We would be very grateful if you can distribute this call to anyone interested. Thank you!

We warmly invite you to submit your paper for presentation in the Subconference in Environmental Economics, organized by Ingmar Schumacher (IPAG Business School) and Eric Strobl (AMSE, Aix-Marseille School of Economics and IPAG Business School) and Cees Withagen (IPAG Business School & VU University Amsterdam) at the 8th International Research Meeting in Business and Management that will take place on 5-6 July 2017 in Nice, France.

Submission deadline (full paper) April 2, 2017

We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions on environmental economics and resource and energy economics, with emphasis on climate change economics; green growth; welfare, discounting and sustainable development; uncertainty and irreversibilities in dynamic resource use; the nexus between population, economic growth and the environment; environmental policy; empirical studies that focus on economic aspects of the environment.

We are very happy to announce that the keynote lectures will be held by Kjell Arne Brekke, University of Oslo, Norway and Lint Barrage, Brown University, United States.

Only papers in English are considered. They must be submitted electronically at http://ipag-irm.sciencesconf.org/. Please choose the Topic Subconference in Environmental Economics.



Submission deadline (full paper) April 2, 2017
Notification of review results May 2, 2017
Registration deadline June 5, 2017
Conference event July 5-6, 2017

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On Sunday 5th March there is the deadline for submissions to the ISEFI conference, organized by IPAG Business School in Paris, to be held 22-23 May 2017. Eric Strobl, Cees Withagen and myself are organizing the environmental economics half of that conference, while the rest of the conference will focus on energy and finance. Keynote speakers are Amy Myers Jaffe and Richard S.J. Tol. You can find more information and submission guidelines here: https://isefi.sciencesconf.org/   Please do consider presenting your article if you feel you have a nice contribution to environmental economics that you would like to share with us.

The European Environmental Agency just published the updates on the shares of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption across Europe. Nearly every European country fully met or even exceeded their targeted shares of renewable energy.  Only Netherlands did not meet its goal, while Luxembourg just about met its target. But Luxembourg’s performance is nevertheless really disappointing. I am going to argue that the only serious policy option for Luxembourg is to increase its renewables in energy target and thereby start to become energy independent.

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BUT, like oh so many times, there is a catch. In fact, there are two catches.

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Conference announcements:

As usual you can find the important dates in the calendar on the right

  • 6th FAERE workshop on the economics of green innovation is now available (see the attachment). MINES ParisTech (Paris, France) on 5-6 December 2016. You can obviously participate without presenting a paper. There is no registration fee, but you need to register by sending an e-mail to matthieu.glachant@mines-paristech.fr.
  • 10th Belgium Environmental Economics Day (BEED 2017), February 24 2017, KU Leuven, Campus Brussels. submission deadline: January 7th 2017, send email to sandra.rousseau@kuleuven.be
  • 5th International Symposium on Environment and Energy Finance Issues, Paris, 22-23 May 2017; deadline for paper submission 5th March 2017 https://isefi.sciencesconf.org/. Eric Strobl, Cees Withagen and myself organize the environmental economics part of this conference
  • The Institut D’Economie Industrielle (IDEI) and Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) are pleased to launch the Call for papers for the 11th Conference onThe Economics of Energy and Climate Change” in Toulouse on June 6-7, 2017. Submission deadline: January  22,  2017
  • 23rd Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and
    Resource Economists EAERE, Athens, 28 June – 01 July 2017, Papers should be submitted here. The deadline for paper submissions is 31 January 2017. Paper submitters will be notified as to the outcome of the peer review process on 30 March 2017
  • 8th International Research Meeting in Business and Management, Nice, 5-6 July 2017; deadline for paper submission 15 April 2017. Eric Strobl, Cees Withagen and myself we will organize the environmental economics subconference
  • For those who have missed the recent Sustainability workshop in Rouen, here is a video of the presentations: https://webtv.univ-rouen.fr/channels/#2016-2nd-workshop-sustainability

Many questions have been asked about the reasons behind #Brexit, about why Trump made it into oval office, the recent surge in right-wing political power in Europe, and I think the answers tend to be wrong. I think the answer to why these decisions were taken is really simple: Because their right-wing politicians provide the most convenient answer. And that is dangerous. Let me elaborate.

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Last evening I attended a discussion, organized by the Mouvement Écologique (Luxembourg’s biggest organization for sustainable development), about the possible direction that Luxembourg should take when it comes to its future. Invited speakers were Professor Reinhard Loske and Professor Harald Welzer, and the moderation was done by the never-fatigued Blanche Weber. In this post I will discuss what Luxembourg’s politicians should think about when they discuss policy options that influence Luxembourg’s future.

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