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10th Ruhr Graduate Summer School


Climate and international trade - two topics that are closely linked as the costs of climate policy for each country and region are severely influenced by international trade.

What does this imply for applied political consulting?

This was the topic of this year's Ruhr Graduate Summer School from September 29th to October 3rd at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The workshop already celebrated its ten year jubilee with international scientists from all over the globe.

The heterogeneity of costs resulting from different climate policies are to a large extent driven by the varying role of international trade across countries. While strong businesses grow and develop foreign markets, weak businesses diminish. The goal of the workshop is to "implement recent research results into scientific policy consulting", says Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen (professor for international economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen).

State of the art in current research are so called general equilibrium models which allow assessing welfare effects for specific countries while accounting for redistribution and outsourcing on a global perspective. As an example serves the examination of the effects of a carbon tax on production structure, employment and income dispersion. The participants of the summer school studied the application of advanced general equilibrium models in terms of software and data needs.

Well known experts such as Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhringer (University of Oldenburg) and Prof. Dr. Edward Balisteri (Colorado School of Mines, USA) taught the international students coming from countries such as Colombia, Japan, South-Korea, Turkey or the Ukraine. "This displays the international relevance of climate and trade policy", Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen argues.

The fully booked 10th Ruhr Graduate Summer School is part of the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics. Following Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen, "the cooperation among the UA Ruhr (the alliance of the Universities from the Ruhr Area) together with the RWI is well established and ensures the visibility of the Ruhr Area as a location of scientific excellence."

2014 RGS Summer School