Beijer Discussion Paper
What policies address both the coronavirus crisis and the climate crisis?

Engström, G. J. Gars, N. Jaakkola, T. Lindahl, D. Spiro and A. van Benthem. 2020. Beijer Discussion Paper 271: What policies address both the coronavirus crisis and the climate crisis?. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

The coronavirus pandemic has led many countries to initiate unprecedented economic recovery packages. There have been widespread calls to prioritize dealing with a second, looming crisis—climate change—when designing these economic stimulus packages. In this paper we identify policies that promote both goals simultaneously. We analyze both the long-run climate impacts from coronavirus-related economic recovery policies, and the impacts of long-run climate policies on economic recovery...

Journal article
Valuing individual characteristics and the multifunctionality of urban green spaces: The integration of sociotope mapping and hedonic pricing

Czembrowski, P., E. Łaszkiewicz, J.Kronenberg, G. Engström, and E. Andersson. 2019. Valuing individual characteristics and the multifunctionality of urban green spaces: The integration of sociotope mapping and hedonic pricing. PloS one 14 (3): e0212277.

We categorize Stockholm’s urban green spaces according to the use values and social meanings they support, based on a sociotope mapping, and estimate their impact on property prices with a hedonic pricing model. The approach allows us to identify the most and least desired green space characteristics (attributes) and to assess the willingness to pay for the multifunctionality of green spaces. To do this, we...

Journal article
Policy design for the Anthropocene

Sterner, T., E. B. Barbier, I. Bateman, I. van den Bijgaart, A-S. Crépin, O. Edenhofer, C. Fischer, W. Habla, J. Hassler, O. Johansson-Stenman, A. Lange, S. Polasky, J. Rockström, H. G. Smith, W. Steffen, G. Wagner, J. E. Wilen, F. Alpízar, C. Azar, D. Carless,C. Chávez, J. Coria, G. Engström, S. C. Jagers, G. Köhlin, Å. Löfgren, H. Pleijel and A. Robinson. 2019. Policy design for the Anthropocene. Nature Sustainability 2:14–21.

Today, more than ever, ‘Spaceship Earth’ is an apt metaphor as we chart the boundaries for a safe planet1. Social scientists both analyse why society courts disaster by approaching or even overstepping these boundaries and try to design suitable policies to avoid these perils. Because the threats of transgressing planetary boundaries are global, long-run, uncertain and interconnected, they must be analysed together to avoid conflicts...

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Construction of register-based commuting measures

Blind. I., M. Dahlberg, G. Engström and J. Östh. 2018. Construction of register-based commuting measures. CESifo Economic Studies 64(2):292-326.

Early empirical studies in labour and urban economics addressing the role of commuting (on, e.g., wages and locational choice) have typically been confined to the use of survey data. Researchers are, however, increasingly getting access to large register databases with detailed information on where individuals live and work. A variety of methods have thus emerged to exploit the geocoded characteristic of the data to calculate...

Beijer Discussion Paper
The Unintended Consequences of a Global Carbon Tax

Engström., G, J. Gars, C.K.. Krishnamurthy, R. Calel, T. Lindahl, B.G. Narayanan, and D. Spiro. 2018. Beijer Discussion Paper 261: The Unintended Consequences of a Global Carbon Tax. Beijer Discussion Paper Series.

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Operationalising a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean

Crépin, A.-C., Å. Gren, G. Engström and D. Ospina. 2017. Operationalising a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean. Ambio 46:S475–S485.

We propose a framework to support management that builds on a social–ecological system perspective on the Arctic Ocean. We illustrate the framework’s application for two policy-relevant scenarios of climate-driven change, picturing a shift in zooplankton composition and alternatively a crab invasion. We analyse archetypical system dynamics between the socioeconomic, the natural, and the governance systems in these scenarios. Our holistic approach can help managers identify...

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Resilience offers escape from trapped thinking on poverty alleviation

Lade, S.J., L.J. Haider, G. Engström, and M. Schlüter. 2017. Resilience offers escape from trapped thinking on poverty alleviation. Science Advances 3(5):e1603043.

The poverty trap concept strongly influences current research and policy on poverty alleviation. Financial or technological inputs intended to “push” the rural poor out of a poverty trap have had many successes but have also failed unexpectedly with serious ecological and social consequences that can reinforce poverty. Resilience thinking can help to (i) understand how these failures emerge from the complex relationships between humans and...

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Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing

Engström, G., and Å. Gren. 2017. Capturing the value of green space in urban parks in a sustainable urban planning and design context: pros and cons of hedonic pricing. Ecology and Society 22(2):21.

Sixty percent of the land that will be urban in 2030 has yet to be built. Contemporary urban development is unsustainable and focus is on building dense, often at the expense of urban green space (UGS), at the same time as our understanding of links between green spaces and human well-being, especially health, is increasing. There is a need to better understand and analyze human...

Journal article
The risks of nuclear disaster and its impact on housing prices

Ando, M., M. Dahlberg, and G. Engström. 2017. The risks of nuclear disaster and its impact on housing prices. Economics Letter 154:13–16.

Using a data set on housing sales transactions we explore the potential effect of the Fukushima disaster on housing prices in Sweden. In contrast to most earlier findings in other countries we do not find any disproportionate effect from the Fukushima disaster on housing prices in vicinity of nuclear power plants in Sweden.

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Structural and climatic change

Engström, G. 2016. Structural and climatic change. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics 37:62–74.

This paper studies a multi-sector growth model where emissions from fossil fuels give riseto a climate externality. Each sector is impacted heterogeneously by climate change which together with technological differences induces factor reallocation over time. By solving the social planners problem and characterizing the competitive equilibrium this paper derivesa simple formula for optimal taxes and sectoral factor allocation which shows how the elasticity of substitution...