INFER Conferences

Annual Conference 2004: Environmental Economics:Institutions, Competition, Rationality

From: 2004-09-17 to: 2004-09-18
Place: Wuppertal, Germany

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Conference Objectives

The principle objective of the conference is to encourage economic research and to strengthen contact between applied and academic economics. Young researchers and professionals with a background in economics or related disciplines are invited to share their results, views, and experiences.

Conference Topics

The interrelation of environmental and economic issues represents one of the most demanding challenges both for policy makers and economists. In the face of continuing environmental degradation both in industrialised and developing countries, this environmental issue remains very topical. At the same time, the current problems of the world economy underline the demand of integrating issues of economic welfare and the workability of competitive markets. Transforming industries and societies towards sustainable development remains a challenging task for research.

Although environmental economics has become a well-established discipline within economics and much research has been done in the past two decades, methodological issues are now at stake. This is because


Therefore, this conference attempts to systematically explore new methodological frontiers. Topics will include analysis on how to bring institutions into environmental economics as well as the implications of modern evolutionary theories of competition. Also the application of new theories of human behaviour, governance theories and the analysis of their implications for environmental policy problems are demanding tasks for research, which may also require interdisciplinary analysis. Furthermore, the challenging task of bridging the analytical gap to new insights of environmental research represents a major topic of this conference.

The announced conference welcomes contributions on all facets of these issues, especially including papers on:


The conference is addressed to senior researchers, post-docs, recently graduated students, and professionals from business, government or non-governmental institutions. We encourage especially junior scholars to submit papers.


The Annual Conference will be held at the Wuppertal Institute, Wuppertal in Germany. The institute is located in short walking distance from Wuppertal main station.


Tentative Programme (as of August 2004)

Friday, September 17

13.00 Registration

14.00–15.00 Opening
Dr. Michael Stierle (INFER)
Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz / Dr. Oliver Budzinski (Organizers)
Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke (Wuppertal Institute)

15.00–16.00 Keynote Speech Prof. Dr. Frank Convery (University College Dublin, Ireland)


16.00 Coffee Break

16.30–17.30 Keynote Speech Dr. Manfred Bergmann (European Commission, DG ECFIN)

"The Effects of Environmental Policy on the Competitiveness of European Business"


17.30–19.00 Parallel Sessions

Session 1 – Room A Environmental Federalism

Session 2 – Room B Governance of the Corporate Sector

19.30 Diner

Saturday, September 18

9.00–10.00 Plenary Speeches “New Visions of Rationality”

Prof. Dr. Frank Beckenbach (University of Kassel, Germany):
"Conceptualizing a Realistic Agent in Environmental Economics"

PD Dr. Markus Pasche (University of Jena, Germany):

„Voluntary Commitment to Environmental Protection: A Bounded Rationality Approach“


10.00 Coffee Break

10.15–11.30 Parallel Sessions

Session 3 – Room A Developing Countries

Session 4 – Room B Rationality and Behavioural Issues

Session 5 – Room C Competition and Trade

11.30 Coffee Break

11.45–13.00 Parallel Sessions

Session 6 – Room A Environmental Policy

Session 7 – Room B Energy Markets

Session 8 – Room C Land Use and Biodiversity

13.00 Lunch

14.00–14.30 Farewell Speech Prof. Dr. Jürgen Backhaus (University of Erfurt, Germany)
“Designing Institutions for Rational Sustainable Policy”

14.30 Closure / End of Conference


Publication of papers

The selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in a conference volume in November 2004. The registration fee for speakers includes one free copy of the conference volume for each presented paper.

Conference Committee

Prof. Dr. Raimund Bleischwitz / Wuppertal Institute and College of Europe, Brugge, Dr. Oliver Budzinski / University of Marburg, E-Mail: and


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