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Thomas Sterner


Thomas Sterner
+46 31 786 1377

Room number: E-609
Postal Address: Box 640, 405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg

Department of Economics (More Information)
Box 640
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 411 24 Göteborg

About Thomas Sterner

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

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

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


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Research areas

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

Research in progress

  • Emission priving for development, Jun/20 -
  • STI Transportforskning, Jan/15 -
  • Sida EfD, Jan/15 -
  • Finansiella effekter av klimatpolitik i energisektorn, Jan/20 - Dec/23
  • Sanering av radioaktiva miljöer i Sverige, Oct/18 - Dec/21

Teaching areas

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy

Selected publications

Policy sequencing toward decarbonization
Meckling, Jonas, Sterner, Thomas, Wagner, Gernot
Nature Energy, s. 1-5, 2017

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

Policy design for the Anthropocene
Sterner, Thomas, Barbier, Edward B., Bateman, Ian, van den Bijgaart, Inge, Crépin, Anne Sophie et al.
Nature Sustainability, 2, s. 14-21, 2019

Funding Inclusive Green Transition through Greenhouse Gas Pricing
Sterner, Thomas, Carson, Richard T., Hafstead, Marc, Howard, Peter, Jagers, Sverker C. et al.
ifo DICE Report, 18:1, s. 03-08, 2020

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Environmental policy instruments and corruption
Richard Damania, Thomas Sterner, Dale Whittington
China Economic Journal , Journal article 2020
Journal article

Climate economics support for the UN climate targets
Martin C. Hänsel, Moritz A. Drupp, Daniel J.A. Johansson, Frikk Nesje, Christian Azar et al.
Nature Climate Change, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Charting a “Green Path” for Recovery from COVID-19
Samson Mukanjari, Thomas Sterner
Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Funding Inclusive Green Transition through Greenhouse Gas Pricing
Thomas Sterner, Richard T. Carson, Marc Hafstead, Peter Howard, Sverker C. Jagers et al.
ifo DICE Report , Journal article 2020
Journal article

The Climate Decade: Changing Attitudes on Three Continents
Fredrik Carlsson, Mitesh Kataria, Alan Krupnick, Elina Lampi, Åsa Löfgren et al.
Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg, Working paper 2020
Working paper

Thomas Sterner, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Gernot Wagner
National Institute Economic Review, Journal article 2020
Journal article


What if the Biggest EU Member States had Emulated Sweden’s Outstanding Carbon Tax?
Eoin Ó Broin, Jens Ewald, Franck Nadaud, Érika Mata, Gaëtan Giraud et al.
World Bank Working Paper, Working paper 2019
Working paper

Carbon Taxation: A Tale of Three Countries
Patrick Criqui, Mark Jaccard, Thomas Sterner
Sustainability, Journal article 2019
Journal article

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