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Empirical Environmental Economics



Ulrich Wagner (University of Mannheim)



31 August - 4 September 2020



15:30 to 18:30 CET

Intended for


Academics, researchers, practitioners, and graduate students interested in environmental economics and policy.



First-year Master or PhD level in econometrics and microeconomics.



The objective of this course is to introduce the main concepts and empirical tools used in the economic analysis of environmental policies. Participants will learn how to critically evaluate empirical research that employs both structural and reduced-form econometric methods. The course will cover a broad range of current topics in environmental, energy, and climate policy. The basic structure of the course will involve presentation and discussion of papers that should be read in advance.



Environmental regulation and industrial performance
- Carbon pricing
- Emissions trading
- Carbon leakage
Environmental cost benefit analysis
- Health impacts of pollution
- Hedonic valuation of environmental amenities
Political economy of environmental regulation
- Lobbying
- International agreements


Ulrich J. Wagner is Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim and Research Associate at ZEW Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research.His research has been published in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Review of Economic Studies, as well as in various field journals. In 2015 he was awarded the biennial Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics. He recently obtained a Consolidator Grant by the European Research Council (ERC).
Wagner is a co-editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, a co-editor of economics: the e-journal and an editorial board member of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He is a member of the executive council of the German Economic Association and program chair for its 2021 Annual Conference. He has advised several international organizations on environmental and climate policy, such as the World Bank, the OECD, the EBRD, and the EU Commission.
Wagner received his PhD in economics from Yale University in 2006 and subsequently joined Columbia University as an Earth Institute Fellow. Before joining the University of Mannheim in 2015, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid. He has been a visiting researcher at the Bank of Spain and holds affiliations with various research institutions in Europe.


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