Deregulation 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.
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
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.
Learn more about the course Productivity and efficiency analysis with focus on modeling a pollution generating technology, 7,5 ETCS credits, that took place between 5-9 December 2016. The course will also run in 2017.
Five no-take zones for fishing were set up in Sweden 2009-2011, three on the Swedish west coast and two on the east coast. These zones have since been evaluated by the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management with analysis of both de biological and cost benefit effects of the no-take zones. CERE made an analysis of the cost-benefit effects and it showed that the no-take zones for fishing could increase the value for both fishing and other ecosystem services like improved water quality, improved experience of nature or foreign species control.
CERE famous Oben Bayrak, who had his dissertation this spring, has been granted a stipend from the Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius foundation as well as the Tore Browaldhs foundation. The stipend offers Oben the chance to research full time for the following three years. He returns to CERE in the beginning of 2017.
“Our analysis shows that the governing towards a circular economy does not lead to increased employment or improved economic growth”
Read the DN debate article regarding a new environmental economics report from the National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) that will be made public today at 10am. One of the authors is CERE’s Runar Brännlund.
Read the article “Cirkulär ekonomi ökar inte sysselsättningen” (only in Swedish), published December 4th 2016.
More on the report and the report itself can be found on NIER’s web (only in Swedish).
Mattias Vesterberg, who will defend his dissertation in the beginning of 2017, recently had two papers published.