Two new doctors

Tharshini Thangavelu defended her thesis “Essays on Malnutrition, Savings and Preferences” on September 12th, 2018. Her thesis touches three different topics in economics, namely preferences, savings and malnutrition. Jinggang Guo defended his thesis “Economics Timber Production and Climate Change mitigation” on October 12th, 2018.

The nobel winners from an IAM researcher’s point of view

This is good news for the future of our planet, says Kelly de Bruin, associated member of CERE and Research Officer at The Economic and Social Research Institute on Ireland. The IPCC 1.5 degrees report, released a few days ago, warns for deep and immediate climate change action to limit severe climate impacts which makes models that describes the global interplay between the economy and the climate especially important.

GDP, not the correct measurement

CERE’s Runar Brännlund, amongst others, shares his favorite candidate for the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics Sciences, Martin Weitzman, on P1 morgon on October 8th (2018). Brännlund raises the Weitzman research both around how polluting businesses can be governed as well as the critique of GDP that only measures market prices, a price seldom found on environmental goods.

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No Poverty, Zero Hunger

For seventeen weeks, Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics will present their work in relation to the 17 Sustainable Development goals. For the first two goals, #1-No poverty and #2-Zero Hunger, we learn more about some of the research by CEREs Göran Bostedt.

Visit from the University of Guilan, Iran

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Soleiman Mohammadi Limael, associate professor at the Department of forestry, University of Guilan, Iran visited CERE on September 20th, 2018 to discuss possible future collaborations between Sweden and Iran and foremost the universities SLU, Guilan and Umeå.

The Sören Wibe Prize 2018 awarded to research on optimal policy guide to greener economy

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Jussi Lintunen and Jussi Uusivuori show in their winning article that an increase in the use of wood, despite it not being emission free, is optimal. However, this is so only if the biomass stock first increases. A subsidy on forest growth and tax on harvest leads to forest owners postponing their harvest, which increases biomass stock and carbon sequestration. As the rotation approaches its maximum level of sustainability, the harvest yield will increase and price on roundwood will fall, so that it can become optimal to use roundwood in energy generation.

Lintunen, J. and Uusivuori, J. (2016) On the economics of forests and climate change: Deriving optimal policies. Journal of Forest Economics 24, 130-156
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