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Contact Information:
 
Edwin van der Werf
Wageningen University
P.O. Box 8130
6700 EW
Wageningen
the Nederlands
 
Phone: +31 (0)317 48 3318
E-mail: edwin.vanderwerf@wur.nl
 
 


[Picture Edwin van der Werf]

 
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 an assessment of proposals to reform the EU ETS.

The role of standards in environmental policy and eco-innovation
With Herman Vollebergh, I've published a paper in Review of Environmental Economics and Policy on the role of standards in environmental policy and eco-innovation. We argue that economists tend to have a too narrow view on standards and that standards have significantlyh contributed to eco-innovations. Did I wet your appetite? Read the full paper here [WP version].

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 appeared 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).