"The bonus malus tax syste could premiere the car and cardavan vehicle combination instead of a camper van - this despite the latter having a lower emissions rate. This from Runar Brännlund, Professor in Economics." Published on SvD debate on December 8th, 2019 (only available in Swedish).
The support is limited for curbside collection of newspaper CERE’s Thomas Broberg explains on DN debate, December 3rd 2019. The disadvantages with the service may outweigh the advantages if curbside collection is designed without collaboration between municipalities and producer responsibility actors.
Thomas Broberg means that the pros and cons with curbside collection of newspaper needs to be balanced. He bases his argument on a survey conducted in the municipality of Umeå where residential household preferences for different of systems for collecting recycling was examined. That survey shows that only a third of the residential households demand curbside collection, however 42 percent claim it will not facilitate their recycling. The increased service might even counteract the benefits and end up in increased weekday hassle and additional heavy traffic in the neighborhood.
“To leverage investments that only provide 25-40 öre on each invested krona is a betrayal to those carrying the cost in line for health care and commuter trains, retirement homes and a sound education, writes Professor Emeritus Per-Olov Johansson.” (only in Swedish)
We mourn the loss of our colleague, good friend, and honorary doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University, Peter Berck. After fighting cancer for some time, Peter sadly passed away on August 10.
Peter was not only an outstanding economist and a compassionate friend and colleague; he was also a wonderful mentor to several generations of PhD-students from Umeå who visited Berkeley. Peter was unique in his way of caring for his friends, colleagues, and students, always generous with his time and in lending a helping hand. It could be anything from helping a student to write a paper to help a colleague and friend to clean out the summerhouse in the autumn; nothing was too small or big. Many of us certainly enjoyed the discussions with Peter, whether it was about economics, the environment, or finding the best coffee or wine. He always took time for discussions and had constructive comments. As co-editor to the Journal of Forest Economics Peter was outstanding. Always keen to handle papers, and always coming up with new ideas of how to improve the Journal, he will certainly be missed. (Click on headline to read more)
“There is no cause for taxing the usage of electricity for environmental reasons. Neither the fiscal cause is justified. If the motive for electricity tax is money to the treasury, it would be better with a tax of “wider” tax base, for instance the VAT. This from Runar Brännlund.” VK.se, published November 22. (only in Swedish)