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12th Ruhr Graduate Summer School


International Climate Policy – Is a breakthrough imminent?

Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century. Abatement, mitigation and related policies incur costs primarily at the national level. However, preventing global warming will benefit all countries, albeit to varying degrees. Whereas Germany is continuing to push its transition to cleaner sources of energy, other countries are much less consistent in their climate policy. In the past, major economies like the US and China had steered away from coordinated international climate policy, causing significant displacement effects in the global economy. Recently, the United States and China have become willing to take on more responsibility and to take concrete action.

This year’s Ruhr Graduate Summer School, taking place for the twelfth time at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), was concerned with the analysis of the potential consequences of these changes. Prof. Dr. Volker Clausen, Chair of International Economic Relations, was again able to win internationally renowned colleagues for the week-long workshop: Edward Balistreri from the Colorado School of Mines, USA, and Christoph Bohringer of the University of Oldenburg. The group of participants was also international, coming primarily from other European countries. Clausen notes: "One participant came all the way from Kazakhstan, where he uses general equilibrium models to evaluate climate policy measures in the context of projects by the World Bank. This underscores the relevance of the method and also the global importance of the topics of the workshop."

Among the participants of the fully-booked, fee-based event were also representatives from ministries and research institutes. "This mix of basic research and scientific policy advising is the particular charm of this event," said Clausen.

The annual workshop is offered by the Ruhr Graduate School of Economics (RGS Econ). RGS Econ is an internationally renowned doctoral program in economics, operated jointly by the Universities of Bochum, Dortmund and Duisburg-Essen and the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research.

2016 RGS Summer School