Flexibility in demand, a matter for the Minister of Energy

Foto Mattias PetterssonThe Swedish Energy Market Inspectorate report "En elmarknad i förändring – Är kundernas flexibilitet till salu eller ens verklig?" (A changing electricity market – Are the customers flexibility for sale or even real?) had reached the Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Baylan, at the Ministry of the Environment. Therefore, at a visit to Umeå University, some of the authors gave them a closer look.

Photo Mattias Pettersson

”10 conditions for a smart climate policy”

The Director and the scientific advisory board of the National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) provide 10 conditions for an ambitious and cost-effective climate policy in SvD opinion on October 23rd 2014.

Environmental taxes encourage lower consumption

Tobacco taxation and environmental taxes on electricity and gasoline is the most effective way for politicians to get consumers to understand the problems of smoking and pollution. Expenditure on media campaigns from government and industry, and lobbying by the industry, most effectively influences consumers' consumption of tobacco and gasoline in the United States. Erik Brockwell will be defending his dissertation at Umeå University on Friday, October 10.

Stated Preference Methods course on tour

November 24-28th 2014, the Stated Preference Methods course will be held at TIDES, Gran Canaria with Thomas Laitila and CERE's Bengt Kriström as instructors.

"Stated Preference Methods are useful tools aimed at assessing the social welfare impacts of public and private policies and play a key role in applied economic research. The workshop develops step by step stated preference models that are used for the economic assessment of policy initiatives."

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"Of course we'll make it"

Runar talks about Norrlands chances when it comes to independence on P4 Västerbotten, September 19th 2014. (Only in Swedish)

Sören Wibe Prize 2014

The 2014 Sören Wibe Prize has been awarded to Leslie A. Richardson, Patricia A. Champ, John B. Loomis, for their article "The hidden cost of wildfires: Economic valuation of health effects of wildfire smoke exposure in Southern California", Journal of Forest Economics 18:1 (2012):14-35.

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