Professor Chris Böhringer; a world leading authority on Computable General Equilibrium (CGE modeling) held an introduction course to CGE modeling, 3rd to 5th of February 2014. He enforces thereby CERE's investment on CGE.

While Umeå celebrated the start of the European Capital of Culture 2014, CERE made its own contribution to gild the city with a renowned researcher within the field of impact analysis of environmental, energy and, trade policies. Chris Böhringer's articles on the subject have been published in a large amount of international peer-reviewed journals.

The classParticipant and lecture salute each other

One of the course sixteen participants, Andrius Kazukauskas says that: "Professor Chris Böhringer lectures are a great opportunity for me to deepen and widen the knowledge not only in the CGE modeling but also in the current policy issues of environmental and energy economics." Böhringer is very pleased with his participants: "The students are very interested in the topic I teach here, i.e., the use of numerical models to simulate the economic and environmental impacts of policy reforms. I'm impressed by their international orientation and their dedication to contribute to applied policy analysis on important energy and environmental issues."

Böhringer, experienced in running Centre's like CERE

For eight years, Böhringer led the Centre for European Economic Research's (ZEW) Department for "Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management" at Mannheim. The Centre is one of Germany's leading economic research institutes with a strong reputation throughout Europe. We asked Böhringer about his experience in Centre's like CERE and if he could give any tips: "An important and continuous challenge is to attract good people that can advance research and at the same time have some team spirit." He's now a research associate at ZEW in combination with his chair for the Department of Economic Policy at the University of Oldenburg.

Honor for CERE

The director of CERE, Bengt Kriström says that Böhringers visit is "an important part of the CERE strategy to develop CGE modeling – particularly within the framework of our general work on the energy field. A part of that strategy is to hire researchers, at present we are in the process of hiring a third post doc within the field. Furthermore, Martin Hill, employee at the Ministry of Finance and one of Sweden's most skilled CGE specialists, has become Adjunct Professor to SLU and CERE. The Swedish Energy Agency granted, within their scope of guest professor program, our application describing how Professor Böhringer could interact with CERE in contributing to the construction of competence within the field in Sweden. This is an extremely important piece of the puzzle, perhaps even the most important, in our work on CGE-modelling at CERE, but also for the continuous development of the field in Sweden. A concrete objective on our part is to have a transparent CGE model (with focus on energy issues) for Sweden that, basically, everyone could use, not least agencies and researchers".
This course is not the last we see of Böhringer however, he will be back over the course of the two years of the guest professorship.

Böhringer's present research

Chris Böhringer"At the present I'm researching how unilateral climate policies can be designed effectively. The problem with unilateral climate action on the global greenhouse gas externality is that emission regulation limited to a subset of countries can cause counterproductive relocation of emission-intensive production and fossil fuel use to countries without emission regulation. Such carbon leakage lowers the effectiveness of unilateral action and there is the need to investigate policy designs that can reduce carbon leakage and increase global cost-effectiveness of unilateral climate policies. One measure that is under discussion are tariffs on the carbon embodied in imports from non-regulated countries. Other measures include tax exemptions or output-based free emission allowance allocation to domestic energy-intensive and trade-exposed industries. More generally, my focus is on the efficiency and distributional impacts of environmental and energy regulation"

Photos by Mona Bonta Bergman