We humans try to shape nature to our hearts’ content, and at the same time we attempt to provide space for nature to continue in its own ways. While we live in seemingly ever-expanding cities, we also try to recognize and acknowledge that all species have a right to live beside us. What and where do we set the limits though?

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This is Nice. Nice is nice. You will see the beach, but you have to work first! It’ll both be worth it though.

This is the last opportunity to submit your paper to the (sub-)conference on Environment and Economic Growth that I am organizing together with Eric Strobl to be held in Nice, France, on the 11-12th July 2016. This sub-conference, mistakenly named special session (but it is really a bigger event with many sessions), is part of the bigger IPAG 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management.

We have a fantastic selection of very strong researchers with a good variety of research agendas in environmental economics, and if you know me then you know that I do not exaggerate these promises.

Submit your papers to the Special Session in Environment and Economic Growth before Tuesday 26th of April 2016 since we now want to finalize the programme. Follow this link HERE and see you in Nice!


We warmly invite you to submit your paper for presentation in the Special Session on Environment and Economic Growth, organized by Ingmar Schumacher (IPAG Business School) and Eric Strobl (AMSE, Aix-Marseille School of Economics and IPAG Business School) at the 7th International Research Meeting in Business and Management that will take place on 11-12 July 2016 in Nice, France.

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 Cees Withagen (VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands) and Ujjayant Chakravorty (Tufts University, USA).

Only papers in English are considered. They must be submitted electronically at http://ipag-irm.sciencesconf.org/. Please choose the Topic SS Environment and Economic Growth.



Deadline for paper submissions: April 15, 2016

Notification of acceptance/rejection: May 15, 2016

Registration deadline: June 15, 2016

Conference event: July 11-12, 2016


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Walking through Luxembourg’s country-side, one notices incredible amounts of litter everywhere along the streets and forests. Every couple of meters one finds empty plastic bottles or pieces of rubbish lying around. Remind you, Luxembourg is one of the richest countries in the world. If Luxembourg cannot handle its own waste and litter, how and why should one expect poorer countries to do otherwise? Also, how can we expect that our oceans are ever going to be free of plastic if we cannot even handle the litter on our own doorsteps?

Clearly, politicians in Luxembourg are doing way too little and surprisingly don’t seem to treat this as a serious problem. This is very annoying. But one cannot always point the finger at politicians. This is everyone’s problem. There does not seem to be a sufficiently strong social norm to reduce littering.

So here are simple rules, for some they may unfortunately be #ProvocativeThoughts, on litter:

  1. Don’t litter – your home is not only your house. You don’t litter in your house, so don’t litter in home, i.e. your community.
  2. If you don’t want that others litter in your area, then don’t litter in other people’s community.
  3. If you see someone littering, don’t be shy, tell them off!
  4. Most importantly: If everyone picks up a piece of litter every day, all communities will be clean.

We need more social norms such as point #4, so I will re-iterate on this again:

If everyone picks up a piece of litter every day, then our communities will be clean again. Start today!

Germany is without doubt one of the green role models that the world is looking at, especially with respect to its energiewende. But how green is Germany really?

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