EAERE 2022
Rimini, Italy
28 Jun - 01 Jul 2022
27th Annual Conference
of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Pre-conference workshop: The economics of a just and equitable climate transition

Pre-conference Workshop of the 27th Annual EAERE Conference

The economics of a just and equitable transition

27-28 Jun 2022, Hybrid Workshop: Onsite and online

Organizing committee: Jan Steckel (MCC) Massimo Tavoni (RFF-CMCC) Elena Verdolini (RFF-CMCC) 
The aim of this workshop is to discuss how methods in environmental and resource economics can contribute to assess and quantify the impact of the low carbon transition on certain parts of society, and how they can be alleviated. It will present approaches to identify policies that can be put in place to correct pre-existing and transition-induced inequalities. The workshop will thus focus on issues related to employment, distributional impacts of policies, and public acceptance of the climate transition, with the aim to foster a debate on the research and policy agenda focusing on the Just Transition.

Addressing climate change will only be successful when related policies are perceived as fair and equitable. Climate change impacts will lead to severe economic losses, unevenly distributed across countries and regions, generations and individuals; they will aggravate existing inequalities and create new ones. Yet, the costs associated with the energy transition or external shocks may also disproportionately burden vulnerable households, firms, communities and social groups. The EAERE community has long addressed topics linked with the distributional impacts of climate change policies, and their repercussions on and prospect for the labor market and the public perception around tradeoffs between mitigation and economic growth. In recent years, novel methods have emerged to approach these topics. A deeper and meaningful dialogue can be fostered by building bridges between different research communities within and outside of EAERE.

The workshop has two aims. First, it takes stock of the methods in economics and other social sciences which can contribute to an assessment of the Just Transition. It will explore how methodologies and assessment tools used in climate economics and modeling have been used to inform the debate regarding a just transition. Recent developments, theoretical, empirical and numerical, will be discussed to highlight how different methodological approaches can contribute to the academic debate on key topics relevant for the Just Transition. Second, it looks forward and discusses how to develop the Just Transition research agenda with the aim of informing the policy debate. This includes broadening the attention to methods and insights from other research fields, as well as discussing how to use the available evidence to inform the current policy debate and identify key knowledge gaps and potential avenues for future research.

The workshop is organized in three thematic sessions: Workforce and Employment, Vulnerable Households and Firms, and Public Acceptance. Each session will last approximately for one and half hours and will present short talks by invited speakers, followed by discussion among participants. A final round table discussion will gather reaction from high-profile individuals engaged in research and policy making.
Onsite participation is free and open to the public and will take place in Aula Alberti 10 of the UniBo Rimini Campus (Piazzetta Teatini, 13, Rimini RN). Onsite registration is open until June 10 or until room capacity is reached.
The workshop is supported by the H2020-MSCA-RISE projects GEMCLIME-2020 (GA No. 681228) and GEOCEP project (GA No. 870245).
Last update on June 22, 2022