner. T. (2002). “Ranking Environmental Services in Different Countries”, Sri Lankan Journal of Agricultural Economics, 4(1), 73-93. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22004/ag.econ.205926

Slunge, D. and Sterner, T. (2001). ‘Implementation of Policy Instruments for Chlorinated Solvents’, European Environment, 11(5), 281-296, ISSN 0961-0405. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.271

Arrow, K., Daily, G., Dasgupta, P., Levin, S., Mäler, K-G., Maskin, E., Starrett, D., Sterner, T and Tietenberg, T. (2000). ‘Managing Ecosystem Resources’, Environmental Science and Technology, 34, 1401-1406. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/es990672t

Holmåker, K. and Sterner, T. (1999). ‘Growth or Environmental Concern: Which Comes First? Optimal Control with Pure Stock Pollutants’, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 2(3), 167-185.

Sterner, T. and Andersson, J. (1998). ‘Private Protection of the Marine Environment, Tanzania, a case study’, Ambio, Vol. XXVII Number 8, pp 768-771.

Sterner, T. and. van den Bergh, J. C. J. M. (1998). ‘Frontiers of environmental and resource economics’, Introduction to the Special issue of Environmental and Resource Economics, 11: 3-4, 243-260. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1008236412072

Bartelings, H. and Sterner, T. (1999). ‘Household Waste Management in a Swedish Municipality’, Environmental and Resource Economics, 13(4), 473-491. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1008214417099

Sterner, T. (1997). ‘The economics of biomass in industrialized countries’, A comment to M Radetzki, Energy Policy, 25(6), 555-557.

Rogat, J. and Sterner, T. (1998). ‘The determinants of gasoline demand in some Latin American countries’, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 11:1-4, 162-170. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJGEI.1998.071441

Azar, C. and Sterner, T. (1996). ‘Discounting and distributional considerations in the context of Global Warming’, Ecological Economics, 19, 169-184. Voted 3rd Position in ‘best article of the year’ in Ecological Economics. Also translated and published in Realidad Economica (1997) in Argentina. Also reprinted in “Frontiers in Environmental Economics” ed Dragun and Jakobsson, SLU Uppsala, Sweden. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0921-8009(96)00065-1

Sterner, T., Anxo, D., Bosworth, D., Cette, G and Taddéi, D. (1995). ‘Horaires de travail et durée d'utilisation des équipements: quelques aspects théoriques’, Économie et Statistique, No 287 (7). DOI : https://doi.org/10.3406/estat.1995.5995

Sterner, T. (1995). ‘Environmental Tax Reform in Sweden’, Environment and Pollution, 5(2), 135-163. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJEP.1995.028371

Sterner, T. (1994). ‘Environmental Tax Reform - The Swedish Experience’, European Environment, 4(6), 20-25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/eet.3320040606

Sterner, T. (1994). ‘Discounting in a World of Limited Growth’, Environmental and Resource Economics, 4, 527-534.

Anxo, D. and Sterner, T. (1994). ‘Using Electricity data to measure Capital Utilization’, Energy Economics, 16 (1), 63-74. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0140-9883(94)90019-1

Sterner, T. and Tansini, R. (1994). ‘Technology Transfer: The Dairy Industries in Sweden and Uruguay’, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 5(2), 107-121.

Sterner, T., Dahl, C and Franzén, M. (1992). ‘Gasoline Tax Policy, Carbon Emissions and the Environment’, Jour­nal of Transport and Economic Policy, 26, 109-119. Also reprinted in Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Kennet Button and Peter Nijkamp eds The Environment and Transport, Edward Elgar.

Sterner, T. (1991). ‘Gasoline demand in the OECD: Choice of model and data set in pooled estimations’, Opec Review, Vol. XV No. 2, pp 91-101. 

Tansini, R., Sterner, T and Zejan, M. (1991). ‘Uma análíse da adaptacao tecnológica na indústria leiteira’, Pesquisa e Planejamento Economico, 21(2), 287-304, Rio de Janeiro.

Sterner, T. (1991). ‘The Development of State Oil Companies in Latin America: From Conflict to Collaboration’, The Journal of Energy and Development, 15(1), 111-123.

Anxo, D. and Sterner, T. (1991). ‘Travail Posté, Durée du Travail et Durée d'Utilisation des Equipements dans l'Industrie Suédoise’, Economies et Societés, AB No. 17, pp 115-135, Sept-Oct 1991.

Mbelle, A. and Sterner, T. (1991). ‘Foreign Exchange and Efficiency in Tanzanian Industry’, Eastern Africa Economic Review, 7(1), 31-38.

Dahl, C. and Sterner, T. (1991). ‘Analyzing Gasoline Demand Elasticities’, Energy Economics, 13(3), 203-210. This article came in 5th Position of the most cited articles in the journal Energy Economics from 1979-1999. (See Editorial in Energy Economics, 22(2000) 1-8).

Dahl, C. and Sterner, T. (1991). ‘A Survey of Econometric Gasoline Demand Elasticities’, International Journal of Energy Systems, 11(2), 53-76.

Mbelle, A. and T. Sterner. (1991). ‘Foreign Exchange and Industrial Development’, World Development, 19(4), 341‑347. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0305-750X(91)90181-G

Sterner, T. (1990). ‘Ownership, technology, and efficiency: An empirical study of cooperatives, multinationals, and domestic enterprises in the Mexican cement industry’, Journal of Comparative Economics, 14, 286‑300. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0147-5967(90)90073-I

Katz, K. and Sterner, T. (1990). ‘The Value of Clean Air’, Energy Studies Review, 2(1), 39-47.

Sterner, T. (1990). ‘Energy Efficiency and Capital Embodied Technological Change: The Case of Mexican Cement Manufacturing’, The Energy Journal, 11(2), 155-167. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol11-No2-9

Angelier, J. P. and Sterner, T. (1990). ‘Tax harmonization for petroleum products in the EC’, Energy Policy, 18(6), 500-505. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0301-4215(90)90202-F

Sterner, T. (1990). ‘An International Tax on Pollution and Natural Resource Depletion’, Energy Policy, 18(3), 300-302. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0301-4215(90)90221-O

Sterner, T. (1989). ‘Les Prix de l'energie en Afrique’, Revue de l'Energie, No 415.

Sterner, T. (1989). ‘Factor Demand and Substitution in a Developing Country: Energy use in Mexican Manufacturing’, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 91(4), 723-739. DOI: 10.2307/3440216

Katz, K. and Sterner, T. (1989). ‘Värdering av renare luft: Ett empiriskt exempel’, Ekonomiska Samfundets Tidskrift, Nr 4, pp. 243–256.

Sterner, T. (1989). ‘Oil Products in Latin America: The Politics of Energy Pricing’, Energy Journal, 10(2), 25-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5547/ISSN0195-6574-EJ-Vol10-No2-4

Boyd, G. A., Hanson, D. A. and Sterner, T. (1988). Decomposition of Changes in Energy Intensity: a comparison of the Divisia Index and other Methods’, Energy Economics, 10(4), 309-612. This article attained the 2nd position for most cited articles in the journal Energy Economics from 1979-1999. (See Editorial in Energy Economics, 22(2000) 1-8).

Sterner, T. (1985). ‘Structural change and Technology Choice’, Energy Economics, 7(2), 77-86. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/0140-9883(85)90022-2

Research in progress

Books

 

The Economics of Environmental Policy – Behavioral and Political Dimensions (2016) edited by Thomas Sterner and Jessica Coria. The International Library of Critical Writings in Economics series. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

National and Sub-national Policies and Institutions. In: Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change(2014) by Somanathan E., T. Sterner, T. Sugiyama, D. Chimanikire, J. Essandoh-Yeddu, S. Fifita, L. Goulder, A. Jaffe, X. Labandeira, S. Managi, C. Mitchell, J.P. Montero, F. Teng, and T. Zylicz.

Environmental Regulation and Public Disclosure, The Case of PROPER in Indonesia (2013) by Shakeb Afsah, Allen Blackman, Jorge H. Garcia, Thomas Sterner. Published by RFF Press. (See book review written by Fitrian Ardiansyah and published in the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies)

Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management, second edition (2012) by Thomas Sterner and Jessica Coria. Published by RFF Press.

Fuel Taxes and the Poor, The Distributional Effects of Gasoline Taxation and Their Implications for Climate Policy (2011) edited by Thomas Sterner. Published by RFF Press with Environment for Development initiative.

Environmental Taxation in Practice (2006) edited by Adrian Muller and Thomas Sterner. Published by Ashgate.

Choosing Environmental Policy, Comparing Instruments and Outcomes in the United States and Europe (2004) edited by Winston Harrington, Richard D. Morgenstern, Thomas Sterner. Published by Routledge.

Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management, first edition (2003) by Thomas Sterner. Published by RFF Press. It is also available in Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish under the following titles:

Current media and presentations

Climate Strategies AGM ELEVator speech. 2020-12-10.

Presentation with Sida with Olof Drakenberg. 2020-12-03.

Presentation at webinar “Miljöpolitik och styrmedel” (Environmental policy and policy instruments) Ingenjörer för Miljön (Engineers for the Environment). 2020-12-02.

Presentation “Understanding the political economy of carbon taxes” at the FSR Climate Annual Conference – Sesssion on Environmental Taxation, with Jens Ewald and Erik Sterner. 2020-11-27.

Presentation “The acceptability of carbon taxes” at CeCar, with discussant Sverker Carlsson Jagers. 2020-11-26.

Presentation “The climate crisis is solvable, but contains difficult elements” at Climate themed webinarium hosted by CSR Västsverige (CSR West Sweden). 2020-11-26.

“Policy Design for the Anthropocene” with Åsa Löfgren, Sverker Carlsson Jagers and Will Steffen , After the Paper blog post on article in Nature Sustainability. Nature Sustainability Community. 2020-11-17.

”Kan corona ge draghjälp åt klimatomställningen?” interview in Radio Sweden on the opportunity for a green re-start of the economy with Corona stimulus money. 2020-10-16.

"Miljöekonom: Styr om tillväxten för klimatet" interview in Svenska Dagbladet about climate economics and growth. 2020-10-11.

Presentations, speeches & lectures

  1. Organizer and chair of policy session “Carbon Prizing for Sustainable Development” together with Jan Steckel, MCC Berlin, at the EAERE 25th annual conference in Berlin. 2020-07-01.
  2. Panelist in the panel debate “Tricks of the trade” – experiences of carbon tax introductions, at the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action’s workshop “Carbon Taxation”, Stockholm. 2019-10-04.
  3. “Dealing with the climate in an efficient, fair and feasible manner: What can we learn from economics?” Invited keynote speaker at the INSEE-CESS International Conference on Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses, Hyderabad, India, 2019-11-08.
  4. “L’économie politique de l’expérience suédoise: pacte fiscal écologique et compétitivité” (The political economy of the Swedish experience: The ecological and competitive fiscal pact) Invited presentation at the French Environment Ministry, Paris, 2018-02-13.
  5. Debate with Isabella Lövin, Minister for Climate and Vice Prime minister in Sweden, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, 2018-01-31.
  6. Research keynote “Policy instruments for realizing a green economy in Ethiopia”, 1st Annual Conference on Ethiopia’s Green Development Path – The Implementation of a Mainstreamed CRGE. Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, 2017-04-25.
  7. Presenting “Discount rates – putting a price on the future” at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2016-03-17.
  8. Presenting “The national interests for carbon price” at Global Harmonized Carbon Pricing: Looking beyond Paris", Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, USA. 2015-05-27
  9. Presenting “The Long Term Importance of Carbon Pricing” at RFF- Indigo seminar: “Looking Ahead toward Paris: International Perspectives on National Commitments “House of Sweden, Washington D.C., USA. 2015-04-21.
  10. “Future Paths for Climate Research” Presentation at the EfD 8th Annual Meeting, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 2014-10-25.

Presentation with Sida. 2020-01-20.

Climate Strategies AGM ELEVator speech. 2020-12-10.

Presentation with Sida with Olof Drakenberg. 2020-12-03.

Presentation at webinar “Miljöpolitik och styrmedel” (Environmental policy and policy instruments) Ingenjörer för Miljön (Engineers for the Environment). 2020-12-02.

Presentation “Understanding the political economy of carbon taxes” at the FSR Climate Annual Conference – Sesssion on Environmental Taxation, with Jens Ewald and Erik Sterner. 2020-11-27.

Presentation “The acceptability of carbon taxes” at CeCar, with discussant Sverker Carlsson Jagers. 2020-11-26.

Presentation “The climate crisis is solvable, but contains difficult elements” at Climate themed webinarium hosted by CSR Västsverige (CSR West Sweden). 2020-11-26.

Presentation “4 crises: health, economic, political and climate crises” for Sahlgrenska Academy Students. 2020-11-25.

Presentation of “Attitudes toward Carbon Taxes” at EfD’s annual meeting. 2020-11-19.

Presenter of research proposal “Attitudes toward climate policy” at ACT! Sustainable Research Conference, organized by the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV), chaired by Olof Johansson-Stenman. 2020-11-18.

“Zum Klimaökonomie” Guestlecture for Elisabet Gsottbauer at the Department of Economics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. 2020-11-17.

Presentation of “Attitudes toward Carbon Taxes” pilot study at "UCSD Environmental Economics Seminar Series", cosponsored by the Department of Economics and the School of Global Policy and Strategy, University of California San Diego, USA. 2020-11-16.

Presentation of “Policies for the climate crisis: Analysis of necessary policies with particular focus on transports” at the Symposium on Transport Policies against Climate Change, hosted by University of Barcelona. 2020-11-10.

Presentation “Economic and climate effects of Covid-19” for The Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg (Utrikespolitiska föreningen Göteborg). 2020-10-29.

Presenter of seminar “2 Degrees of Difference – A Discussion of Global Climate Goals” on the updates to the Dynamic Integrated Climate-Economy (DICE) model and its implications for achieving global climate target, at the EDF. 2020-09-28.

Organizer and chair of policy session “Carbon Prizing for Sustainable Development” together with Jan Steckel, MCC Berlin, at the EAERE 25th annual conference in Berlin. 2020-07-01.

Presentation of paper “The Economics Nobel Prize and the UN climate targets: From Clash to Consistency” in session Climate and economy: consistent targets and modelling practices the EAERE 25th annual conference in Berlin. Chaired by Alena Miftakhova, ETH Zurich. 2020-06-29.

Panelist in policy session “The European Green Deal: prospects and challenges for the future”, at the EAERE 25th annual conference in Berlin. Chaired by Simone Borghesi at the European University Institute. 2020-06-26.

Panelist in policy session “Policy design to address global methane emissions from the oil and gas sector”, at the EAERE 25th annual conference in Berlin. The 2020 conference was held online due to the corona virus outbreak. Chaired by Kristina Mohlin at the Environmental Defense Fund. 2020-06-24.

“Some like it hot: Optimal abatement of Climate change. Nordhaus vs Paris Agreement.”, webinar at Exeter LEEPout, a monthly seminar series hosted by The Land, Environment, Economics, and Policy Institute at the University of Exeter. 2020-06-15.

Optimal nivå på åtgärder för att hindra smittspridning, presentation at webinar on the Corona crisis arranged by Professor Kristian Bolin, Gothenburg. 2020-05-13.

“How to compensate to reach zero by 2045”, Panelist in the web based panel debate FollowUp Climate arranged by Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg. 2020-05-12.

”Skatteväxling-reflektioner och förslag på miljöområdet”, presentation at FORES webinar and launch of a new anthology on environmental taxes, 2020-03-25.

“Climate & Economics”, speech at Jönköping School of Education and Communication, Jönköping. 2020-02-06.

“Dealing with the climate in an efficient, fair and feasible manner: What can we learn from economics?” Invited keynot speaker at the INSEE-CESS International Conference on Climate Change and Disasters: Challenges, Opportunities and Responses, Hyderabad India, 2019-11-08.

"Så når vi Parisavtalet: konkreta förslag på åtgärder med effekt, både för länder, företag och den enskilda människan. ” Speech at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sverigefrämjardagarna, Stockholm 2019-10-14.

Participation in the session “Package implementation” with a presentation on complementary measures to put carbon taxation in a political context, at the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action’s workshop “Carbon Taxation”, Stockholm. 2019-10-04.

“Kärnkraftens roll i klimat- och näringspolitiken”. Studieförbundet Näringsliv och Samhälle, Stockholm. 2019-06-19.

“Climate policy in a conflicted world”. Speech at “Euroenvironment” Gothenburg, Sappören GU. 2019-04-29.

“Helping the Invisible Hand – How to design climate policy in a conflicted world”. Presentation, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 2019-04-10

“Grön ekonomi – vad, varför och hur?”, Speach at Utvecklingsforum 2018, Sida, Stockholm, 2018-10-17.

”Fossilfritt – men hur?”. Plenary speech at Fossilfritt Sverige, Stockholm, 2018-09-06.

Speech at Geneva Assosiation 45th General Assembly, 2018-06-20.

“After Paris” Plenary Speech at International Energy Workshop, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, 2018-06-19.

Keynote lecture “Does the market Trump politics?” at the Environmental Economics International Conference: A Focus on Natural Resources. Orléans, France, 5-6 April 2018.

"Climate policy from Paris to Trump and beyond", plenary presented at Developments in Energy Economcis, Madrid, 15 February 2018.

Speaker at Séminaire du Conseil Économique pour le Développement Durable: Quel cadre fiscal pour accélerer la Transition écologique et solidaire? arranged by French Government. Paris, 13 February 2018.

Presentation at seminar “Europaperspektiv 2018 – EU I en världsordning under omvandling”. Norra Latin, Stockholm, 7 February 2018.

Plenary speaker at 13th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, 18-20 December 2017

Speaker at Forum för tillämpad samhällsekonomisk analys, Stockholm, 22 november 2017

Participation in Third International Workshop: The Energy Transition in Land Transportation. Ecole Normale Supérieure, 9-10 november 2017.

Keynote at conference Global (Dis)Order and Development at Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, University of Gothenburg, 6-7 November 2017.

Presentation of paper “Grandfathering” (co-authored with M. Damon, D. Cole, and E. Ostrom) at CeCAR Workshop, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, 2017-06-13.

“Do Markets Trump Politics? Evidence from Fossil Market Reactions to the Paris Agreement and the US Election”. Presentation (together with Samson Mukanjari) at conference “The Economics of Energy and Climate Change”, Toulouse, France, 2017-06-06.

Participation in session "The research landscape if climate economics" at workshop "Challenges for Economics Research on Climate Change after Paris", Villa Vigoni, Italy, 2017-05-04.

Presenting "International climate economics: the importance of treaties and politics versus underlying trends in technology and taste" at international workshop "The economics of climate change and sustainability", Rimini Campus, University of Bologna, 2017-04-28.

Participation in seminar "Vägen till samarbete kring de globala utmaningarna", Jonsereds Herrgård, 2017-04-26.

Research keynote speech "Policy instruments for realizing a green economy in Ethiopia" at 1st Annual Conference on Ethiopias's Green Development Path - The Implementation of a Mainstreamed CRGE. Hilton Hote, Addis Ababa, 2017-04-25.

Presenting the paper “International Climate Economics” at the Department of Economics, University of Lisboa, Portugal, 2017-02-24.

Plenary speaker at Fifth Annual Conference for Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE) at University of Rome Tor Vergata, School of Economics, 2017-02-16.

Presentation at Eolus annual meeting, Hässleholm, 2017-01-28.

Presenting “Gröna skatter” at seminar ”Skattereformen 25 år – dess historia och framtid”. Seminar in Swedish Parliament on tax reform, Stockholm, 2017-01-25.

Presenting ”Carbon tax as an option in designing climate policies”, FSR Climate Annual Conference at European University Institute, Florence, 2016-12-01.

Invited speaker at Forum för giftfri miljö, Västerås, 2016-11-16.

Presenting ”Vad betyder Parisavtalet för näringsliv och samhälle?” at Hagainitiativets frukostmöte , Universeum, Gothenburg, 2016-10-21.

Presenting ”Klimatavtalet från Paris – utmaningen att gå från ord till handling” at Sustainability Day at School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, 2016-10-18.

“Ekonomiska perspektiv på klimatfrågan”, panel discussant at the Swedish National Conference in Economics at the School of Business, Economics, and Law, University of Gothenburg, 2016-09-30.

Presenting ”Refunding emissions payments” at the Swedish National Conference in Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, 2016-09-30.

Presenting “Att möta klimatutmaningen”, Tuvedialogen lecture, Glöstorpskyrkan, Gothenburg, 2016-09-22.

“Environmental Causation and Public Health”, speaker at launch event for the Master’s Programme in Global Health at Sahlgrenska Academy Institute of Medicine, Wallenberg Conference Center, Gothenburg, 2016-08-29.

Participation in session “Mål och planering för att nå ett klimatsmart transportsystem” at Transporteffektivitetsdagen 2016, Lindholmen Conference Center, Gothenburg, 2016-08-25.

Participation in policy session “Climate and energy policy after the Paris Agreement” at the 22nd Annual Conference of Environmental & Resource Economics, ETH Zürich, 2016-06-24.

Chair of dual plenary session “Energy and the economy: Sensitivity and expectations” at the 39th IAEE International Conference “Energy: Expectations and uncertainty”, Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, 2016-06-20.

Presenting "How to link heterogeneous climate policies?" at the Agenda COP21 High Level Forum at Hotel de Roquelaure, Paris, 2016-06-10.

Presenting "Putting the Paris Agreement to work: Next Steps for Renewable Energy and for Developing Countries" at the fifth annual Alliance Summer School in Science and Policy titled “Complex Interactions in Sustainability” at Columbia University, Paris, 2016-06-07.

Presenting "Changement climatique et autres problèmes de l’environnement" at College de France during the European Sustainable Development Week, Paris, 2016-06-02.

Panel discussant at Nordic conference on economic models and their use in policy making titled "How policy relevant are climate-economic and macroeconomic models?" at Rosenbad Conference Center, Stockholm, 2016-05-25.

Presenting at the conference “Skattereform i Sverige sett från utsidan” organized by Fores and LO at the Swedish Parliament, Stockholm, 2016-05-19.

Keynote speaker at the inauguration of the Chaire Energie et Prospérité at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2016-04-27.

Participation in policy session at the Tibergen Institute Conference "Combating Climate Change. Lessons from Macroeconomics, Political Economy, and Public Finance" at the Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam, 2016-04-22.

Presenting at the symposium "El cuidado de la Casa Común. Lectura desde la Economía" at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogotá, Colombia, 2016-04-18.

Presenting "Vad betyder klimatavtalet från COP21 i Paris?" at the Gothenburg Science Festival, 2016-04-14.

Participation in Forum "Beyond COP21: What is your 2°C Business model?" at Château de Pizay, near Lyon (France), 2016-04-07/08.

Presenting “Discount rates – putting a price on the future” at École Normale Supérieure, Paris, 2016-03-17.

Presenting "Negotiating a tax instead of quotas: Understanding the national interest in negotiations about a harmonized carbon tax" at CERDI, Clermont-Ferrand, 2016-03-02.

Presenting “The road to a low-carbon economy: what does it mean for policy?” at high-level launch event for Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Northern Europe (SDS NE) at Gothia Towers, Gothenburg, 2016-02-26.

Panel discussant at launch event for Sustainable Development Solutions Network in Northern Europe (SDS NE) at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, 2016-02-25.

Participation in "Internationell vetenskaplig hearing: Infrastrukturplaneringens roll för hållbara urbana transporter och minskad klimatpåverkan" at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2016-02-19.

Presentation "Les effets distributifs de taxes locales harmonisées" at Palais Brongniart, Paris, 2016-02-19.

Presentation "Global harmonized carbon pricing - looking beyond COP21" at Paris School of Economics, 2016-02-18.

Presentation “Political economy aspects of harmonized carbon taxation” at the Economics Department at Université de Montpellier, 2016-02-11.

Presentation “La COP21, échec ou avancée? Quels sont les prochains pas?” at Centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement (CIRED), Paris, 2016-02-09.

Participation in seminar "Les enjeux post-COP21: Comment concrétiser les ambitions de l’accord de Paris?" (“Post-COP21 issues: How to realize the ambitions of the Paris agreement?”) organized by Université Paris-Dauphine and Institut Louis Backelier, Palais Brongniart, Paris, 2016-01-18.

Presentation "Refunding Emissions Payments" at Paris School of Economics, Paris, 2016-01-14.

Participation in panel discussion "Equity impacts of carbon pricing and subsidy removal" on OECD side-event at the COP 21, Paris, 2015-12-08.

Video session as a follow up to the inaugural lecture at Collège de France on the Menu of Policy Instruments, Collège de Fance, Paris (with audience located in l'Antenne Afrique des Grands Lacs à Bujumbura (Burundi), Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire),  Antananarivo (Madagascar), Hanoi (Vietnam), Réduit (Ile Maurice), Yaoundé (Cameroun) and Rumania connected via video), 2015-11-25.

Presentation “Savoirs économiques et politiques climatiques” (Economic and political climate knowledge), Paris School of Economics, Paris, 2015-11-19.

Presentation at EfD 9th annual meeting “Climate negotiations, renewable energy and sustainable development. The importance of EfD research in the right areas!”, Shanghai Marriott Hotel Changfeng Park, Shanghai, 2015-11-07.

Participation in round table discussion at the conference "Environmental inequalities: From research to policy", Paris School of Economics, Paris (France), 2015-11-03.

Co-organizer of the symposium "Paris 2015 and Beyond, Cooling the Climate Debate", Collège de France, Paris (France), 2015-10-28/29.

Inagural lecture "Le menu des instruments de politique environnementale" at Collège de France, Paris (France), 2015-10-22. (Click here for English interpretation of the lecture)

Session leader of the seminars "Adaptation et Mitigation: l’Economie des Politiques Climatiques" and "Quel prix pour le carbone?" at Grenoble-Alpes University (UGA), Grenoble (France), 2015-10-14.

Participation in round table discussion on Climate Action organized by Les journées de l'économie, Lyon (France), 2015-10-13.

Presentation “Vart är världen på väg? Hur skall vi möta framtidens hållbarhetsutmaningar?” at the Prins Bertil Seminar 2015, University of Gothenburg, 2015-10-08.

Presentation on climate change at the rock-consert Stormvarning, Malmö Aug 19, 2015. Read the review in Sysvenskan

“India in the coming climate G2” and Session Chair in the Climate change: policy issues session. EAERE 21st Annual Conference, Helsinki. 16.15-18.15, 2015-06-25

“The national interests for carbon price”, presenter at Global Harmonized Carbon Pricing: Looking Beyond Paris, Yale, United States 2015-05-27

“Environmental Economics - pathways to a sustainable future” presenter at “Policies for the Anthropocene”, Sida Development Talks. Stockholm May 19 2015.

“The Long Term Importance of Carbon Pricing” presented at RFF- Indigo seminar: “Looking Ahead toward Paris: International Perspectives on National Commitments“. House of Sweden, Washington D.C. April 21 2015

Moderator in a panel discussion about circular economy. Miljöbalksdagarna at Münchenbryggeriet, Stockholm March 19th 2015

"Pathways to Paris": Is an (ambitious) climate treaty a) necessary and b) possible?” invited seminar at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford, Feb 12th.

 “High-Level Panel Discussion: Catalyzing a global research agenda on fiscal policy” Invited panelist at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Third Annual Conference, “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”, Jan 29 2015, Venice.

“The net emissions effects of fuel taxes”, Paper presented at the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) Third Annual Conference, “Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge – Creating Impact”, Jan 29 2015, Venice

“Theory of Refunding of emission payments”, seminar at the Ecole PolytechniqueParis, Jan 20, 2015.

“Styrmedel för att hantera klimatfrågan”, Donatorernas dag, Handelshögskolan Nov 11, 2014.

"Green fiscal reform and social equity", presentation at the Green Budget Europe Annual Conference, 5th of November 2014, Norway House, Brussels, Belgium.

“Future Paths for Climate Research” Presentation at the EfD 8th Annual Meeting, 25th of October 2014, Ledger Plaza Bahari Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Panel member in the panel discussion at the EfD Policy Day 2014: “From Gold Rush to Gas Gust: Tanzania in Search for Better Way of Natural Gas Use for Sustainable Human Development”, 22nd of October 2014, Golden Tulip Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Organizing and presenting at the climate conference “Beyond IPCC – Future paths for climate research” 17th and 18th of October, at the University of Gothenburg, 2014.

Styrmedelsanalys i globalt perspektiv – exempel från IPCC, Keynote på Forum för tillämpad Samhällsekonomisk Analys 2014, 14 Oktober, Naturvårdsverket, Stockholm

Are carbon taxes the solution? Design of policies to deal with climate change, keynote lecture at the 15th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation, 24-26 September 2014, Copenhagen Denmark

Framtiden för klimatfrågan, Keynote på Mistras 20 års jubileum, Fotografiska museet Sept 16 2014.

Keynote speaker “Managing global changes with national and subnational policies and institutions: examples from the IPCC” at the conference Global IQ: Impact Quantification of Global Changes, 2014-06-17 Bruxelles, Belgium

Presentation of IPCC WGIII at Advisory Board Chalmers Styrkeområde Energi, VIP-rummet, Chalmers kårhus 2014-06-04

”Hur vi integrerar naturens värden i ekonomin”, Panel debatt med Anders Wijkman. Louise Hård af Segerstad, och Klas Eklund., Tillståndet i Miljön 27 maj, Grand Hôtel, Stockholm

“Planning for the future transport sector based on the latest IPCC report” at the conference “Electrified Public Transport in Gothenburg”, May 21-22, 2014

“Från IPCC till Göteborg – Om klimatförändringar och vad vi kan göra åt dem” 13 maj 2014, Handelshögskolan, Göteborg

”Styrning mot klimatmål – nationella, regionala och internationella styrmedel” Stabilisera klimatet – utmaningar och lösningar. 12 maj 2014 Stockholm.

 ”IPCC- rapporten – ”Mitigation of change” åtgärder och styrmedel för minskad klimatpåverkan”, Kommunstyrelsens stadsmiljöråd, Torsdagen den 8 maj 2014 Stora Kollegiesalen, Stockholm

“Multi-Level Governance and Optimal Climate Change Policy Design”, Swedish Energy Agency, Research Programme International Climate Policy, Stockholm 7-8 May 2014

“Environment and Climate change”, presentation at Sida, EUROLATIN Regional Meeting 6 - 8 May 2014, Nacka Hotel in Stockholm

"IPCC AR5 WGIII Government Approval session", Berlin, April 7-12

”Massnahme für Klimawandel” Seminar in ETH Zurich, 20140414

”Interaction of ETS with other national policies with, e.g. renewable policies”, The European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) ‐Taking stock, looking forward: Options for reform 12‐13 February 2014, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels

”Ett hållbart energisystem” Speech delivered to the Dept of Energy, Eskilstuna, Jan 29, 2014

“The Swedish carbon tax reform”. Presented at the Pricing Carbon Initiative network-wide meeting, December 3, 2013 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.

“Natural Resource Management with particular focus on Shark management”, Invited plenary for the Cuban Government National Plan of Action on Sharks, La Habana, Nov 25, 2013.

Public lecture on “Carbon Tax: The Way Forward”, invited by Kerry Smith and Michael Hanneman at Arizona State University in Phenix, Friday, Oct. 11

Invited plenary presentation at the 15th annual BioEcon Conference, September 18-20 2013 in Cambridge, UK on "Conservation and Development: Conflicts and Challenges"

Organized and presented at the “Workshop on the commons in honour of Elinor Ostrom” at the EEA ESEM conference in Gothenburg, 

Invited presentation at the conference “What is the Value of Being First? Perspectives from the California and Sweden Experiences.” Proceedings from the Indigo, RFF, Climateworks conference in San Francisco, May 7, 2013. Organised by Dallas Burtraw.

“Effectos sobre la distribución de ingresso de impuestos sobre combustibles” (Distributional effects of fuel taxation). Paper presented at the Workshop: “Taller de Trabajo Núcleo de Investigación en Economía Ambiental de la Iniciativa Científica Milenio. 14, 15 y 16 de marzo, 2013, Las Termas de Catillo, Chile.

Keynote speaker in the 21st Annual conference of the EAFE, European Association of Fishery Economsts, “Securing the future - Implementing reform in European Fisheries” 15th – 17th April 2013, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Thomas will be a keynote speaker in the 15th Annual Bioecon Conference on “Conservation and Development: Exploring Conflicts and Challenges”

“Effectos sobre la distribución de ingresso de impuestos sobre combustibles” (Distributional effects of fuel taxation). Paper presented at the Workshop: “Taller de Trabajo Núcleo de Investigación en Economía Ambiental de la Iniciativa Científica Milenio. 14, 15 y 16 de marzo, 2013, Las Termas de Catillo, Chile.

“La economía del manejo compartido de cuotas”. (The economics of Catch Shares) Lecture given at course for policy makers: POLÍTICAS AMBIENTALES Y DE MANEJO DE RECURSOS PESQUEROS BASADAS EN DERECHOS DE PROPIEDAD, by the Universidad de Concepción, Chile, March 14, Termas de Catillo, Chile

 “Manejo sostenible de pesquerías”, (Sustainable Fisheries Management) III Encuentro sobre Manejo Comparido por Cuotas en La Paz, México Jan 22-24.

“Behavioral economics and the Climate Challenge”, Invited presentation at the Zero Conference, Oslo, Nov 19-20 2012.
Thomas Sterner participated in a debate on Climate economics with John Hassler, Åsa Romson and Roger Tiefensee at the ”National Conference in economics, Aula Magnum, Stockholm University, 27-28 september 2012”

Thomas Sterner gave a Plenary Presentation, Green growth - Anything new under the sun, on Green Growth at the Sida Development Talks, 17 September 2012, “After Rio 20: Next steps towards inclusive green growth”

Thomas Sterner was invited speaker at the Resource 2012 in Oxford held 12-13 July: Property rights are key for resource efficiency.

Thomas Sterner participated in a debate on European Fisheries, Almedalen, Briggen Tre Kronor, Visby Hamn 3/7 2012, arrangerad av WWF (“FISKPINNENS FRAMTID– är utfiskningen av haven ekonomiskt försvarbar?”).

Thomas Sterner spoke at European Parliament about managing fishing overcapacity on April 24 2012. It was a public hearing on the subject “The feasibility of Transferable Fishing Concessions in the context of Common Fisheries Policy Reform” organized by The Committee on Fisheries of the European Parliament. Read more.

Thomas Sterner was invited to speak on environmental tax reform in the Assemblée Nationale in Paris on 15 March, 2012.
To watch the video, please click this link, scroll down, click on the photo of Thomas Sterner to start the video. Sterner´s speech starts after 5.15 minutes:

Thomas Sterner was invited speaker at the World Bank ABCDE conference held in Stockholm June 2010 on Green Growth and Climate Change. Please visit the Swedish ABCDE-site, www.sweden.gov.se/abcde2010, to find the Webcast on demand, scroll down and press "Environmental Commons and the Green Economy" - Thomas Sterner is introduced by the chair Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University. Sterner´s speech starts after 3:20 minutes.

External engagements

Thomas Sterner is active in a number of boards and has received several award/honours for instance:

  • Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University Collage Dublin 2019
  • Nominating Committee for the 2019 EAERE Fellows
  • Pro Studio et Scientia Award, University of Gothenburg, October 2019.
  • EAERE Fellow 2019
  • Mottagare av Diplom som ”Mötesambassadör” av Göteborgs Stads 2018 (Honorary award by the City of Gothenburg)
  • President of the Local Organizing Committee for the World Conference of Environmental and Resource Economics, held in Gothenburg June 2018.
  • Elected Guest Professor at the Collège de France 2015-16
  • Member of the Swedish governments council for Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Fiscal Reformer of the Year Award 2014, Green Budget Europe
  • Elected Guest Professor at the Collège de France 2015-16
  • Honorary Guest professor University of Cape Town
  • Member of the Steering committee of the “Collaborative Innovation Center for Regional Environmental Quality” at Tsinghua University, Peking University, Nanjing University and Tongji University.
  • Member of the local organizing committee for the EEA ESEM conference in Gothenburg, 
  • Member of the High-Level Advisory Panel for the Mid-Term Evaluation of the UK International Climate Fund - 2013.
  • Member of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Gothenburg (Kungl. Vetenskaps- och Vitterhets-Samhället i Göteborg (KVVS) ) 2013-
  • Visiting Chief Economist at EDF 2012-13.
  • President of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 2008-2009, Past President 2010-2011.
  • Member of the External Advisory Board of SESYNC (National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Cente" http://sesync.org/
  • Associate Editor of the Journal Environmental and Resource Economics, 2012-
  • University of Gothenburg Collaboration Prize 2011 for the Unit for Environmental Economics, Received together with Anders Ekbom and Gunnar Köhlin.
  • Member of the High Level Climate Reference group to the Environment minister in Sweden, 2011-
  • Advisory Board: Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean" at the University of Kiel 2011-
  • Member of the External High-Level Review Panel for the report “Climate Change and the World Bank Group”
  • Board of MISTRA 2010-
  • Lead Author for the IPCC AR5
  • Member of the Informal Expert Advisory Panel on Climate Change to the Department of the Taoiseach, Government of Ireland, 2008-9.
  • Member of the Board of Academic advisors to the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, CCAP of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  • Member of the High-Level network of leading economists (organized by DG Environment and the EEA in Copenhagen).
  • Pedagogical prize of Göteborg University, 2003, Environmental Economics.
  • University Fellow at the Resources for the Future since 2001
  • Board member of the Local Investment Programs (LIP) of the Ministry of the environment, 2002-5
  • Research Advisory Committee for SANDEE, the South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics, 1999- .
  • External Examiner for environmental economics in the AERC, African Economic Research Consortium, 2000- 
  • Myrdal Prize 2008 has been awarded to Thomas Sterner and Martin Persson for their article "Konsensus i förändring - Klimatekonomi efter Stern", in Ekonomisk Debatt nr 4, 2008. This article is based on the following article: Thomas Sterner and Martin Persson, (2008),"An Even Sterner Report": Introducing Relative Prices into the Discounting Debate, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy,  vol 2, issue 1.

In media

  1. Forskare i ny studie: ”Parisavtalet ekonomiskt optimalt” (The Paris Agreement economically optimal), article in Dagens Industri about the new article "Climate economics support for the UN climate target". 2020-07-13.
  2. Let’s not waste this chance to transition to an environmentally sustainable future” Letter to the editor by Thomas Sterner and Thomas Kåberger, Financial Times. 2020-03-27.
  3. Svensk kärnkraft - Hur realistisk är den nya kärntekniken?” (How realistic is the new nuclear technology?), program on nuclear power in Radio Sweden Vetenskapsradion På Djupet. 2020-02-25.
  4. DN Debatt. ”Inrikta svensk klimatpolitik på globala utsläppsminskningar” (Focus Swedish climate policy on global emissions reductions), Debate article in Dagens Nyheter together with several other signatories, based on their recent report, "SNS Konjunkturråd 2020: Svensk politik för globalt klimat”.
  5. “Experten: Det är meningen att folk ska bli upprörda över bensinpriset” (People are supposed to be upset by the gasoline price) Interview in SVT Nyheter. 2019-10-23.
  6. ”Carbonated? Markets may be underpricing climate-related risk”, Interview with Mukanjari and Sterner concerning their recent working paper on the Trump Election and the Paris Agreement. The Economist, 2018-05-24.
  7. “Is Sweden green enough?” Inteview for Le Monde diplomatique (English edition) by Florence Beaugé, August 2017.
  8. "The Paris climate-change conference needs to be more ambitious" Debate Article in The Economist by Thomas Sterner, 2015-11-18.
  9. Rio Isn’t All Lost” Opinion in the New York Times, NYT, with Christian Azar and Gernot Wagner. 2012 06 19.
  10. “How to Pass a Gas Tax” Interviewed in Harvard Political Review By Will Rafey —, 2010-06-01.

“Policy Design for the Anthropocene” with Åsa Löfgren, Sverker Carlsson Jagers and Will Steffen , After the Paper blog post on article in Nature Sustainability. Nature Sustainability Community. 2020-11-17.

”Kan corona ge draghjälp åt klimatomställningen?” interview in Radio Sweden on the opportunity for a green re-start of the economy with Corona stimulus money. 2020-10-16.

"Miljöekonom: Styr om tillväxten för klimatet" interview in Svenska Dagbladet about climate economics and growth. 2020-10-11.

Interview on carbon pricing with Le Monde Journalist Marjorie Cessac for Climatico. 2020-10-06.

Forskare i ny studie: ”Parisavtalet ekonomiskt optimalt”, article in Dagens Industri about the new article Climate economics support for the UN climate target. 2020-07-13.

Hårdare klimapolitik bäst för ekonomin”, interview and raportation about the Nature climate change article, Aftonbladet. 2020-07-13.

Tuffa klimatåtgärder är bra för ekonomin”, interview and article about the Natur Climate Change article Climate economics support for the UN climate target, Göteborgs Posten. 2020-07-13.

Nobelpristagare räknade fel, enligt ny forskning”, interview in Svenska Dagbladet about the Natur Climate Change article Climate economics support for the UN climate targets. 2020-07-13

Yes, we can manage fisheries”, World Ocean Day blog post for Springer Nature Sustainability Community, by Håkan Eggert and Thomas Sterner. 2020-06-07.

Grå himmel gav intresse för grön ekonomi”, interview for Länsförsäkringar. 2020-05-28.  

Corona, klimatet och morgondagens ekonomier”, podcast episode for Länsförsäkningar on the coronavirus, the climate and the economy (in Swedish). 2020-05-28.  

Livet efter coronakrisen”, interview by Izabella Rosengren in article published at forskning.se, a research forum spreading Swedish research from universities and research institutes to the society. 2020-05-14.

Interview in Swedish Television, Agenda (from 21.28 min). 2020-05-03.

T. Sterner, Liberté ou confinement en temps de peste. Quelques réflexions tirées de "l'approche suédoise" (Freedom or confinement in the Time of Plague. Some reflections on the Swedish approach), Fondation du Collège de France, 2020-04-24

COVID response: Use public finances to support change”, Earth Day blog post for Springer Nature Sustainability Community, by Thomas Sterner, Thomas Kåberger, Estelle Cantillon and Claude Henry. 2020-04-21.

Samband mellan Corona-och klimatkriserna”, radio interview in Studio Ett (from 18.20 min into the program), Sveriges Radio. 2020-03-30.

Let’s not waste this chance to transition to an environmentally sustainable future” Letter to the editor by Thomas Sterner and Thomas Kåberger, Financial Times. 2020-03-27.

Fossilindustrin och subventionerna”, radio program on fossil fule subsidies. Sveriges Radio Klotet. 2020-03-03. 

Svensk kärnkraft - Hur realistisk är den nya kärntekniken?”, program on nuclear power in Vetenskapsradion På Djupet. 2020-02-25.

USA och Kina som klimatföreträdare”, interview in the podcast Klimatet. 2020-02-24.

Sweden in Transition #10 - Thomas Sterner”, interview by Sonia Le Masne, Sweden in Transition Podcast. 2020-02-05.

Världsskatt ska rädda planeten – så ser den ut”, Interview by Valdemar Lönnroth, Göteborgs Posten. 2020-01-27.

DN Debatt. ”Inrikta svensk klimatpolitik på globala utsläppsminskningar”, Debate article in Dagens Nyheter together with several other signatories, based on their recent report “SNS Konjunkturråd 2020: Svensk politik för globalt klimat”. The report has also been highlighted in: DI TV, SVT Rapport (from 7.10) and Swedish Radio. 2020-01-15.

2019-12-18. "Zahlen für das Klima - Vorbild Schweden?" Interview by Sohad Khaldi published on Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) newspage.

2019-12-16.”Två GU-röster om klimatmötet”. Comments on COP25 in Madrid, University of Gothenburg news press.

2019-12-07. “Klimatförhandlingarna pågår”. Göteborgs Posten. This is the eight in a series of monthly opinion pieces.

2019-12-06.Preparing tomorrow’s leadership for climate change”. Journalistic article in Ambition, the monthly magazine of the association of MBAS (AMBA) together with Åsa Löfgren, page 13-14.

2019-12-04. ”Is the key to saving the climate less meddling from politicians? - We need long-term thinking in climate policy – here’s a reform to get us there”. Journalistic article in Apolitical together with Jessica Coria.

2019-11-22.Myndigheter anlitar bolag i skatteparadis för klimatkompensation”. Cited in article on climate compensation by Lisa Röstlund, Dagens Nyheter.

2019-11-15.Miljöekonomi-En svårknäckt nöt” Interview by Ulf Källström och Janne Lundgren, Perspektiv Göteborg podcast.

2019-11-10.Svenska forskarna: Därför skrev vi under uppropet”. Commnets on the signing the”Call to declare a climate emergency”. The call is initiated by a new study by 11,258 scientists in 153 countries from a broad range of disciplines, published in the journal Bio Science on November 5th 2019. 

2019-11-07. Professorn om Borås klimatmål: ”Hiskeligt mycket”. Interview by Per-Olof Stjärnered in SVT Nyheter.

2019-10-25. “Styr mot en bättre miljö- Thomas Strener tror på en bättre miljö”. Interview by Göran Nyberg in Tidningen Västsverige. 

2019-10-23. "Experten: Det är meningen att folk ska bli upprörda över bensinpriset” Interwiev by Anna Adersjö in SVT Nyheter. .

2019-09-27. "Hat Schweden den Heiligen Gral zur Klimarettung gefunden?". Interview by Andreas Bachmann in the Austrian magazine Moment.

2019-09-17. "Liten effekt på bilkörandet när bensinskatten höjs". Interview by Jonas Löfvenberg in SVT Nyheter.

2019-09-10. Wer hat Angst vor der CO2-Steuer?”. Interview by Andreas Bachmann in the Austrian magazine Moment.

2019-07-19.“Interview about export credits for fossil investments”, Annika Wilhelmson, Dagens Nyheter. 

2019-01-17 ”Forskare: Det här är bästa skatten för miljön”. Interview by Jesper Vighagen for SVT Nyheter.

2019-01-05 ”Att vända ett tankfartyg”. Article in Göteborgs Posten.

2019-01-01 ”Sverige kan rädda Amazonas”. Debate article in Svenska Dagbladet together with several other researchers.

2018-12-18 “Konsten att göra en koldioxidavgift populär”. Interview by Marie-Louise Kristola in Swedish Radio P1, Vetandets värld.

2018-12-14 ”Taxe carbone : sur quels pays peut prendre exemple la France?” Interview in Libération.

2018-12-14 ”100 företag står för 71 procent av utsläppen”. Interview in Dagens Arena.

2018-12-05 ”Del 2: Det kritiserade ekonomipriset – En skamfläck för Nobel”. Interview by Camilla Widebeck for Swedish Radio, Vetandets värld. See also: ”Del 1: Det kritiserade ekonomipriset – Nordhaus byggde ihop ekonomi och klimat”.

2018-11-28 “#MeetTopEnvEcon – Thomas Sterner”. Interview by Ingman Schumacher.

2018-11-06 ”Världshandeln har varit förödande för miljön på många platser”. Debate Article (reply) in Dagens Nyheter by Göran Berndes, Christel Cederberg, Göran Finnveden, Linn Persson, Martin Persson and Thomas Sterner.

2018-11-03 “Forskare: tiden på väg att rinna ut” interview by Andreas Granath in Göteborgs Posten.

2018-10-18 ”Nordea vilseleder konsumenterna” debate article in Göteborgs Posten by Fredrik Hedenus, Christian Azar, Olof Johansson-Stenman, Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén, Tomas Sterner.

2018-10-17 Interview about IPCC 1.5 degree target in Aktuell Hållbarhet by Pernilla Strid.

2018-10-10 ”Ekonomipristagaren litar på marknadens lösningar”Interview in ETC by Daniel Rossetti.

2018-10-08 Interview in Aktuellt in Swedish national television, SVT.

2018-10-08“Glädjande, men en aning sent”.Interview by Marie Kennedy in Göteborgs Posten.

2018-10-08”Göteborgsprofessor: Stora förändringar väntar om vi inte får bukt med utsläppen”. Interview local radio chanel P4 Göteborg.

2018-10-08 ”De tilldelas ekonomipriset till Alfred Nobels minne”. Interview in Aftonbladet by Josefin Silverberg.

2018-09-14 Video interview by Karin Gyllenklev at Vetenskapsfestivalen.

2018-09-13 Interview in French Radio “France Culture”about Swedish and French Carbon taxation.

2018-09-06”Effektiv klimatpolitik”. Web post at Ekonomistas.

2018-09-03 Radio intervju, Studio Ett, Reporter Christian Gierow.

2018-06-14 Klimatförändringen kostar mer än vi tror”, interview with Magnus Hansén concerning climate damages in Finnish Radio, YLE Vega.

2018-08-30 ”Vetandets värld; Svenska påtryckningar påverkar EUs klimatpolitik”, radio interview P4, MarieLouise Kristola.

2018-08-14 ”Ju förr vi blir fossilfria desto bättre för alla” Göteborgs Posten, with Christian Azar.

2018-08-09 Upprop för demokrati och fullständiga mänskliga rättigheter i Israel, Dagens Nyheter.

2018-08-13”Skatteparadis kopplas samman med miljöförstöring”, interviewed by Niklas Zachrisson, SR, Vetenskapsradion.

2018-05-25 Interview in vetenskapsradion by Katarina Sundberg, regarding article of climate damages in Nature by Marshall et al.

2018-05-23 “Carbon taxes, pricing sweep statehouses and foreign governments, even as U.S. resists”. Interview of T Sterner by James Osborne The Houston Cronicle.

2018-05-24 ”Carbonated? Markets may be underpricing climate-related risk”, Interview with Mukanjari and Sterner concerning their recent working paper on the Trump Election and the Paris Agreement. The Economist.

2018-03-24 ”Felaktigt och oetiskt resonemang om migration”, reply in ETC, with several co-authors.

2018-02-16 ”Frankrike inför högre koldioxidskatt med Sverige som förebild”. Interview in SR Vetenskapsradion.

2018-02-13 Frankrike höjer koldioxidskatten”. Interview in SR Vetenskapsradion.
 

2017-06-29 ”Climate change will hit the poorest the hardest in the U.S.”. Cited in article by Brian Kahn, Climate Central.

2017-06-02 "Västsvensk oro efter Trumps besked: 'Ond vilja'" Interview in Borås Tidning by Jan Lindsten.

2017-05-29 "Europeisk stålindustri i öppet brev till EU" Interview for SR Ekot by Robin Salomonsson.

2017-03-29 "Stort intresse för gröna investeringar" Interview for SR Vetenskapsradion by Marie-Louise Kristola.

2017-02-06 ”Koldioxiden blir dyrare för varje årInterview for SR Vetenskapsradion by Agnes Faxén.

2016-04-30 ”Så kan Sverige bli ledande nation i resurseffektivitet debate article in Dagens Nyheter by Kenneth Bengtsson, Leif Brodén, Charlotte Brogren, Kerstin Cederlöf, Åke Iverfeldt, Henrik Lampa, Erik Lautmann, Lars-Erik Liljelund, Martin Lundstedt, Anders Narvinger, Björn O Nilsson, Gunilla Nordlöf, Maud Olofsson, Johan Skoglund, Thomas Sterner, Björn Stigson, Åke Svensson, Caroline Ankarcrona, Joakim Rådström.

2016-04-25 "A la economía petrolera le quedan pocos anos de vida" interview in Portafolio by Juan C. Domínguez.

2016-04-25 Financial Times "We have the agreement — now we need a carbon tax" letter by Thomas Sterner.

2016-04-25 "Por petróleo, Colombia no puede arriesgar sus parques" interview by Laura Betancur Alarcón in El Tiempo.

2016-04-21 "Farliga kemikalier måste fasas ut snabbare" debate article by Daniel Slunge, Thomas Sterner and Thomas Backhaus in Svenska Dagbladet.

2016-03-15 “Delade meningar om CO2-skatt interview in Sjöbefälen.

2016-02-29  "Att fimpa koldioxidskatten sänder ödesdiger signal" by Thomas Sterner, Olof Johansson-Stenman and Jessica Coria in Göteborgsposten.

2016-02-10 ”Kärnkraftslobbyn hotar regeringen med elkaosinterview in ETC.

2016-01-18 "IMF: Inför miljöskatt på flyg och fartyg" interview in ETC.

2016-01-15 ”Skatten har trots allt fungerat bra debate article by Johan Rockström, Thomas Sterner, Lars Zetterber and Markus Wråke in Svenska Dagbladet.

2016-01-13 "Svårt nå miljömål utan bensinskatt" interview by Eva Olsson in Fria Tidningen.

2015-12-30 "Ce qu’il faut penser de l’accord sur le climat" ("What to think of the climate agreement") article by Roger Guesnerie and Thomas Sterner in Les Echos.

2015-12-29 "Sveriges koldioxidskatt är en förebild" debate article by Johan Rockström, Thomas Sterner, Lars Zetterberg and Markus Wråke in Svenska Dagbladet.

2015-12-12 "Trafikverket på kollisionskurs med klimatmålen" debate article by Magnus Blinge, Göran Finnveden, Mattias Höjer, Karolina Isaksson, Anders Roth, Frances Sprei, Thomas Sterner and Jonas Åkerman in Götrborgs Posten.

2015-11-30 "Ny teknik och förnybart ljusglimtar i klimatmörkret" debate article in Göteborgs Posten by Thomas Sterner in Göteborgs Posten.

2015-11-25 "From Copenhagen to Paris - The Current State of Climate Negotiations" article by Richie Ahuja, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Thomas Sterner, and Gernot Wagner Foreign Affairs.

2015-11-23 "Inga belägg för att ambitiös klimatpolitik ger minskad tillväxt", debate article by Thomas Sterner and Gunnar Köhlin in Dagens Nyheter.

2015-11-23 "FN-mötet går för långsamt" interview in Göteborgs Posten.

2015-11-18 The Economist "The Paris climate-change conference needs to be more ambitious" article.

2015-11-14 "En dag kommer hela världen att ha koldioxidskatt" interview in Klimatpodden (in Swedish).

2015-11-12 "Bad COP21" interview (in French) by Philippe Plassart in Le nouvel Economiste.

2015-11-05 "Tar plats i Paris finrum" interview (in Swedish) in GU-journalen.

2015-10-22  Radio interview about the comment article in Nature on the "Higher costs of climate change" in WDR 5.

2015-10-21 "Vi jobbar bäst vid 13 grader Celsius" article about the comment article in Nature on the "Higher costs of climate change".

2015-10-10 "Climat: le progrès technique pourrait pallier la paralysie politique" article in Le Monde.

2015-09-26 "Miljöprofessor ger Kinas besked tummen upp" interview by Helén Preutz in Swedish Radio Ekot.

2015-09-18 "Ljusglimtar inför Paris" debate article by Thomas Sterner in Miljömagasinet.

2015-09-03 ”Förnybar energi kan bli räddning för klimatet” interview by Peter Alestig in Svenska Dagbladet.

2015-08-07 ”Artister tar upp kampen mot klimathotet”about the concert Stormvarning on climate change, Dagens Nyheter.

2015-07-07 “Nu är vindkraften större än kärnkraften” by Karin Annebäck in ETC.

2015-07-01 “Kemikalieskatter bidrar till en giftfri miljö” Opinion article together with Jessica Coria, Daniel Slunge, Lena Gipperth, Thomas Backhaus, and Pernilla Rendahl in Svenska Dagbladet.

2015-06-04  "Oljebolag söker FN-samarbete om utsläppshandel” interview by Marie-Louise Kristola in Swedish Radio P1 Klotet.

2015-06-14  ”Det territoriella perspektivet fortfarande viktigast”, Reply with co-authored with Christian Azar and Olof Johansson-Stenman in Dagens Nyheter Debatt.

2015-03-17 ”Vi kan inte ropa halleluja än” article about the newly released CO2 emission statistics for 2014 in Miljöaktuellt.

2015-03-04  ”LRF och Svenskt flyg svarar inte om klimatmålen” Reply together with David Andersson, Christian Azar, Anders Biel, David Bryngelsson, Olof Drakenberg, Tommy Gärling, Fredrik Hedenus, John Holmberg, Sverker C. Jagers, Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén, Cecilia Solér, and Stefan Wirsenius in Dagens Nyheter Debatt.

2015-02-27  ”Nu krävs kraftfulla åtgärder mot nötkött och flygresor”Opinion article together with David Andersson, Christian Azar, Anders Biel, David Bryngelsson, Olof Drakenberg, Tommy Gärling, Fredrik Hedenus, John Holmberg, Sverker C. Jagers, Jörgen Larsson, Jonas Nässén, Cecilia Solér, and Stefan Wirsenius in Dagens Nyheter Debatt.

2014-11-06 ”Hur ser framtidens klimatforskning ut efter IPCC-rapporten?” article for MISTRA.

2014-10-15  ”Tekniska genvägar till bättre klimat oroar” article in Göteborgs Posten.

2014 ”En krona för klimatet är allt som krävs” Interview,  FORSKNING Nr 1-2.

2014 ”Högtryck för solenergi” interview about solar energy, Miljöaktuellt Nr 7.

2014-08-27 Australiens CO2-skatt gav effekt” , interview by Johan Bergendorff in Swedish Radio Klotet.

2014-06-12 "Analysen: Vilka styrmedel löser klimathotet?" article in Miljöaktuellt .

2014-06-11 Swedish Radio P1 Klotet ”OECD sätter betyg på den svenska miljöpolitiken

2014-06-11 ”OECD: Höj svenska miljöskatter interview on  The OECD report in Swedish radio

2014-05 ”Än finns tid att rädda klimatet!” GU Journalen.

2014-05-12 "Inte rimligt med överdomare för klimatet" opinion article together with Christian Azar and Tomas Kåberger in Dagens Nyheter Debatt.

2014-04-28  "Köttskatt mot klimatutsläpp" interview by Niklas Zachrisson in SVT Vetenskap.

2014-04-14  Vetenskap och Miljö, chat with listeners in Swedish Radio.

2014-04-13 "Det svenska exemplet visar vägen för världen", opinion article by Thomas Sterner in Dagens Nyheter Debatt.

2014-04-10 "IPCC Report: Pricing of CO2 Emissions Critical" Special Issue on Climate Change by Karin Backteman for Environment for Development.

2014-04-07  "Utsläppen dyrare än vi tror, framtida generationer kommer få betala" interview by Jens Andersson in Swedish Radio.

2014-02-24 "EU:s bensinskatter har betytt mer än ETS", opinion article about environmental taxes in Miljöaktuellt. 

2013-01-25  ”Temperaturhöjning på fyra grader inte osannolik” (Temperature increase of 4 degrees not unlikely), replik med Markku Rummukainen och 8 andra klimatforskare in Dagens Nyheter Debatt.

2013-01-13  ”Klimatförändringar stort eller litet samhällsproblem”, comment to interview with Per Krusell in Swedish Radio.

2012-10-27  ”Tål elnätet mer vindkraft?” interview in Forskning och Framsteg.

2012-10-26 "Precio de gasolina jugará un papel clave para bajar emisiones de carbono", Thomas Sterner interviewed by Costa Rican El Financiero.

2012-06-18  "Rio Isn’t All Lost" By Christian Azar, Thomas Sterner And Gernot Wagner in The New York Times.

2012-03-29 "Fiscalité environnementale en Suède: un exemple pour la France?" interview by Sophie Fabrégat in Actu-Environnement.

2012-03-23  Bid to end subsidy stirs protest in Nigeria – Unrest highlights problems of mismanagement and corruption
Professor Thomas Sterner is interviewed in the April issue of the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal, published by the Strategic Communications Division of the United Nations Department of Public Information. The article will also appear in the print edition of Africa Renewal, April 2012, page 8.

2012-02-04 Galamedia: "Pembatasan BBM Gagal di Eropa" (In Bahasa only, the official language of Indonesia. Rough translation: Quantity Restriction on subsidize oil will not work as it didn't in Europe).

2012-02-03 Pikiran Rayat Online: Pembatasan BBM Bersubsidi tidak Efektif (In Bahasa only, the official language of Indonesia. Rough translation: Subsidized fuel restriction is not effective).

2012-02-03 Antara News: Emil Salim: jangan perkeruh isu BBM (In Bahasa only, the official language of Indonesia. Rough translation: Emil Salim: Give people correct information about oil subsidy).

2012-01-15 Business Live, South Africa: Petrol taxes won't hurt the poor http://www.businesslive.co.za/southafrica/sa_markets/2012/01/15/petrol-taxes-won-t-hurt-the-poor?mode=all

2012-01-12 "Fuel Taxes on the Poor with Author Thomas Sterner". In light of the Fuel Subsidy Strike action happening in Nigeria ABN takes a look at the effect of Fuel taxes on the poor and discuss it with Thomas Sterner, Professor of Environmental Economics in Gothenburg & Washington. The tv-show (7.10 minutes) was broadcasted via cable throughout Africa and in England on CNBC Africa/ABN, South Africa:.

2012-01-12  "Vansinne subventionera bensin i ett land där folk dör av brist på rent vatten" in Swedish Radio Klotet.

2012-01-11  "Statlig rea på bensin ger ökade klimatutsläpp". Thomas Sterner intervjuas om det fördubblade bensinpriset i Nigeria, och om slutsatserna i sin nya bok Fuel Taxes and the Poor, The Distributional Effects of Gasoline Taxation and Their Implications for Climate Policy, Sveriges Radio Vetenskapsradion Klotet:.

2011-11-29 "Bensinskatten slår inte mot fattiga" interview by Susanna Baltscheffsky in Svenska Dagbladet

2011-11-29  Höjd bensinskatt drabbar inte fattiga hårdare än de rika. Diskussion mellan Thomas Sterner och Maria Spetz, VD Motormännens riksförbund, Sveriges Radio.

2011-02-10 Swedish Radio P4: Interview concerning researcvh funding, by Jonas Hägglund for Västekot.

2010-06-01 "How to pass a gas tax - the politics of an unpopular policy" interview by Will Rafey in Harvard Political Review

2009-8  Replik till Radetzki-Lundgren av Klas Eklund, Olle Häggström, Markku Rummukainen och Thomas Sterner i Ekonomisk Debatt.

2009-11-20 "Fixons à 2050 la réduction de 50 % des émissions de CO2", by Roger Guesnerie and Thomas Sterner.
Opinion article published by the well respected French newspaper Le Monde, written by Thomas Sterner, President of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, and  Professor of environmental economics, University of Gothenburg, and Roger Guesnerie, Professor, Collège de France, and President of Paris School of Economics.

2009-11-09  "Big advantage of discussing 2050"
"Prospects for climate talks in Copenhagen are not good. We think the main reason is the considerable distance between the parties when it comes to burden of payment and obligations", says Professors Thomas Sterner, President of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics, and Roger Guesnerie, President of Paris School of Economics. Their letter is published in the comment section of The Financial Times, one of the world¿s leading business news organisations.

2009-07-06  "Debate on Fuel Subsidies" by Robinsson, Sterner and Akpalu in Business and Financial times of Ghana. Debattartikel som bygger på pågående forskning om inkomstfördelningseffekter av klimatpolitik  i form av bensinskatter. EfD planerar en bok med en serie artiklar om hur bensinskatter slår avseende fördelningen av kostnader bland olika inkomst grupper. En vanlig - men generellt felaktig - uppfattning  är att bensinskatter slår mot de fattiga. Vi bemöter detta - bland annat genom detta debattinlägg i Ghana där bränslepriserna nyligen höjts och många protester hörts!

2009-9 "Konsten att kasta stenar i växthuset",
Debattartikel som bemöter Radetzki och Lundgren som argumenterar emot klimatförändringarna, Ekonomisk Debatt.

2009-07-27 "Débat sur le Tax sur le Carbonne"
Participated by link in French Ch 24 Television program: "France 24, the French international news channel, is dedicating its debate today to Carbon tax, the day before Michel Rocard (former French Prime minister) presents his report on carbon tax to the French government". Other participants in the debate: Dominique PAILLE, Porte-parole de l´UMP; Emmanuel COMBET, Economiste, CIRED; Jean-Marc FÉDIDA. Avocat, essayiste.

2008-09-13 "Klimatsmart politik"
Jenny Jewert, vetenskapsjournalist och fristående kolumnist i Dagens Nyheter, skriver på ledarsidan om effektiv klimatpolitik och apropå Sternrapporten referar hon till Thomas Sterner.

2009-04-14 "En grön Keynes ska rädda världen" , intervju i Affärsvärlden

2008-06-24  "Billigare än beräknat att uppnå klimatmål", artikel i Dagens Nyheter Debatt

2008-05-22  "Torsken i Västerhavet kan vara utan räddning", debattartikel i Göteborgs Posten

2007-12-14  "Låt yrkesfiskarna äga fiskevattnen", debattartikel i Göteborgs Posten

2007-4 "Nu räknar ekonomerna med miljön", artikel i Naturvetaren

2006-12-18  "Miljöforskning mot fattigdom", GU Journalen

2006-12-19 Profilen, GU Journalen

2006:1 MISTRAs Nyhetsbrev: "I Fokus"

Policy

This section contains interesting reports on the current state of our climate, environmental economics, emissions, natural resources and much more.

  • “We talk and talk about taxing carbon. Meanwhile lobbyists secure enormous subsidies instead.” IMF Working paper
  • Carbon markets around the world are continuing to expand and gather momentum, according to a series of case studies released by IETA, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and CDC Climat Research today, despite diverse challenges. The World's Carbon Markets
  • Forest Trends' Ecosystem Marketplace has released a retrospective report of transaction activity on the global voluntary carbon markets over the last decade, up to and including information on 2014 transactions. The report finds that companies, governments, and individuals voluntarily spent just under $4.5 billion to transact nearly one billion carbon offsets from projects that halt deforestation, install renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, distribute cleaner-burning cookstoves, and more. Ahead of the Curve: State of the Voluntary Carbon Markets 2015.
     

Lectures/videos

Below follows a number of interviews and lectures presented by Thomas Sterner related to current topics in environmental economics.

Two Degrees of Difference

Thomas Sterner discusses global climate goals at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Video (1:00:21)
2 Degrees of Difference - A Discussion of Global Climate Goals

#MeetTopEnvEcon

Ingmat Schumacher meets Thomas Sterner for an interview. (November 2018).

Video (12:09)
#MeetTopEnvEcon - Thomas Sterner

 


The International Science Festival Gothenburg

Karin Gyllenklev meets Thomas Sterner at Vetenskapsfestivalen (Gothenburg, 2018-09-14)

Video (4:39)
72. THOMAS STERNER

 


Fossil free – but how?

Thomas Sterner plenary speech at Fossilfritt Sverige (Stockholm, 2018-09-06).

 


The Risk of Climate Change

Thomas Sterner discuss the most efficient tools to mitigate those risks from the perspective of policymakers, corporates and the (re)insurance industry (SCOR, 2018-07-11).

Video (21:35)
The Risk of Climate Change

Hur kan politiken, tekniken och individen bidra till en smart klimatpolitik?

Thomas Sterner participates in a debate with Isabella Lövin, Minister for Climate and Vice Prime minister in Sweden. (Handelshögskolan Göteborg, 2018-01-31

Video (16:36)
Paneldebatt: Hur kan politiken, tekniken och individen bidra till en smart klimatpolitik?

 



Did Paris Solve the Climate Problem?

In a plenary talk at 13th Annual Conference on Economic Growth and Development Thomas Sterner asks “Did Paris Solve the Climate Problem?” (Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, 2017-12-20).

Video (1:13:32)
Plenary Talk by Thomas Sterner 20th Dec, 2017, ISI Delhi

 


Åtgärder för att begränsa klimatförändringar - IPCC:s tredje delrapport

At this seminar you will hear Thomas Sterner present the results of the Third Interim Report of the IPCC, which deals with measures to limit climate change. (Seminar at the University of Gothenburg, 2015-03-23)

Video (2:03:10)
Thomas Sterner om IPCC:s tredje delrapport -- åtgärder för klimatförändringar

 


Explaining Ramsey

Thomas Sterner's web lecture on the Ramsey Rule: What is discounting and how much do we care about the future?

Video (15:53)
Explaining Ramsey

 


Pathways to Paris

In this lecture you will hear Thomas Sterner talk about the climate negotiations leading up to Paris. (Lecture recorded in May 2015).

Video (22:48)
Pathway to Paris

 


The Menu of Environmental Policy Instruments

Thomas Sterner discusses the policies available to mitigate environmental damages at his inaugural lecture at Collège de France. More lectures with Thomas Sterner at Collège de France can be found here(Lecture recorded in October 2015).

Video (1:08:28)
The Menu of Environmental Policy Instruments

 


 

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

Teaching areas

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy

COP 21 UN Climate Change Conference

In this section you can find links to material related to the Climate Conference in Paris 2015. You can read Thomas Sterners thoughts about the conference on his EfD-blog.

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, took place in Paris between November 30 and December 11. For the first time in over 20 years of UN Climate negotiations it was aimed to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the objective of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

For some background information leading up to Paris, see for example:

  • In the lecture “Pathways to Paris” you will hear Thomas Sterner talk about the climate negotiations leading up to Paris. Is an ambitious climate treaty necessary and possible?
  • One month before the Climate Conference in Paris Thomas Sterner (together with Roger Guesnerie) organized a two-day symposium on the theme Climate Change, where some the world's leading climate researchers participated. Watch the presentations from the symposium "Paris 2015 and beyond, cooling the climate debate" here.
  • The paper "Beyond IPCC, Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond" provides a summary of the knowledge leading up to the Climate Conference and a review of literature broadening the climate debate.
  • For an overview of the menu of instruments to limit climate change, watch Thomas Sterner's inaguaral lecture at Collége de France here.
  • Read Thomas Sterner's thoughts about what could be expected from the conference in "The Paris climate-change conference needs to be more ambitious" in The Economist.

Beyond IPCC, Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond

"The Climate conference in Paris December 2015 is described as “last chance” or “5 to twelve” but in the climate arena there is a risk that we have over-utilized the doomsday vocabulary already in the run-up to Copenhagen, 2009 the better part of a decade ago. For those who have worked on climate issues for several decades it poses a special challenge to calibrate language. Words like “immediate” need careful explanation. Think of a super tanker with so much inertia that it takes a full hour to stop in an emergency—and in our case it is not an hour but decades—damage is probably quite gradual and yet there is literally no time to delay."

Sterner, T. 2015. Beyond IPCC, Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond. Environmental and Resource Economics, 62(2): 207-215.

Thomas Sterner holding lecture about policy instruments.
Thomas Sterner talking about the menu of environmental policy instruments at the inaugural lecture at Collége the France.

Gothenburg Nostalgia

Some pictures from the Environmental Economics Unit over the years.

We established the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the University of Gothenburg in 1990 and since then we have grown immensely. We have a large network of visiting researchers and lecturers.

Over the years we have had many ambitious students who by now are professors who carry a lot of responsibility and have many students in their turn. For a recent speech I wanted to do some “story-telling” and asked my friends for photos of our young students from the past and the mature researchers that they have now become. The photos (mainly from Katarina) made me very nostalgic and I decided to post a selection of them here. Beside numerous lectures and PhD defenses we have over the years had a lot of fun during skiing expeditions (where everyone fell down in the snow), fishing trips with marine researchers, parties at Mohammeds house and many more activities.

I want to thank all of you on the photos for a very good time when you were here and for all the good work you are doing.

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