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
LSE Environment Week 2023
11-14 September 2023 LSE Environment Week presents an opportunity for economists from all fields of economics and policymakers to discuss the latest research on environmental issues and to connect this work to policy change. Find out more...
Are people willing to pay to move away from coal-fired plants?
Phasing out coal-fired power is key to mitigate climate change. However, fast-growing nations such as India and China still invest heavily in coal as an energy source. Popular pressure could revert this situation, but it is not clear whether those who reside near coal plants are aware of their negative consequences. Azhar Hussain investigates how people value air quality and their willingness to pay to move away from coal-fired power.. 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...
Clare Balboni is Assistant Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics and member of STICERD. She has a PhD in Economics from LSE and was previously 3M Career Development Assistant Professor of Environmental Economics at MIT. Read more...