At the 27th Ulvön Environmental Economics Conference August 2021 a best paper award was promised and the jury now announce the winner as: “Pigovian policies under behavioral motives” by Nathan W. Chan from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Prize motivation

Nathan W. ChanA well-written paper that has sound theoretical underpinnings grounded in the welfare/public economics domain as well as in environmental economics. The subject at hand tackles an important problem in today’s society: how to design optimal policy when some consumers have social preferences and firms are to some extent self-regulating. The analysis brings novel insights for policy design in a wide range of settings, including markets for environmentally friendly and socially responsible products. More generally, the paper expose and scrutinize foundational assumptions in Pigouvian theory - assumptions that may or may not hold when agents’ behaviors diverge from standard neo-classical motives.
Read more about Nathan.

The jury consisted of Tommy Lundgren, Lars Persson, Adan Martinez Cruz and Mattias Vesterberg.


There was also a raffle and the lucky winner is Keila Meginnis from the University of Glasgow.

Both Nathan and Keila are most welcome to Ulvön next year!
(conference fee waived)

The organizing committee also wish to thank all particpants:
“Your presentations, keynotes, panel discussions, and questions/interactions are gratefully appreciated; we believe it made the conference a success.”

Until next year…


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