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WWWforEurope Newsletter February 2015

The WWWforEurope Newsletter 1/2015 has been published!

WWWforEurope Conference: Watch the keynote by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Jeffrey D. Sachs held a keynote titled "The 'European Model' and Global Long-Run Development" at the WWWforEurope Conference on Social and Environmental Progress: Europe in a Long-Run Perspective via Skype. Watch the video and read up on the conference!

Call for Papers: 6th ZEW/MaCCI Conference

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are holding their 6th Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting. Submission deadline is March 15th, 2015.

Deadline extended! Call for Papers: EUROFRAME Conference 2015

The submission deadline for the 2015 EUROFRAME annual Conference on economic policy issues in the European Union has been extended. Submit your abstracts until March 16th!

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WWWforEurope Conference on

Social and Environmental Progress:

Europe in a Long-Run Perspective

Brussels, February 24th, 2015

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WWWforEurope held a symposium on social and environmental progress in Brussels on February 24th, 2015. It sought to tie together the scientific analysis of the WWWforEurope research project and create a strategy towards a new European model - a "high road strategy".

In panels focusing on the social dimension, resource use and growth as well as the interrelations between innovation, employment and the environment, experts and policy makers discussed important aspects of such a model.

By exchanging ideas and receiving expert input, stakeholders gained a vision of the common path ahead to create a European Union that offers attractive employment within an innovative economic environment that is socio-ecologically sustainable.

Watch the keynote "The 'European Model' and Global Long-Run Development" by Jeffrey D. Sachs on video!

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An option for competitive and environmentally ambitious countries: A Green Tax on production

The model encompasses a tax for producers on emissions and resources on an increasing scale while having revenue-neutrality by decreasing social security contributions, with adequate re-distributive compensation schemes for low income households. The effect would be that GDP till 2050 would grow a little slower than in a business-as-usual scenario, but energy consumption, domestic material consumption (DMC) per capita and GHG emissions would decrease compared to today – which means that in this model absolute decoupling of growth and resources would be achieved. 

Slide from Kurt Kratena's presentation at the WWWforEurope Conference on Social and Environmental Progress. See WWWforEurope Policy Brief No. 6 by Kurt Kratena and Mark Sommer for details.