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Bretschger, Lucas, Prof.

Lucas Bretschger

ETH Zürich
Prof. Lucas Bretschger
CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich
Zürichbergstrasse 18
ZUE F 7
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND

Phone: +41 44 632 21 92
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Professor of Economics / Resource Economics
President Elect of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)

Contents

1. Research Interests

Dynamics of natural resource use
Climate economics and policy
Energy economics and quantitative modeling
Environmental pollution and growth
Empirical assessment of environmental impacts
Endogenous growth, trade, and regional economics
Sustainable development

2. Previous and other Positions

1983-1984
Financial Analyst at Zürcher Kantonalbank
1985-1989 Research Fellow at the Institute for Empirical Research in Economics at the University of Zurich, also 1991-1994
1990-1991 Visiting Fellow at Princeton University
1994-1998 Visiting Professor at the Universities of Konstanz, La Paz and Greifswald
1999-2002 Full Professor at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald, Chair of Economics, especially Growth and Trade theory
2002- Title of Professor at the University of Zurich
2005-2007 Head of the co-founded Department of Management, Technology, and Economics (MTEC) at ETH Zurich
2008 Visiting Professor at Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonnne
2008- Associated Chair at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics (CEPE)
2009- External Research Associate at OxCarre, University of Oxford, UK
2009/2011 Member of the Swiss Delegation at the COP 15 (Copenhagen) and COP 17 (Durban)
2010-2012 Head of the German Board of Environmental and Resource Economics (Ausschuss für Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie des Vereins für Socialpolitik)
2011-2014 Director of CER-ETH, Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich
2014- President-Elect of of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, taking office as President in 2016

3. Education

1965-1971 Primary school in Zurich-Fluntern
1971-1977 Literargymnasium Rämibühl in Zurich
1977-1982 Study of economics at the University of Zurich
1985-1989 Ph.D. studies in economics
1991-1994 Research fellow and Habilitation (venia legendi) at the University of Zurich

4. Working Papers (links to pdf-files)

Bretschger, Lucas and Simone Valente (2013): International Resource Tax Policies Beyond Rent Extraction, Economics Working Paper Series 13/185, ETH Zurich.
Bretschger; Lucas and Christos Karydas (2013): Optimum Growth and Carbon Policies with Lags in the Climate System, Economics Working Paper Series 13/184, ETH Zurich.
Bretschger, Lucas, Roger Ramer, and Lin Zhang (2012): Economic effects of a nuclear phase-out policy: A CGE analysis, Economics Working Paper Series 12/167, ETH Zurich.
Bretschger, Lucas and Filippo Lechthaler (2012): Common Risk Factors and the Macroeconomy: New Evidence from the Japanese Stock Market, Economics Working Paper Series 12/160, ETH Zurich.
Bretschger, Lucas and Simone Valente (2010): Endogenous Growth, Asymmetric Trade and Resource Taxation, Economics Working Paper Series 10/132, ETH Zurich.
Bretschger, Lucas (2006): Energy Prices, Growth, and the Channels in Between: Theory and Evidence, Economics Working Paper Series 06/47, ETH Zurich (Mathematical Supplement).

5. Publications (links to papers or abstracts)

Bretschger, Lucas and Nujin Suphaphiphat (2014): Effective Climate Policies in a Dynamic North-South Model, European Economic Review, 69: 59-77.
Bretschger, Lucas (2014): Environment and Development, Achievements and Challenges in Climate Economics, Environment and Development Economics, 19/3: 292-294. Author's copy.
Bretschger, Lucas and Sjak Smulders (2014): Sustainability and climate change: From theory to pragmatic policy, European Economic Review, 69: 1-3.
Bretschger, Lucas and Alexandra Vinogradova (2014): Dynamic Behavior of Oil Importers and Exporters under Uncertainty, in: Moser, Elke, Willi Semmler, Gernot Tragler, and Vladimir Veliov (Eds.): Dynamic Optimization in Environmental Economics, Chapter 9: 195-214, Springer.
Bretschger, Lucas (2013): Climate Policy and Equity Principles: Fair Burden Sharing in a Dynamic World, Environment and Development Economics, 18: 517–536. Author's copy.
Bretschger, Lucas and Thomas M. Steger (2013): Globalization, the Volatility of Intermediate Goods Prices, and Economic Growth, Macroeconomic Dynamics, 17/2: 402-430.
Bretschger, Lucas (2013): Population Growth and Natural Resource Scarcity: Long-Run Development under Seemingly Unfavourable Conditions, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 115/3: 722–755.
Bretschger, Lucas and Sjak Smulders (2012): Challenges for a Sustainable Resource Use: Uncertainty, Trade, and Climate Policies, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 64/3: 279-287.
Bretschger, Lucas, Vivien Kappel and Therese Werner (2012): Market Concentration and the Likelihood of Financial Crises, Journal of Banking and Finance, 36/12: 3336–3345.
Bretschger, Lucas and Sjak Smulders (2012): Sustainability and Substitution of Exhaustible Natural Resources; How Resource Prices Affect Long-Term R&D-Investments, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 36 (4): 536–549.
Bretschger, Lucas and Simone Valente (2012): Endogenous Growth, Asymmetric Trade and Resource Dependence, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 64/3: 301-311.
Bretschger, Lucas and Roger Ramer (2012): Sectoral Growth Eff ects of Energy Policies in an Increasing-Varieties Model of the Swiss Economy, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 148/2, 137-166.
Bretschger, Lucas and Simone Valente (2011): Climate Change and Uneven Development , Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 113 (4): 825-845.
Bretschger, Lucas, Roger Ramer and Florentine Schwark (2011): Growth Effects of Carbon Policies: Applying a Fully Dynamic CGE model with Heterogeneous Capital, Resource and Energy Economics, 33 (4): 963-980.
Bretschger, Lucas and Simone Valente (2011): International Trade and Net Investment: Theory and Evidence, International Economics and Economic Policy, 8: 197-224.
Bretschger, Lucas and Sjak Smulders (2011): Technologies, Preferences, and Policies for a Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Resource and Energy Economics, 33 (4): 881-892.
Bretschger, Lucas (2011): Sustainability Economics, Resource Efficiency, and the Green New Deal, in: Bleischwitz, Raimund; Welfens, Paul J.J.; Zhang, ZhongXiang (Eds.): International Economics of Resource Efficiency, Eco-Innovation Policies for a Green Economy , 1st Edition, Physica, Heidelberg: 3-18.
Bretschger, Lucas and Simone Valente (2011): International Economics and Natural Resources: From Theory to Policy, International Economics and Economic Policy, 8:115–120.
Smulders, Sjak, Lucas Bretschger and Hannes Egli (2011): Economic Growth and the Diffusion of Clean Technologies: Explaining Environmental Kuznets Curves, Environmental and Resource Economics, 49 (1): 79-99. Publication award.
Bretschger, Lucas and Christa Brunnschweiler (2010): The Swiss Approach to Sustainability. Challenges for environmental, energy, land use, and transport policies, in: Ernst Baltensperger, Dirk Niepelt, Boris Zürcher (Eds.), Wirtschaftspolitik nach der Krise, Study Center Gerzensee: 149-166.
Bretschger, Lucas (2010): Sustainability Economics, Resource Efficiency, and the Green New Deal, International Economics and Economic Policy, 7: 187–202.
Pittel, Karen and Lucas Bretschger (2010): The Implications of Heterogeneous Resource Intensities on Technical Change and Growth, Canadian Journal of Economics, 43 (4): 1173–1197.
Bretschger, Lucas (2010): Taxes, Mobile Capital, and Economic Dynamics in a Globalizing World, Journal of Macroeconomics, 32(3): 594-605.
Bretschger, Lucas and Karen Pittel (2008): From Time Zero to Infinity: Transitional and Long-run Dynamics in Capital Resource Economies, Environment and Development Economics, 13: 673-689.
Bretschger, Lucas and Sjak Smulders (2007): Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, Springer, Dordrecht.
Bretschger, Lucas and Sjak Smulders (2007): Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, Environmental and Resource Economics, 36 (1): 1-13.
Bretschger, Lucas (2005): Economics of Technological Change and the Natural Environment: How Effective are Innovations as a Remedy for Resource Scarcity?, Ecological Economics, 54 (2-3): 148-163.
Bretschger, Lucas and Karen Pittel (2005): Innovative Investments, Natural Resources and Intergenerational Fairness: Are Pension Funds Good For Sustainable Development?, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 141 (3): 355-376.
Bretschger, Lucas and Frank Hettich (2005): Globalization and International Tax Competition: Empirical Evidence Based on Effective Tax Rates, Journal of Economic Integration, 20 (3): 530-542.
Audretsch, David, Lucas Bretschger and Paul J.J. Welfens (2004): Economic Integration, Innovative Dynamics, and Growth, International Economics and Economic Policy, 1 (2-3): 111-117.
Bretschger, Lucas (2004): Wachstumstheorie, Wolls Lehr- und Handbücher der Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaften, 3. Auflage, Oldenbourg Verlag, München.
Bretschger, Lucas and Thomas M. Steger (2004): The Dynamics of Economic Integration: Theory and Policy, International Economics and Economic Policy, 1 (2-3): 119-134.
Bretschger, Lucas (2002): Wachstumstheoretische Perspektiven der Wirtschaftsintegration: Neuere Ansätze, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 222(1): 64-79.
Bretschger, Lucas and Frank Hettich (2002): Globalisation, Capital Mobility and Tax Competition: Theory and Evidence for OECD Countries, European Journal of Political Economy, 18(4): 695-716.
Bretschger, Lucas (2001): Internationaler Handel im Ostseeraum - sozioökonomische Hintergründe, In H. Heiss (Hrsg.): Brückenschlag zwischen den Rechtskulturen des Ostseeraums, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 189 - 208.
Bretschger, Lucas (2001): Labor Supply, Migration and Long-Term Development, Open Economies Review, 12(1): 5-27.
Bretschger, Lucas (2001): On the Predictability of Knowledge Formation: the Tortuous Link Between Regional Specialisation and Development, Journal of Economics, 73(3): 247-274.
Bretschger, Lucas and Hannes Egli (2001): Sustainable Growth in Open Economies. In Günther Schulze / Heinrich Ursprung (eds.): International Environmental Economics: A Survey of the Issues, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bretschger, Lucas (2000): Formation et diffusion du savoir, globalisation et spécialisation régionale, Revue Région et Développement, 11: 53-82.
Bretschger, Lucas (2000): Konvergenz der europäischen Regionen, Diskussionspapier 2/2000 der Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald.
Bretschger, Lucas (1999):Dynamik der realwirtschaftlichen Integration am Beispiel der EU-Osterweiterung, Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 218(3/4): 276-293
Bretschger, Lucas (1999): Dynamische Partizipation am Weltmarkt durch Handel und steuerfinanzierte Forschungsförderung. In J.L. Arni / G. Ganguillet (Hrsg.): Festschrift für P. Bohley, Rüegger Verlag, Zürich.
Bretschger, Lucas (1999): Growth Theory and Sustainable Development, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. Book Review published by The Economic Journal.
Bretschger, Lucas (1999): Knowledge Diffusion and the Development of Regions, Annals of Regional Science, 33(3):251-268.
Bretschger, Lucas / H. Schmidt (1999): Converging on the Learning Curve: Theory and Application to German Regional Data, Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv / Review of World Economics, 135(2): 261-279
Bretschger, Lucas (1998): How to Substitute in Order to Sustain: Knowledge Driven Growth Under Environmental Restrictions, Environment and Development Economics, 3(4): 425-442
Bretschger, Lucas (1998): Nachhaltige Entwicklung der Weltwirtschaft: Ein Nord/Süd-Ansatz, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik 3: 369-390.
Bretschger, Lucas (1998): The Sustainability Paradigm: A Macroeconomic Perspective, Revue Région et Développement 7: 73-103
Bretschger, Lucas (1997): Eine makroökonomische Synthese zur Dynamik der realwirtschaftlichen Integration, Forschungsbericht 9706 des Europa-Instituts an der Universität des Saarlandes.
Bretschger, Lucas (1997): Integration und langfristige Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Oldenbourg Verlag, München.
Bretschger, Lucas (1997): International Trade, Knowledge Diffusion, and Growth, International Trade Journal, 11(3): 327-348
Bretschger, Lucas (1995): Weltweite Investitionsnachfrage, internationale Kapitalströme und langfristiger Zinstrend, Zürcher Kantonalbank (Hrsg.), Zürich
Bretschger, Lucas / Ph. Halbherr / A. Killias / C. Koellreuter / B. Meili / R. Peter (1995): Wirtschaftsstandort Zürich, Wettbewerbsfähigkeit heute und morgen; Regierungsrat des Kantons Zürich und Zürcher Kantonalbank (Hrsg.), Zürich
Bretschger, Lucas (1993): Migration und internationale Wettbewerbsfähigkeit; Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik 3: 473-489
Bretschger, Lucas / I. Buse / S. Mäder / H. Schelbert / R. Schleiniger (1993): Saubere Luft im Kanton Zürich, Leitlinie für eine effiziente Luftreinhaltepolitik, Zürcher Kantonalbank (Hrsg.), Zürich
Bretschger, Lucas (1988): Anpassungsmodelle für die schweizerische Exportindustrie; Dynamische Marktentwicklungen im Exportsektor der Schweiz aus neokeynesianischer Sicht; Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Empirische Wirtschaftsforschung 16, Verlag Schellenberg, Winterthur.
Bretschger, Lucas (1989): Eine neokeynesianische Analyse der schweizerischen Exportmärkte; Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik 1: 67-87
Bretschger, Lucas (1989): Regimeabhängige Konjunkturdynamik in einer offenen Volkswirtschaft: das Beispiel der Schweiz; Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Volkswirtschaft und Statistik 3: 309-326
Bretschger, Lucas (1989): Wettbewerbsstrategien und relative Einkommensentwicklung, eine Analyse auf aggregierter und desaggregierter Ebene für die Schweiz; Sonderbericht 180 der Konjunkturforschungsstelle an der ETH Zürich, Zurich

6. Policy and Pedagogical Contributions

Bretschger, Lucas (2012): Climate Policy and Equity Principles: Fair Burden Sharing in a Dynamic World, CER-ETH Policy Brief Series 12/6.
Bretschger, Lucas (2012): Zu viele Ressourcen können auch ein Fluch sein, NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), 29. November 2012.
Bretschger, Lucas (2012): Energie und Ökonomie, Auswirkungen von politischen Massnahmen auf Wirtschaft und Energiezukunft, Tagungsband 12. Holzenergie-Symposium, ETH Zürich.
Bretschger, Lucas (2012): Grünes Wachstum: Die Armen dürfen nicht unsere Fehler machen, TA (Tages Anzeiger), Wissen, 15. Juni 2012.
Andersson, Göran, Konstantinos Boulouchos und Lucas Bretschger (2011): Energiezukunft Schweiz, ETH Zürich.
Bretschger, Lucas (2011): Rostoffpreisentwicklung und Wirkungen auf das Potenzialwachstum, Die Volkswirtschaft, Juni 2011, Bern, p. 35.
Bretschger, Lucas und Lisa Leinert (2010): Preisentwicklung bei natürlichen Ressourcen, Die Volkswirtschaft, November 2010, Bern, p. 4-7.
Bretschger, Lucas, Roger Ramer and Florentine Schwark (2010): Impact of Energy Conservation Policy Measures on Innovation, Investment and Long-term Development of the Swiss Economy; Results from the Computable Induced Technical Change and Energy (CITE) Model, Final Report prepared for the Swiss Federal Office Of Energy, Bern.
Bretschger, Lucas und Florentine Schwark (2010): Klimapolitik und langfristige Wirtschaftsentwicklung, Published online at "Ökonomenstimme", July 2010.
Bretschger, Lucas, Roger Ramer and Florentine Schwark (2010): How rich is the 2000-Watt-society?, March 2010.
Bretschger, Lucas et al. (2010): Preisentwicklung bei natürlichen Ressourcen: Vergleich von Theorie und Empirie, Umwelt-Wissen, Nr. 1001. Bundesamt für Umwelt, Bern.
Bretschger, Lucas (2009): Energie und Wohlstand, in: Energie, Rudolf von Rohr, P. et al. (Hrsg), vdf Hochschulverlag, Zürich, p. 127 - 142.
Bretschger, Lucas (2009): Energie et croissance, Lettre de l'AFSE, Nr. 74, p. 15 - 18.
Bretschger, Lucas (2008): Ressourcenknappheit, Innovation und nachhaltige Entwicklung, Volkswirtschaft, 9/2008.
Swiss Financial Center Watch (2007): The Swiss Financial Centre as a Value-Added System, Monitoring Report.
Swiss Financial Center Watch (2007): Portrait des Finanzplatzes Schweiz, Schlussbericht 2007.
Bretschger, Lucas (2005): Die Nachhaltigkeitsdebatte krankt an zu viel Beliebigkeit. Zentrale Erkenntnisse der Ökonomie zur langfristigen Entwicklung., NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Themen und Thesen der Wirtschaft, 30. April / 1. Mai 2005, p. 31.
Bretschger, Lucas (2000): Die fiskalischen Folgen der Globalisierung; Differenzierte Wirkungen des Steuerwettbewerbs", NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), 9. November 2000, p. 27.
Bretschger, Lucas / P. Klaus (1998): Werkplatz Stadt Zürich; Analysen, Hintergründe und Perspektiven für den Industriesektor, im Auftrag des Stadtpräsidiums der Stadt Zürich, Universität Zürich
Bretschger, Lucas (1997): Neat - weniger wäre mehr, Tages-Anzeiger, 21. November 1997, p. 34.
Bretschger, Lucas (1996): Sind Nachhaltigkeit und wirtschaftliche Prosperität vereinbar? Substitution natürlicher Ressourcen durch Humankapital, NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), 29. Mai 1996, p. 25.
Bretschger, Lucas (1993): Neue Wachstumstheorie, wf-Dokumentation 93/3 zur Wirtschaftskunde, Gesellschaft zur Förderung der schweizerischen Wirtschaft, Zürich

7. Editorial, Referee and Expert Work

Editorial Board of Environment and Development Economics
Editorial Board of International Economics and Economic Policy
Guest Editor for Environmental and Resource Economics
Guest Editor for International Economics and Economic Policy
Guest Editor for Environment and Development Economics
Guest Editor for Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Guest Editor for European Economic Review

Referee: Annals of Regional Science, Chinese Journal of Population, Climate Policy, Economic Journal, Economic Modelling, Economics of Governance, Energy Economics, Energy Journal, Energy Policy, Environment and Development Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, European Economic Review, European Journal of Political Economy, FinanzArchiv / Public Finance Analysis, German Economic Review, International Journal of Sustainable Development, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Environment and Development, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Kyklos, Resource and Energy Economics, Resources Policy, Resources and Environment, Review of Development Economics, Review of Political Economy, Review of World Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Econonomics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics

Expert: Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, Volkswagen Stiftung, Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Centre for International Agriculture, Wirtschaftsstudie Kanton Zürich, Oesterreichische Nationalbank.

8. Committees

Member of the Foundation Council and Executive Committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
Member of the Council of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)
Member of the Foundation Council of CCRS, Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Zurich
Member of Ausschuss für Aussenwirtschaftstheorie und -politik des Vereins für Socialpolitik
Member of Ausschuss für Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie des Vereins für Socialpolitik
Member of the Scientific Board of Centro Stefano Franscini (Monte Verità)

Past:
Member of the OcCC (Advisory Body on Climate Change of the Swiss government), 2006-2012
Member of the Board of ESC (Energy Science Center), 2007-2011
President of the Programme Committee of CCRS, Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at the University of Zurich, 2004-2008
Member of the Management Committee of CCES, Competence Center Environment and Sustainability, 2006-2008
Member of the Strategy Commission of AGS, Alliance for Global Sustainability, 2004-2008

9. Organized Conferences

SURED 2014, Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, June 9-12, 2014.
Ausschuss für Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomie: Jahrestagung 2013 an der ETH Zürich.
SURED 2012, Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, June 4-7, 2012.
SURED 2010, Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, June 7-10, 2010.
RESEC Winterschool, Ascona, January 26-30, 2010.
Ausschuss für Aussenwirtschaftstheories und -politik: Jahrestagung 2009 an der ETH Zürich.
SURED 2008, Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, June 2-5, 2008.
Workshop "Umwelt- und Ressourcenökonomik" für NachwuchswissenschaftlerInnen, Zurich, February 26-27, 2007.
SURED 2006, Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics, June 5-9, 2006.
MTEC Symposium 2006, Inaugural Workshop for the Department of Management, Technology, and Economics, November 3, 2006.
Annual Conference 2005 of the Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics on Resource Economics, Technology, and Sustainable Development, Zurich, March 17-18, 2005.
SURED 2004, Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics , June 6-10, 2004.
Workshop "Economic Integration, Innovation Dynamics and Growth", Brussels, February 6-8, 2004.

 

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