CERE researchers appointed guest Professors at LTU

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.

goran bostedtTommy Lundgren

OECD collaboration

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.

Read the CERE Working Paper: Valuing ecosystem services for agricultural TFP, to learn more. 

Editor-in-chief(s)

Tommy LundgrenTommy Lundgren and Moriah Bostian in winter attire both smiling. will be heading a team of Editor-in-chiefs including Moriah Bostian (affiliated with CERE and Lewis & Clark College) and Shunsuke Managi (CERE MoU, Urban Institute, Kyushu University) for the publication of the Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics (Elsevier), a major reference work including about 150 articles by frontline scholars in their respective fields. This is the 2nd edition, the first edited by J. Shogren (U. of Wyoming) came out in 2013

The 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia is planned to be published in 2023.

The photo is from the Ammarnäs Winter Workshop in 2019 which both Bostian and Lundgren attended. The photo is a cut out from a larger group photo taken at the Winter Workshop. Photo CERE. 

Towards sustainable energy consumption

The thesis by Aemiro Melkamu Daniel provides attributes that demand flexibility contract providers can use to design compensation schemes and effectively market contracts for people willing to offer electricity demand flexibility. The thesis investigates concerns related to residential electricity demand flexibility (potential to reduce electricity consumption during peak load situations) in Sweden and household fuel choice in urban Ethiopia. Aemiro defended his thesis Friday April 3rd, 2020. (click on headline to learn more)

Aemiro nailing his thesis to the wall

Paper I and paper II in the thesis respectively address household heterogeneity in valuing electricity demand flexibility attributes and in the use of choice decision rules for demand flexibility electricity contracts. Paper III examines the effect of disclosing pro-environmental information on preferences for load restrictions in Swedish households while the last paper explores the determinants of fuel choice in urban Ethiopia where households use one or more types of fuels to meet their energy demand.

Banning fishing in selected areas for 5-6 years can help restore local depleted fish populations – and social benefits outweigh costs

Temporary no-take zones are increasingly introduced in Sweden as a fisheries management tool to restore populations of specific target species. A paper published in the journal Marine Policy by CERE researchers show that cost-benefit analyses for the two no-take zones are positive in all scenarios relating to the most realistic case of no opportunity costs, i.e., assuming that all fishing activity could be relocated to adjacent areas without cost during the closed period. (Click on headline to read more)

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