Environmental Economics

What happens in the long run to the availability and price of scarce commodities such as oil, coal, gas and other resources that are non-renewable? Or, is the scarce resource the earth climate system where carbon dioxide accumulates from burning the fossil-fuel resources? How much of these resources can be used without triggering dangerous and irreversible tipping points in the climate system? What instruments and mechanisms can be introduced to preserve common-pool resources where the resource itself can be, for instance, fish, forest, or the climate system? What is the role of renewable resources in the transition towards sustainable society?

Environmental Economics Research Group

Overcoming the problem of externalities is a fundamental challenge for both private and public organizations. Environmental economics is primarily concerned with identifying and measuring environmental externalities, proposing conceptual solutions, suggesting implementable policies, and finally evaluating the performance of the policies in place. The lessons vary across institutional settings and depend on domain knowledge ranging from climate change to more local fisheries or ground-water management problems. But the lessons have in common that they are all derived from the same conceptual framework. Because environmental policies are being rolled out widely in the society, the applied work of the group covers a large number of sectors: transportation, electricity, housing, energy commodity markets, forest industry, and, for example, industries affected by the European emissions trading. The group is also strong in resource economics that is concerned with privately owned resources and their optimal use over time.

Environmental Economics Reading Group
  • The aim of the reading group is to read empirical papers related to your ongoing or planned research topics. The reading group sessions are intended to be as informal as possible. In each session there is a chair person who chooses the paper, initiates the discussion and takes care of the timetable. No presentations are needed.

  • Date: 25/09/2019 3:00 pm
    Location: VATT 1st floor meeting room

  • Date: 09/10/2019 3:00 pm
    Location: VATT 1st floor meeting room

  • Date: 30/10/2019 3:00 pm
    Location: VATT 1st floor meeting room

  • Date: 20/11/2019 3:00 pm
    Location: VATT 1st floor meeting room

  • Date: 11/12/2019 3:00 pm
    Location: VATT 1st floor meeting room

Matti Liski

Chair of the group, Professor

Topi Hokkanen

Member, PhD student

Kimmo Palanne

Member, PhD student

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