Strong Presence and Diversity of Topics: ZEW Researchers Present Research Results at Conference in Rimini


Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) 2022

Dr. Madeline Werthschulte during the presentation of her dissertation in environmental and resource economics.

This year, the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Climate Economics” again presented its latest findings in the field of environmental economics at the annual conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE). In addition, there were also two ZEW presentations from the Research Department “Digital Economy” and the Research Group “Health Care Markets and Health Policy”. A total of nine ZEW researchers presented their results from 28 June to 1 July 2022 in Rimini, Italy.

The nine ZEW contributions allowed insights into very different facets of environmental and climate policy. Among other things, the contributions examined the drivers of emissions in German industry and the design of CO2 pricing. The researchers discussed behavioural economic experiments on climate-friendly action, analysed the discrepancies between intention and actual behaviour in adapting to climate change and shed light on the relationship between digitalisation and energy demand in industry.

The broad spectrum is also reflected in the titles of the different ZEW contributions at the flagship conference of European environmental and resource economists:

  1. Janna Axenbeck: What Drives the Relationship between Digitalization and Industrial Energy Demand? – Exploring Firm-Level Heterogeneity.
  2. Lara Bartels: Scaling-Up Social Norms? Field Experimental Evidence on the Impact of Institutional Norms on Individual Behavior.
  3. Yasemin Karamik: Gone with the Wind: The Effect of Air Pollution on Crime – Evidence from Germany
  4. Martin Kesternich: The Unintended Consequences of Pro-Environmental Signaling: Field Evidence from a Voluntary Carbon Offsetting Program among Firms.
  5. Daniel Osberghaus: The Intention- Behavior Gap in Climate Change Adaptation.
  6. Sebastian Rausch: Pricing Carbon in a Multi-Sector Economy with Social Discounting.
  7. Elisa Rottner: Do Manufacturing Plants Respond to Exogenous Changes in Electricity Prices? Evidence from Administrative Micro-Data.
  8. Kathrine von Graevenitz: What Drives Carbon Emissions in German Manufacturing: Scale, Technique or Composition?
  9. Madeline Werthschulte: More than just a Price Decrease: Field Experimental Evidence on the Mechanisms of an Energy Efficiency Subsidy.

Conference held in person again and honours ZEW researcher

After the conference had been held digitally in the last two years due to the pandemic, this year was the first time that the more than 751 researchers were able to discuss current environmental and climate-economic face-to-face again. A special highlight for ZEW in Rimini was Dr. Madeline Werthschulte receiving an Honourable Mention for her outstanding dissertation in environmental and resource economics. Every year, the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) honours the three best doctoral theses in this field to promote academic innovation.

Professor Sebastian Rausch, head of the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Climate Economics”, draws an overwhelmingly positive conclusion at the end of conference: “After two years of digital conferences, it was a great pleasure to be able to discuss and exchange ideas in person with researchers from Europe and the USA and to get stimulating impulses. We were able to present results from very different ZEW projects, receive valuable input for our work on climate policy, decarbonisation and the energy transition, and strengthen our network in the international research community.”