Fly tax, a counterproductive special solution

“Carbon emissions are not affected by a Swedish fly tax, not as long as the flight takes place within the EES area. The best way to remedy a global problem is global solutions and a global system appears to be seeing the light of day within a few years. Special solution and well-intentioned “precede” solutions are unfortunately often counterproductive.“ (translated quote) Read Bengt Kriström and Per-Olov Johanssons in a comment to previous articles at, published April 20th, 2017 (only in Swedish)

Power to the people

Mattias dispDeregulation and technological advancement have provided the possibilities and the larger share of intermittent power the need for demand flexibility. Policy makers hope that households will be interested in demand flexibility and change their ways. However, if the incentives for behavioural change are too small, the households will fail to respond.

Dr. Mattias Vesterberg successfully defended his thesis: Power to the people - Electricity demand and household behaviour, on February 24, 2017. Mattias partly focused on real time pricing of electricity, trying to figure out the potential for dynamic pricing to increase demand flexibility on the Swedish electricity market. Using unique Swedish household level data, his research sheds light on the extent to which price-driven policies can incentivize behavioural changes in residential electricity consumption. While technologies and market structures already allow many consumers to adjust their consumption according to electricity availability, only few actively do so. Ingrained consumer patterns are difficult to change and the gains from switching to flexible electricity contracts seem too small.

New position out: Professor of Economics (Chair)

The subject area is economics, applied to forest-related problems in a wider sense.

A position as Professor of economics (Chair) is vacant at the Department of Forest Economics, Forest Faculty, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, Sweden. The incumbent will be expected to develop an internationally as well as nationally recognized research program, focused on applying economics to forest-related problems. Potential research areas could include, but are not limited to: economics of forestry and climate change policy, biodiversity; forest management and landscapes; ecosystem services; bio economy; understanding forest owners and their behavior; forest products and sector modelling, international trade and economics of forest management. The successful applicant will build upon current strength at the department and CERE (Centre of Environmental and Resource Economics), as well as existing collaborations with other research institutions around the world. The professor will actively teach and develop courses and teaching methods at bachelor, master and graduate levels. More specifically, SLU is responsible for the Master of Forestry (5 year) program at SLU, the only program in Sweden.

Read more: New position out

The Sören Wibe Prize awarded

In January 2017, the Sören Wibe prize was awarded jointly to Michael Hoel, Bjart Holtsmark, and Katinka Holtsmark for their article, Faustmann and the Climate, Journal of Forest Economics, 2014, 20(2): 192-210.