The « Ecological-Economic Resilience of Ecosystems » symposium will focus on the concept of resilience for the quantitative analysis and management of ecosystems. Resilience, which is often related to sustainability and vulnerability, describes the ability of a system to cope with shocks arising from natural or anthropogenic events such as climatic catastrophes, pollution, financial crisis or epidemics. The intrinsic complexity of these ecosystems and socio-ecosystems at the interface of human dynamics and natural dynamics requires interdisciplinary approaches and in particular an ecological-economic viewpoint.
In this context, the symposium will pay particular attention to the following applications: Marine or coastal ecosystems, water resources, agrosystems and viticulture, forest ecosystems and heath systems. The symposium intends to give major insights into the following issues: How to quantify ecological-economic resilience? What are its drivers? Which strategies and public policies can improve this resilience?
The interdisciplinary symposium will bring together economists, ecologists, epidemiologists, and mathematicians. Keynote lectures will be given by internationally recognized researchers in the field:
Stefan Baumgärtner (Germany),
Quentin Grafton (Australia),
Michel Loreau (France).
You are invited to submit a full paper in English before February 18th, 2018. All Submissions have to be sent to:
Scientific committee :
Cécile Aubert (GREThA et TSE)
Emmanuelle Augeraud-Véron (GREThA)
Luc Doyen (GREThA)
Sylvie Ferrari (GREThA)
Charles Figuières (GREQAM – AMSE).
François Salanié (INRA – TSE)
 You will find more information on the FAERE website :

The GREThA, in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux, CNRS, and FAERE, organizes an interdisciplinary symposium dedicated to the resilience of ecosystems.


6th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI-2018)

The 6th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues (ISEFI-2018), jointly organized by the IPAG Center for Energy Economics and Environment (IPAG Business School) and the Centre of Geopolitics of Energy and Raw Materials (Paris Dauphine University) with the support of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE), will take place on 24-25 May 2018 in Paris, France. It aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion and critical analysis of the major issues and challenges that interrelate energy, environment, macroeconomics and financial markets. The conference organizers would like to invite the submission of both theoretical and empirical papers (in PDF files) relating to all aspects of environment, and energy markets as well as their interactions with financial markets such as climate negotiations and scenarios for a +2° world, corporate finance analysis for energy companies, econometrics of energy markets, energy and climate models, energy and environment, energy policies for low carbon transportation, energy risks: assessment and modeling, financial regulation of energy and environmental markets, intergenerational choices under global environmental change, and natural resources, risk, welfare and social preferences. See the conference website for more details:


  • Professor Robert Pindyck, MIT Sloan School of Management, United States
  • Professor Rick van der Ploeg, University of Oxford & Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, United Kingdom


Interested authors can submit their research papers (in PDF files), no later than March 4, 2018 via the Symposium website:  



  • March 4, 2018: Submission deadline (full papers, PDF files)
  • March 25, 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection
  • April 22, 2018: Registration deadline
  • May 24-25, 2018: Symposium event

On Monday, 4 December 2017, I am going to present work in progress tentatively entitled “Mitigation strategies when faced with the threat of solar radiation management”. This is joint work with Fabien Prieur (University of Nanterre) and Martin Quaas (University of Kiel). The presentation will be held in Paris School of Economics, 48 bd Jourdan, near metro stop Porte d’Orleans, from 12.00-13.30, in its weekly seminar series “Environnement et Régulation” organized by Hélène Ollivier.

A proper working paper is coming out soon, stay tuned! If you want to know what the paper is going to be about, come and listen.


There is of course one supercompany that always makes the news: Monsanto. It is not surprising. After all, Monsanto is in a tough business and there is sufficient personal reason for them to ignore scientific data in order to maximize their own profits. So what is going on?

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I have recently come across this new working paper by Timothy Besley and Avinash Dixit. They develop a theoretical model in order to understand how much consumption society should give up in order to mitigate catastrophic risk. I am not really happy about something there.

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Professor Stefano Bosi organizes this year’s winter meeting of the French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in Paris. The topic is Environment & Health: An Economic Perspective. It looks like a very interesting conference, high quality indeed. Here is the programme: FAERE programme

when: 30th November – 1st December 2017, from 9h30 – 17h30
where: Amphithéâtre CHEMLA, ENS Paris-Saclay, Cachan

Registration is mandatory:


On the 24-26th of May 2018, Cees Withagen, Eric Strobl and myself are organizing again the environmental economics part of the annual IPAG conference ISEFI in Paris, France. Keynote speakers are Robert Pindyck and Rick van der Ploeg.

We would be delighted if you take part in this event. More information can be obtained here:


March 4, 2018: Submission deadline (full papers, PDF files)

March 25, 2018: Notification of acceptance/rejection

April 22, 2018: Registration deadline

May 24-26, 2018: Symposium event

If you have any questions or thoughts, please do not hesitate to drop me a line on

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