Letter from the editor

Carmen Arguedas, AERNA Newsletter Editor

Dear AERNA colleagues and friends,

Very happy 2017! It is my great pleasure to introduce the contents of the sixth issue of our AERNA Newsletter (January 2017). This new issue of the Newsletter contains the traditional sections on Institutional Highlights and Research Highlights, followed by information on job opportunities, upcoming conferences and the list of our institutional members in 2017.

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Institutional highlights

Presidential Correspondence

Antoni Riera, President of AERNA

Welcome to 2017! AERNA Newsletter is back and ready for another year. As the sustainable economy continues to gain traction in business, education, policy and research, we are expecting to have an even larger number of great substantive studies, policy issues, reviews and advice about specific policy documents, workshops … to share with you, so stay tuned. Don’t forget that the best ways to stay up-to-date with everything on AERNA is to follow us in our website and sign-up for our newsletter. (read more ⇓)


AERNA 2016 Conference

Margarita Robaina, President of the Organizing Committee

The VII Conference of AERNA took place in Aveiro on last September, 2016, and was organized by the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT) and the Research Center in Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policy (GOVCOPP) of the University of Aveiro. (read more ⇓)


Prize for the best presentation at the AERNA 2016 Conference

to María Victoria Román de Lara, Basque Center for Climate Change

For the paper “What Determines the Magnitude of the Economic Impact of Climate Finance in Recipient Countries? A Structural Decomposition of Value Added Creation Between Countries” (joint work with Iñaki Arto and Alberto Ansuategi)


Prize for the best published paper at the AERNA 2016 Conference

to Francisco J. André, Universidad Computense de Madrid, and Sjak Smulders, Tilburg University

For the paper «Fueling Growth When Oil Peaks: Directed Technological Change and the Limits to Efficiency», published in the European Economic Review in 2014, vol. 69, Pages 18–39.


SECOND AERNA WORKSHOP ON GAME THEORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, Madrid, 4-5 September, 2017.

Alejandro Caparrós, Coordinator of the Working Group on Game Theory and Environmental and Resource Economics

Building on the success of the First Workshop celebrated in 2015, this event will bring together researches affiliated to the AERNA Working Group on Game Theory and Environmental and Resource Economics, and invites submissions of papers that deal with environmental and resource economics problems using any of the branches of Game Theory. Theoretical and empirical contributions are welcome, including, but not limited to, coalition formation, dynamic games, bargaining, behavioral economics and experimental economics. (read more ⇓)


Research highlights

PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY ON FARM LAND: WHICH TYPE OF AGRI-ENVIRONMENTAL MEASURE DOES IT BETTER?

Esther Estruch Bosch, Universitat de Lleida; Nuria Oses-Eraso, Universidad Pública de Navarra e INARBE; and Montserrat Viladrich-Grau, Universitat de Lleida

Protecting biodiversity is one of the main environmental challenges that we face today within the European Union. Europe’s biodiversity is heavily influenced by human activities including agriculture (EEA, 2015). A large number of species and habitats protected under the Habitats and/or the Birds Directive depend on agricultural land (EC, 2014). Natura 2000 network focuses on the protection of species and habitats whose survival is threatened by human practices, but also recognizes the need to maintain agricultural activity in these protected areas. Some of the farmlands included in Natura 2000 areas are intensively managed or could become so, transformed by the implementation of some modernization projects. (read more ⇓)


DEVELOPMENTS AND CHALLENGES FOR NATIONAL ACCOUNTS’ INDICATORS OF SUSTAINABILITY

Rui Gama Mota, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

In the recent decades there have been important contributions on how to use national accounting aggregates to measure welfare improvement and sustainability. Weitzman (1976) shows the link between welfare changes and national accounting aggregates. Current net national income, measured as the sum of consumption and net investment, is proportional to the current maximum welfare attainable along the optimal path. From this, it can be seen that average future consumption will be above (below) current consumption if and only if net income is increasing (decreasing) or net investment is positive (negative). The comprehensive measure of net income is typically called green net national income (GNNI), whereas the comprehensive measure of net investments is termed genuine savings or adjusted net savings (ANS).

If sustainable development is to mean the feasibility of maintaining the current level of well-being indefinitely, Pezzey (2004) shows that ANS can serve as a one-sided sustainability test. That is, negative ANS implies a future decline in utility, so current well-being cannot be maintained. However, non-negative ANS is not sufficient to guarantee a sustainable development.

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REMARKS ON PRO-SOCIAL AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN PROTECTED AREAS

Esther Blanco, Department of Public Finance, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and The Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University, USA

Pro-social and anti-social behavior are often times understood as opposing behavior in a continuum. In such spirit, previous research mainly from economics or psychology implicitly or explicitly assumes that individuals’ social values can be measured by means of mutually exclusive types (Charness and Rabin, 2002; Fischbacher et al., 2001; Grzelak et al., 1988; Liebrand and McClintock, 1988). Games measuring social value orientation classify people as either selfish, altruist, conditional cooperator, caring for group efficiency, inequality averse, or caring for the least well-off player, among others. But are such social preferences indeed mutually exclusive? And are these social preferences inherent to the individual or can they change upon the context of decision-making? (read more ⇓)


Job opportunities

European Job Market for Environmental and Resource Economists

Econ Job Market

Events

AERE 6th Annual Summer Conference. Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, 31 May - 2 June 2017.


EAERE 23nd Annual Conference. Athens, Greece, 28 June - 1 July 2017.


2017 International Energy Workshop. College Park, Maryland USA, 12 - 14 July 2017.


7th Congress of EAAERE. Singapore, 5 - 7 August, 2017.


2nd AERNA Workshop on Game Theory and the Environment. Madrid, 4 - 5 September 2017.


6th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists. Gothenburg, Sweden, 25-29 June 2018.


Madrid Environmental Economics Seminars, Periodic event.

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERS

These are AERNA institutional members in 2017
AERNA is most grateful for their support!

  • AZTI-Tecnalia

    The Technology Center of Marine and Food Research.
    To imagine the future is a challenge that motivates and excites us everyday: To meet the demands of innovation and development in the marine and food industries. Together, we have no limits.

  • Basque Centre for Climate Change

    The BC3 is a Research Centre based in the Basque Country which aims to contribute to long term research on the causes and consequences of climate change in order to foster the creation of knowledge in this multidisciplinary science.

  • Factor CO2

    Factor CO2 is a global company that provides ideas and services to tackle climate change from innovative perspectives through our international network of offices. We have developed more than 900 projects for more than 380 clients in 30 different countries.

  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid

    The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is an institution with a long history and broad social recognition. UCM aspires to be among the foremost universities in Europe, and a reference centre for Latin America.

Public and private institutions are invited to support the Association to further its aims by joining AERNA as institutional members. Incomes from institutional membership fees are used exclusively and completely to further the aims of the Association.
Consult our fees, and join us!

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