In the news:


new articles/papers:

    • Pollution and Mortality in the 19th Century, by W. Hanlon, working paper. Results: Industrial pollution explains 30-40% of the relationship between mortality and population density in 1851-60, and nearly 60% of this relationship in 1900. Growing industrial coal use from 1851-1900 reduced life expectancy by at least 0.57 years. A back-of-the envelope estimate suggests that the value of this loss of life, expressed as a one-time cost, was equal to at least 0.33-1.00 of annual GDP in 1900.


Open positions:

  • Assistant Professor in Environmental/Ecological Economics at University of Massachusetts Boston, for more info go HERE
  • What we know about climate change, conflict, and terrorism – Solomon Hsiang notes that 1) Research clearly demonstrates that hotter temperatures cause more individual level violence (e.g. homicides in the US) and more large-scale violence (e.g. civil wars in Africa), and that extreme rainfall leads to violence in agrarian contexts. 2) Climate change to date, via warmer temperatures, has likely increased the risk of conflict, although this has not yet been empirically proven. 3) Attributing the Syrian conflict to climate change is difficult.  What we can say is that drought and hot temperatures increase the likelihood of these types of conflict. 4) There is currently little evidence for or against a systematic relationship between climate and terrorism.
  • Luxembourg joins Austria in legal challenge of Hinkley Point C. Also, EDF has laid off 65 engineers working on the project in Paris, and the EU Commission has initiated proceedings against Hungary over its Paks II nuclear project with Rosatom.Attributing the Syrian conflict to climate change is difficult.  What we can say is that drought and hot temperatures increase the likelihood of these types of conflict. There is currently little evidence for or against a systematic relationship between climate and terrorism.
  • The German position on the most controversial issues at COP21  – overall, Germany’s position tends to be tougher on emission reductions, on Loss & Damage provisions, on the green fund and on a possible global carbon price. Basically, Germany is one of the leading players when it comes to efforts to curb climate change.


  • Sustainable Economic and Financial Development seminar, École Polytechnique – Department of Economics, Library (Ground Floor),Route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau, France, Tuesday, December, 8 from 3 to 4:30 pm, Speaker: Fanny Henriet (Paris School of Economics)
  • 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management, Monday and Tuesday, 11-12 July 2016, IPAG Business School, Nice Campus, 4 Boulevard Carabacel, 06000 Nice, France. Submission deadline: April 15, 2016, together with Coung Le Van I will organize a special track on Environmental Economics. Save the day and attend!
  • If you want that the cars that you buy in the future really consume what their producers claim, then help the EU to form a proper directive HERE.


  • conferences
    • PEEES, Paris Environmental and Energy Economics Seminar, November 26, 4.30PM to 6.30PM , Maison des Sciences Economiques
      Room S/17 106-112, boulevard de l’Hôpital, 75013 Paris
    • Lunch seminar in environmental and resource economics, S/3, in the Annex of the Maison des Sciences Economiques, 106/112 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, Paris, France, Thursday 19th November 2015, Renewable energy policies and interaction with the EU ETS: the critical role of uncertainty, by Oskar Lecuyer
    • 9th Belgian Environmental Economics Day, University of Mons in Mons, Friday, 29th January 2016, deadline for submission: 21 Dec 2015, by email in pdf format to Venmans Frank (
    • 11th Tinbergen Institute Conference “Combating Climate Change, Lessons from Macroeconomics, Political Economy and Public Finance”, Amsterdam, 21-22 April 2016, Registrations and submissions of papers should be sent to by 1 January 2016. Organized by Rick van der Ploeg and Cees Withagen.
    • 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management, Monday and Tuesday, 11-12 July 2016, IPAG Business School, Nice Campus, 4 Boulevard Carabacel, 06000 Nice, France, Submission deadline: April 15, 2016. I will organize, together with Coung Le Van, a sub-conference on Environmental Economics. For all environmental economists: please save the date and join us in Nice!
    • As always, you find all events in my Environmental Economics calendar on the right.

The G20 group of major economies spend $452 billion per year supporting fossil fuel industriesAccording to the IEA, “fossil-fuel consumption subsidies worldwide amounted to $548 billion in 2013, …with subsidies to oil products representing over half of the total.” Why do we still see such extensive subsidies? And what to do about it?

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  • Will you be part of the new VISIONS 2100 project?
  • Clean Energy Wire is, together with, a great source for news about Germany’s Energiewende. HERE you can read about the components that make up the electricity price in Germany. Taxes make up 3/4 of this price, and the renewable energy surcharge 1/3 of the taxes. Despite this – or maybe because of this (?) – exports roar, Germany grows. Why? Energy makes up only 2.5% of Germany’s GDP, similar to most countries in the world.
  • HERE you can read why all this bogus talk about renewable energy production being too expensive is, simply, bogus. In words:

    Today, even Citibank estimates that transitioning to clean energy will globally save an estimated $1.8 trillion in comparison to a business-as-usual scenario by 2040

  • The effect of Germany’s eco-tax is slowly diminishing. So Mr Klusmann suggests to index eco-taxes. The reason:

    the whole idea of environmental taxes is not to increase the level of taxation, but to focus the existing level on discouraging environmentally damaging consumption.

  • And all this energy transition in Germany is starting to pay off:

    The Fraunhofer Institute has found that Germany made about €1.7 billion, or $1.93 billion, in 2014 by selling surplus electricity. In 2015, that amount could reach €2 billion or $2.2 billion.


  • Responsibility to Act – Sustainable Development Goals 2015, in Rotondes, Luxembourg, from 7th-9th December 2015. For more information go here:
  • Climate Ethics and Climate Economics: Discounting the Future, in Oxford University’s Martin School, Oxford, UK, from 13-14 January 2016. Keynotes by Simon Caney and Partha Dasgupta. More information here:
  • ISDRS 2016 – Rethinking Sustainability Models and Practices: Challenges for the New and Old World Contexts, to be held 13-15 July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. For more information follow this LINK.

As always, you can find all the information on conferences, workshops and seminars in my environmental economics calender on the right.

Reyer Gerlagh

Current position
: Professor of Environmental Economics at Tilburg University

Year of birth: 1969


IDEAS profile:


In 1999 Reyer Gerlagh received his PhD in economics. His research won him a prestigious scholarship, the “Vernieuwingsimpuls”, a grant of € 650,000 by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). He visited Oslo, January-June 2006, by invitation from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters to work at the Centre of Advanced Studies on the interaction between environmental policy and technology. From 2006 to 2009, he held a chair in Environmental Economics at Economics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester, UK. Reyer Gerlagh is now Professor at Tilburg University, associate editor of ERE and Energy Economics, and coordinating lead author of the fifth assessment report of the IPCC, WG III. He has published many articles on climate change policy, technological change, sustainability, natural resources, and the green paradox.

I got to know Reyer several years ago at a climate change conference in Paris. There were several speakers, but the most interesting one was certainly Reyer. He leaves the impression that he knows his stuff and that he asks the right questions. He can be tough on those that are presenting at conferences, not asking questions in the roundabout way like many others do but pointing straight out at the problems in the analysis that he sees. Reyer calls himself a math nerd – and the medals he collected from competitions in national and international maths and physics competition certainly show that. But he is more than that – I would think of him more as someone who also understands what are the important questions in environmental economics and has the tools to answer them.

News round-up:

  • I came across this very interesting and informative issue on climate change by National Geographic. For a bit of trivia, some years ago, initially together with a Dutch climber, I built the climbing wall that goes up the 40m high cooling tower of the nuclear power plant in the picture under the rubrique “How do we fix it” and “Germany Has Some Revolutionary Ideas, and They’re Working“.
  • I was in Lisbon last week at the UECE Lisbon Meeting 2015, which was a very interesting event. I’d like to thank Cecilia Vergari for having drawn my attention to this event. I presend an article co-authored with Georg Müller-Fürstenberger from the University of Trier, Germany, and for those interested you can download my: presentation.
  • The blog Marginal (R)evolution, by the seemingly never-fatigued , is my (unfortunate) main source for the obituary of famous economists. This time the unfortunate news were about Wallace Oates. His early work (together with William Baumol) on environmental policy basically shaped the research in the field for many years and will continue to do so for many years to come.


  • On Monday, Montag 9. November, at the Centre culturel P. Barblé in Strassen, Luxembourg, starting 19.30, I will attend a conference organized by the Ministerium für Nachhaltige Entwicklung und Infrastrukturen and the Klima-Bündnis Lëtzebuerg, entitled “Erneuerbare Energien erobern die Weltenergiemärkte“. More information available HERE.
  • Lunch seminar environmental economics, Paris 1, S/3 in the annex of the Maison des Sciences Economiques, 106/112 Boulevard de l’Hôpital, Thursday 12th November 12:30-13:30. Vicente Ruiz (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris School of Economics) will talk on “Do climatic events influence internal migration? Evidence from Mexico”. Abstract of the paper on the seminar website.

Job openings:

  • There are Postdoctoral Fellowships available from 1 September 2016 in CORE, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. CORE is a wonderful place to study and work, one of the most dynamic places I have come across and of definite interest for environmental economists. For more information follow this link:

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