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Thomas Sterner


Thomas Sterner

+46 31 786 1377

Room number: E-609
Postal Address: Box 640, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 41124 Göteborg

Department of Economics (More Information)
Box 640
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Vasagatan 1 , 411 24 Göteborg

About Thomas Sterner

Thomas Sterner is professor of environmental economics. For the academic year 2015-2016 he was elected as a visiting professor at the Collège de France. During the year he presented a series of seminars (pdf) related to the design of economic policy instruments to manage local as well as global environmental problems.

In 2012-2013 he was on sabbatical leave from Gothenburg university and worked as Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). His main areas of work at the EDF were, among other things, related to instrument design for climate policy and catch shares in fisheries.

During the last two decades he has built up the Environmental Economics Unit (EEU) at the University of Gothenburg, with a staff of about a dozen PhDs and another dozen graduate students. The unit gives a unique PhD program (with a large participation of graduate students from developing countries financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida), masters and undergraduate programs as well as a large number of other research and teaching activities within the area of environmental economics.


On other web sites

Research areas

  • Resource Management in Developing Countries
  • Economics of Energy Use and Climate Change
  • Economics of Fisheries & Coastal Zone Management
  • Comparative Efficiency of Economic Policy Instruments in various Sectors

Research in progress

  • STI Transportforskning, Jan/15 -
  • Sida EfD, Jan/15 -
  • Innovationer för hållbart långväga resande (Vinnova), Nov/16 - Dec/19

Teaching areas

  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy

Selected publications

Policy sequencing toward decarbonization
Meckling, Jonas, Sterner, Thomas, Wagner, Gernot
Nature Energy, s. 1-5, 2017

Discounting and Relative Consumption
Johansson-Stenman, Olof, Sterner, Thomas
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 71:May, s. 19-33, 2015

An Even Sterner Review - Introducing Relative Prices into the Discounting Debate
Sterner, Thomas, Persson, U. Martin
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2:1, s. 61-76, 2008

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Carbon Taxation: A Tale of Three Countries
Patrick Criqui, Mark Jaccard, Thomas Sterner
Sustainability, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Environmentally differentiated port dues
Linda Styhre, J von Bahr, Rickard Bergqvist, S Bäckström, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall et al.
Gothenburg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, Report 2019

International and national climate policies for aviation: a review
Jörgen Larsson, Anna Elofsson, Thomas Sterner, Jonas Åkerman
Climate Policy, Review article 2019
Review article

Policy design for the Anthropocene
Thomas Sterner, Edward B. Barbier, Ian Bateman, Inge van den Bijgaart, Anne Sophie Crépin et al.
Nature Sustainability, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Grandfathering: Environmental Uses and Impacts
Maria Damon, Daniel Cole, Elinor Ostrom, Thomas Sterner
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Journal article 2019
Journal article


Selection and Design of Environmental Policy Instruments
Thomas Sterner, Elizabeth Robinson
Handbook of Environmental Economics Vol. 4. edited by Partha Dasgupta, Subhrendu K. Pattanayak, V. Kerry Smith., Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

An ex post evaluation of energy-efficiency policies across the European Union
Jens Ewald, Thomas Sterner, Luis-Gaëtan Giraudet, Magnus Hennlock, Érika Mata et al.
World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

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