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4th RGS Econ Summer School: Energy and Climate Policy in Theory and Practice


Questions on energy and climate policy in theory and practice were the pivotal point of the 4th Summer School hosted by the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ), which traditionally takes place at the University of Duisburg-Essen in the late summer. At the invitation of the organizer, Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen, both doctoral students from RGS Econ and numerous academics from German and foreign research institutions once again attended.

RGS Econ is supported jointly by the three universities in the Ruhr area - Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen - together with RWI Essen. Clausen, holder of the Chair in International Economic Relations and University Lecturer at RGS Econ, and eminent economist Prof. Christoph Böhringer projected their expert knowledge to the participants for five days. As Clausen commented, "The Summer School has been so convincingly successful that I am going to start immediately with the planning for the next RGS Summer School."

Following an introduction to the methodical fundamentals of numerical general equilibrium models, the breadth of applications for this analysis tool was demonstrated with various topics of energy and climate policy. These approaches permit firm estimates to be made of the macroeconomic costs and distribution effects of environmental policy measures - for instance the international implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. The participants learned how to implement these theoretically demanding models with the aid of special software and a special programming language, and to apply them to relevant questions.

Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhringer was the head of the Research Division on Environment and Resource Economics and Environmental Management at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim from 1999 to 2007, before taking up the Chair of Economic Policy at the University of Oldenburg in 2007. His research focuses on the field of empirical analysis of current questions of economic policy, predominantly with regard to environmental, energy and climate protection policy.

Böhringer is an internationally recognized expert in the field of applied general equilibrium modeling. He is in demand both at home and abroad as an expert on the evaluation of the effects of economic policy measures in taxation, energy and climate protection policy. It is therefore no wonder that his work as an adviser to national ministries, the European Commission and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has also directly contributed to political decision-making processes.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Stefan Rumpf (RGS Econ) Phone: +49 - 201- 8149-279