PhD student Brian Danley, who recently joined CERE, provides a critical review of the dominant definitions of ecosystem servicesin his first article, written with Camilla Widmark.
His research focuses on the valuation of ecosystem services. In particular, how to improve the modeling of discrete choice data and consider non-utility maximizing behavior, e.g. respondents using simplifying strategies and heuristics.
PhD Camilla Widmark, who recently joined CERE, has leading a consortium of eight partners, been granted funding for a project running over three years, starting on December 1st, 2016 from the SUMFOREST (SUstainable forest management, Multifunctional Forestry, European Forest Policy), an FP7 ERA-NET project.
The CERE famous Chandra Kiran has recently been offered, and gladly accepted, the position of Assistant Professor (biträdande lektor) at the Department of Forest Economics, at SLU Umeå. A position that will focus on resource and energy economics.
CERE’s Klarizze Puzon has collected 10 interesting working papers from around the world on valuation, energy, natural resources and environment.
In the radio program Studio 1, they asked themselves whether Sweden is missing out on serious money and job opportunities by not increasing the usage of our forest berry resources more. CERE’s Bengt Kriström was interviewed and he was sceptical towards the serious money to be earned.
The oil, peel and seed of the berries are being used in health food and cosmetics. A berry refinement business for these purposes is growing in our neighbouring countries and according to some, Sweden is missing out on millions by not jumping on the bandwagon. However, CERE’s Bengt Kriström do not agree: “- The basic question then is, why are we not using it. And the answer to that question as I see it, is that today, it just is not profitable. There are plenty of talented entrepreneurs that could collect on the alleged profits.”
Listen to the Studio 1 segment from Sveriges radio P1 November 11th, 2016 or read the article ”Den svenska bärskogen - en outnyttjad guldgruva?” on Sveriges radio, published November 14th, 2016. (Only in Swedish)
Bengt Kriström, CERE, comments on a DN article by Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg. In their article they call for the government to act in order to decrease consumption. However, Bengt mean that a policy aimed at the issues rather than the consumption is needed.
Read the articles, only in Swedish.
”Fokusera på problemen, inte konsumtionen”, by Bengt Kriström, published on DN.se October 11, 2016.
”Regeringen missar målet: konsumtionen måste minska” by researchers Lin Lerpold and Örjan Sjöberg, published on DN.se October 8, 2016.
Comparative studies of Sweden against UK, France, Germany, and America generally reveal that natural capital has declined, while produced capital has increased over time. The reason being extra investments that were dedicated to infrastructural and manufacturing sectors during the second industrialization revolution.
Tradable permits for greenhouse gases are growing in popularity as one of the available tools to tackle climate change. How should these be handled in cost-benefit analysis?
According to CERE working paper 2016-14 and its author Per-Olov Johansson, it would be a mistake to value permits at the global marginal damage cost. Also, it would be a mistake to treat permits as a transfer within the private sector. These considerations are key to both researchers and practitioners conducting cost-benefit analysis including tradable permits.
In the Autumn of 2016, Dr Klarizze Anne Martin Puzon joined SLU and CERE as Browaldh fellow. She obtained her graduate in France and was a visiting researcher in Spain. She is interested in resource economics, environmental economics, political economy, and experimental methods.