The Impact of Climate Policy on Environmental and Economic Performance: Evidence from Sweden, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Impact of Climate Policy on Environmental and Economic Performance

Evidence from Sweden, 1st Edition

By Rolf Färe, Shawna Grosskopf, Tommy Lundgren, Per-Olov Marklund, Wenchao Zhou


146 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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Sweden has a long history of ambitious environmental, energy and climate policy. Due to the large amount of data available it is possible to perform statistically sound analysis and assess long term changes in productivity, efficiency, and technological development. The data at hand together with Sweden’s ambitious energy and climate policy provides a unique opportunity to shed light on pertinent policy issues.

The Impact of Climate Policy on Environmental and Economic Performance answers several key questions:  What is the effect of the CO2 tax on environmental performance and profitability of firms? Does including emissions in productivity measurement of the industrial firm matter? Did the introduction of the EU ETS spur technological development in the Swedish industrial firm? What air pollutant is most inhibiting production when regulated? Being aware and learning from the Swedish case can be very relevant for countries that are in the process of shaping their climate policy.

This book is of great importance to researchers and policy makers who are interested in environmental economics, industrial economics and climate change. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Method and models

Chapter 3: Productivity: Should we include bads?

Chapter 4: Environmental performance and productivity - the role of national and EU level climate policy

Chapter 5: The Swedish CO2 tax, environmental performance, and impact on profits – A stochastic frontier analysis

Chapter 6: Regulation and unintended consequences: Which bad is worst?

Chapter 7: Cost-benefit analysis with DEA: Measuring expense effectiveness

About the Authors

Rolf Färe is a Professor of Economics and Applied Economics at Oregon State University. As a former student of Ronald W. Shephard, his main research interest is in production theory, especially in an activity analysis or DEA framework, and applications in numerous fields, including environmental economics, energy efficiency, and health. Since 2015 he has been an Adjunct Faculty at the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, USA.

Shawna Grosskopf is Professor Emerita and currently an adjunct professor at the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Umeå, Sweden. Recent research has included work on using directional distance functions to model productivity in the presence of environmental byproducts and assessing performance in the health sector.

Tommy Lundgren is a Professor of Economics at the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, Umeå, Sweden. His research is mainly focused on applied policy analysis related to the environment. Currently, he is running a project assessing industrial energy demand and energy efficiency in Sweden.

Per-Olov Marklund is a Researcher at the National Institute of Economic Research (NIER), Stockholm, Sweden. His research focuses on applied policy analysis that relates to the environment. He is currently involved in research on green public procurement as an environmental policy instrument.

Wenchao Zhou is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Regional Sciences at Umeå University, Sweden.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Economics was established in 2001 and has since provided a key port of call for leading research in the field. As well as the core discipline of environmental economics, the remit of the series extends to natural resources, ecological economics, environmental studies and environmental science, with issues explored including energy, permit trading, valuation, taxation and climate change. The series is edited by Nick Hanley of the University of St Andrews.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics