Philip Kofi Adom is the first one to defend his thesis this year, a thesis he wrote in record time, 1.5 years. Philip’s research bridges energy and environmental economics to the development economics. Central to his research is to promote a secured energy system while balancing environmental quality and economic development. He is defending his thesis on the 18th of March.
In the broadest manner, Oben Bayrak defines his research areas as behavioral and experimental economics, and in his thesis, he develops an alternative theory for decision making under risk which is called Preference Cloud Theory: it incorporates the people’s imprecision in their preferences. His defense will take place on the 13th of May.
Mathilda Eriksson is defending her thesis on May 26th. When asked to describe her thesis, she explains:
“This thesis is about understanding the role of the forest in global climate policy. Forests are a key determinant of global atmospheric carbon and, hence, of climate change. Accordingly, to achieve an efficient climate policy, it is important to incorporate forest carbon mitigation strategies into global climate policy efforts. To this end, this thesis constructs two global frameworks, one single region and one multi-regional, that allows us to investigate how climate mitigation strategies can be enhanced by using forests optimally.
Katarina Östberg’s thesis will deal with topics like distributional effects of environmental policies, accuracy of benefit transfer, and the value of improving the water quality status. One of the articles included in her thesis is “Non-market valuation of the coastal environment – Uniting political aims, ecological and economic knowledge”.
In SvD, February 13th 2016, the CERE professors Bengt Kriström and Per-Olov Johansson questions the investment in high-speed rail between Stockholm, Göteborg and, Malmö. They claim that the competition from aviation, the population base and the negligible effects on the climate goes against the investment.
”Only the high-speed rails between Paris and Lyon and two Japanese rails are profitable as far as we have been able to tell from literature, none of them relevant for Sweden. High-speed rails seem to mostly be about building monuments of pure Pharaonic proportions. Given the significant challenges that Sweden are facing, the rails could even supplant extremely keen infrastructure and other investments. Despite everything, even the Swedish resources are limited.”