I Barometern uttalar sig CERE:s Per-Olov Johansson och Bengt Kriström om vad de anser vara miljöpolitikens intellektuella kollaps, de menar att det "inte längre handlar om att göra svåra avvägningar, inte ens om att göra konsekvensbeskrivningar." De hävdar att man inom miljöpolitiken rör sig ifrån evidensbaserad politik till onödigt kostsamma åtgärder som inte har stöd i forskning och att både miljön och skattebetalarna kan tjäna på en förbättrad miljöpolitik.
"Dagens svenska miljöpolitik lever dock i ett intellektuellt vakuum som både miljön och skattebetalarna i förlängningen får betala för. Att introducera nya verktyg i miljöpolitiken understödda av solid ekonomisk teori har ersatts av en principlös symbolpolitik. Miljöpolitiken har tappat sin intellektuella spänst."
The Department of Forest Economics at the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU), Umeå, seeks a PhD student in Economics, with a focus on Energy Economics in a broad sense. We seek a candidate who is interested in issues related broadly to energy markets, to work on a wide range of topics on both the demand and the supply side with a focus on rigorous empirical approaches, and in a (largely but not exclusively) Nordic setting. Topics of research interest include: aspects of demand flexibility for both retail and transmission sides; instrument choice in green energy subsidies and dealing with intermittency; the forests in relation to energy supply, with particular reference to the role of bio-fuels in energy markets and policies. The chosen student is expected to work closely with the supervising group, developing a research agenda and plan based upon the candidate's interests and those of the supervising group.
Note that the PhD program will entail participating in a standard set of courses, following the basic training for an Economics PhD holder, also to be identified along with the supervisory group. Details regarding research in progress and research interests of the supervisory group may be obtained from the individual webpages, and the broader research directions regarding energy and related fields at CERE may be obtained from the CERE webpage, including the working paper series.
The chosen candidate is expected to commence studies between May and August 2018, but the exact start date is negotiable. The position is contracted for a period four years, with progress based upon an annual evaluation of the student’s work. The chosen candidate will join an active group of economics-related PhD students at both the Department of Forest Economics at SLU and Umeå University's economics department.
Last week SLU researchers were in Kenya to start up a new research project about the link between land ownership and the capacity for climate change in three semi-arid regions in Kenya dominated by pastoralism. A comparative analysis of different tenure systems and their implications for climate vulnerability in semi-arid Sub-Saharan African is to be done. The project is financed by The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) and will initially run for three years.
Jinggang left to learn more about CGE modeling at the prestigious University in the United States. He quickly felt right at home and was impressed by the Center for Global Trade Analysis. Learn more about his experiences. Read More
This is the story of how textbook examples of environmental taxation and emission trading came to life and the obstacles they face, all from the perspective of CERE Research Director Bengt Kriström. Complete with bubbles, dragons, yin and yang. Grab a coffee or tea and enjoy.