CERE researchers Göran Bostedt and Tommy Lundgren have been appointed guest professors at the Luleå Technical University, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences. Lundgren will spend September and October this fall in Luleå to help out with a course and work on common projects (Bio4energy) and Bostedt will also teach and assist in mentoring.
Widely accepted guidelines for standard Total Factor Productivity (TFP) measurement allow for cross-country agricultural productivity comparisons. However, current practices to incorporate environmental effects of economic activity still vary by country, making any similar comparison along environmental dimensions problematic. To address this need for standard environmental accounting guidelines, the OECD Network on Agricultural TFP and the Environment formed in 2017 to advance the development of cross-country environmentally-adjusted TFP indicators.
The Network brings together experts in productivity and measurement from academia (among others, Moriah Bostian and Tommy Lundgren of CERE), leading national statistics agencies, and international organizations, to better connect theory to practice. This paper provides an overview of the relevant index theory and current agency guidelines, originally to be presented at the annual Network meeting scheduled for May 2020 in Paris, but canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
We mourn the loss of our colleague, good friend, and honorary doctor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University, Peter Berck. After fighting cancer for some time, Peter sadly passed away on August 10.
Peter was not only an outstanding economist and a compassionate friend and colleague; he was also a wonderful mentor to several generations of PhD-students from Umeå who visited Berkeley. Peter was unique in his way of caring for his friends, colleagues, and students, always generous with his time and in lending a helping hand. It could be anything from helping a student to write a paper to help a colleague and friend to clean out the summerhouse in the autumn; nothing was too small or big. Many of us certainly enjoyed the discussions with Peter, whether it was about economics, the environment, or finding the best coffee or wine. He always took time for discussions and had constructive comments. As co-editor to the Journal of Forest Economics Peter was outstanding. Always keen to handle papers, and always coming up with new ideas of how to improve the Journal, he will certainly be missed. (Click on headline to read more)