Edwin van der Werf
P.O. Box 8130
Phone: +31 (0)317 48 3318
I'm an Assistant Professor of economics at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. My research is focussed on the economics of climate policy and on answering questions such as
``How do owners of stocks of fossil fuels respond to imperfectly implemented climate policy?''; ``What instruments can policy makers use to reduce emissions and support technological
change?''; ``Can renewable energy subsidies reduce emissions and boost employment?''. Among other things, I'm currently working on forest management choices in East Kalimantan when costs and
damages on residual stand differ between conventional and sustainable forest management techniques, and on coal supply elasticities for the US.
The Green Paradox and its empirical relevance for economists
My paper, with Corrado Di Maria and Ian Lange, on the response of coal mines and electric power utilities in the US to the announcement of the Acid Rain Program, has been accepted for publication
in European Economic Review. We show that coal prices fell after the announcement of the future cap on sulphur dioxide emissions, and more so for high-sulphur coal. However, only utilities
that were active on the spot market were able to increase their coal demand. What's more, the sulfur intensity of coal decreased rather than increased.
The Green Paradox and its empirical relevance in layman's terms
I've published a column, with Corrado Di Maria and Ian Lange, on VoxEU.org
discussing our findings on the empirical relevance of Hans-Werner Sinn's Green Paradox (the thesis that imperfect climate policies may induce an increase rather than a decrease in
greenhouse gas emissions due to behaviour of resource owners).