Economics of Environment and Energy
The Economics of Environment and Energy (EEE) Programme gathers a dynamic group of researchers working on the interaction between human activity and the natural environment.We capture work both on how economic growth can be made cleaner but also on how to mitigate the damages from this growth.
Our objective is to bring these concerns into mainstream economics and to create the policy-relevant research needed to address environmental and energy challenges at scale and speed.
Our areas of interest, among others, include technological innovation, economic growth, climate change, pandemics, political economy, infrastructure, cities, migration, welfare policies, pollution, biodiversity loss, environmental degradation, energy, occupational change and behavioral change.
We collaborate with the International Growth Centre (IGC) and the Grantham Research Institute (GRI) at the LSE and the Becker-Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago to bring together an international community of researchers and policy makers interested in these issues.
We also help train the next generation of scholars working on the economics of environment and energy by running a pre-doctoral research assistant programme and by guiding the work of current LSE PhD students. We are grateful for the generous financial support provided by ERC Advanced Grant #743278
Cycles of Fire? Politics and Forest Burning in Indonesia
Clare Balboni, Robin Burgess, Anton Heil, Jonathan Old and Benjamin A. Olken test whether politics affects environmental degradation by exploiting the variation in political incentives induced by electoral cycles. Read more...
Demand for Electricity on the Global Frontier
Falling off-grid solar prices and subsidized grid extension are revolutionizing choice for the billion people without electricity. Robin Burgess and colleagues look at the demand over all electricity sources in Bihar, India, during a four-year period when electrification rates leapt from 27% to 64% Read more...
Robin Burgess is Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, a Director of the IGC, and Director of the Economics of Environment and Energy Programme at STICERD. Robin has published on a variety of topics – natural disasters, mass media, rural banks, land reform, labor regulation, industrial policy, taxation, poverty and growth. Read more...