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WWWforEurope Conference on Modelling Growth and Socio-ecological Transition

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WWWforEurope Conference on

Modelling Growth and Socio-ecological Transition”

When: March 12th, 2013, 13.00 – 17.30

            March 13th, 2013, 9.00 – 18.00

Where: WIFO, Arsenal, Object 20, 1030 Vienna

Tuesday, March 12th 2013

The conference started with keynotes by Graciela Chichilnisky, author of the carbon market of the UN Kyoto Protocol and Professor of Economics and Statistics at Columbia University and Jan Rotmans, Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, founder of DRIFT (Dutch Research Institute for Transitions) and co-founder of Urgenda on "Modelling Growth and Socio-ecological Transitions: Chances and Challenges".

The aim of the conference was to promote the exchange of ideas among researchers active in the broad field of applied modelling, taking into account smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The availability of models incorporating the social and the environmental dimension is an important prerequisite to objectively and realistically evaluate the potential consequences of a socio-ecological transition.

Afterwards the WWWforEurope Area 2 project team, working on the environmental and physical dimension of the WWWforEurope project, presented their work related to the conference topic.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to the presentation of research papers dealing with growth and socio-ecological transition, which were discussed by experts with a special focus on their contribution to modelling growth and socio-ecological transition.

Click here for videos of the keynotes and commentary.



  • The Kyoto Protocol Carbon Market: Reflections by its Author (Graciela Chichilnisky, Columbia University) undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Transition Models: The Next Generation (Jan Rotmans, Erasmus University Rotterdam, DRIFT) undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Commentary held by Kurt Bayer of the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO)

Presentations of the WWWforEurope Area 2 project team

  • Conceptualizing Biophysical Contraints for European Economies (Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Institute of Social Ecology Vienna). Presentation on how biophysical constraints can be conceptualized for European Economies. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Resource Constraints in a Dynamic Econometric Input-Output Model (Kurt Kratena, Ina Meyer, WIFO) Presentation of a dynamic Econometric Input-Output Model that is able to deal with resource constraints. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Modelling Macroeconomics, Financial Crisis and Environment: Information for a sustainability transition (Jeroen van den Bergh, ICREA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, VU University Amsterdam) Presentation on sustainable transition, green growth, how core dimensions of growth can be modeled. undefinedDownload Presentation


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Wednesday, March 13th 2013

Session I:

  • Implications of a Persistent Low Growth Path (Andrea Stocker, Elke Pirgmaier, Friedrich Hinterberger, SERI, Anett Grossmann, Ingo Wolter, GWS) The presentation is based on a project that dealt with the question how the Austrian economy and society could cope with long-lasting low economic growth, measured in GDP. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Transition to Sustainability: Scenarios Towards a Low-carbon Economy (Giovanni Bernardo, Simone D'Alessandro, University of Pisa) The authors presented a macroeconomic model, where the monetary dynamics of an economy are modeled by the decisions of private banking system, rather than by central bank. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • GRO project: Modelling the Impact of Resources Constraints on Growth (Irene Monasterolo, Davide Natalini, Aled Jones, Victor Anderson, Anglia Ruskin University) This presentation is about the Global Resource Observatory (GRO) project that will develop a model to quantify the possible short term interactions of the human economy with the carrying capacity of the planet, providing information relevant to current and near future policy-making. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Ecological Macroeconomics: An Application to Climate Change (Armon Rezai, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Lance Taylor, New School for Social Research, Reinhard Mechler, Vienna University of Economics and Business, IIASA) The value of tackling key concerns of ecological economics within a Keynesian growth framework is presented. Further, key building blocks for a Keynesian model framework for an ecological macroeconomics are laid out. undefinedDownload Presentation

Session II

  • Data Envelopment Analysis for Measuring of Economic Growth in Terms of Welfare Beyond GDP (Martin Labaj, Eduard Nezinsky, University of Economics in Bratislava, Mikulas Luptacik, University of Economics in Bratislava, Vienna University of Economic and Business) Several approaches to productivity measures are discussed and further, Data Envelopment Analysis models for environment are extended to measure the so called eco-efficiency. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Inequality, Environmental Taxation, and Green Innovations (Christian Kiedaisch, Josef Zweimüller, University of Zurich) The interaction between environmental taxation, inequality, and green innovations are analyzed in a general equilibrium model with non-homothetic preferences in which the variety of goods that a household consumes increases in income. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Environmental Innovation Adoption and Economic-Environmental Performances (Marianna Gilli, Massimiliano Mazzanti, Francesco Nicolli, University of Ferrara) In this presentation a sector based perspective is taken to investigate the EU performance regarding economic, environmental and innovation performance. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Economic and Social Consequences of General Purpose Technologies (Rita Strohmaier, Andreas Rainer, University of Graz) A combined classical and evolutionary approach for the evaluation of economic policy in the presence of technical change is presented for Denmark between 1966 and 2007. undefinedDownload Presentation

Session III:

  • A Macroeconomic Perspective on Climate Change Mitigation (Alex Bowen, London School of Economics, Emanuele Campiglio, London School of Economics, University of Pisa) Transitioning to a low-carbon economy will require large macroeconomic adjustments to transform energy systems, alter the built environment, and adapt infrastructure. Building both on historical data and the simulations offered by Integrated Assessment Models, this paper explores some of the issues posed by the financing challenge. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • A Multi-Agent Model of Extreme Events in Low-income Regions: The role of limited information and heterogeneous agents (Ali Asjad Naqvi, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, Miriam Rehm,  Chamber of Labour Austria) This paper presents a computational model, emphasizing feedback effects and the heterogeneity of agents in situations of large economic shocks. The authors show in the framework of a stock-flow consistent, spatio-temporal dynamic micro simulation that large economic shocks can have negative effects on distribution and that these furthermore can exhibit some hysteresis. undefinedDownload Presentation
  • The Role of Money and the Banking Sector in the Transition to a Sustainable Society (Giovanni Bernardo, University of Pisa, Emanuele Campiglio, London School of Economics, University of Pisa) undefinedDownload Presentation
  • Consumer Demand for Alternative-Fuel Vehicles and its Impact on Environmental Goals (Sigrid Stix, Environment Agency Austria, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Tibor Hanappi, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna, Johannes-Kepler University Linz) Through the implementation of a stated preference experiment among potential vehicle buyers the authors analyzed how alternative fuelled vehicles are received by the demand side of the market. undefinedDownload Presentation