Friday, August 05, 2011


CALL FOR CONCEPT NOTES: Understanding the Social and Economic Impacts of Environmental Policies (SANDEE)

Environmental policies are implemented to achieve multiple objectives and have economic and social implications. Economists often recommend the use of market-based policy instruments as they can improve environmental performance and lead to lower compliance costs as compared to other environmental regulations. However, ease of implementation, political economy considerations as well as distributional effects can influence policy choices and lead to trade-offs among the goals of economic efficiency, growth, poverty reduction, and environmental effectiveness. In addition to policy choice, enforcement and implementation of environmental policies can be limited by a weak regulatory system.

This call for concept notes encourages theoretical and empirical research using economic methods that examine the:

  1. effectiveness and economic and social costs and benefits of existing environmental policies; identifies who would likely bear the costs or realize the gains from alternative policy approaches;
  2. impact of environmental policies on innovation, technological change, employment, trade and competitiveness and consumer or corporate behavior in both formal and informal sectors;
  3. enforcement of existing regulations, the extent to which they are effective in achieving compliance, barriers to effective implementation and the role of provincial versus national institutions in policy implementation;
  4. the effectiveness of voluntary approaches, public pressure and information disclosure programs in inducing corporate social responsibility and public policy execution;

This call seeks to support research on policies to improve environmental quality. Low carbon growth policies are of particular interest, but concept notes can cover a range of environmental problems. Research using analytical tools and empirical methods with primary or secondary data appropriate to the research question are encouraged; use of standard/off-the-shelf methods such as computable general equilibrium or linear programming models are less likely to be funded. The results of this research are expected to inform policy-makers, the academic community, and public interest groups.

More information.

Deadline: August 31, 2011

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