Peer Reviewed

Here are my most important journal publications sorted under the eight topics listed below. Some articles naturally fit into more than one category but are listed only under the most suitable. Either click on your topic of interest for a more thorough introduction to the field or just scroll down. For a full list see my CV.

Articles by topic.


  • Johansson-Stenman, O., and Sterner, T. 2015. Discounting and Relative Consumption. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 71 (May 2015): 19-33.
  • Arrow,K., M L. Cropper, C Gollier, B Groom, G M. Heal, R G. Newell, W D. Nordhaus, R S. Pindyck, W A. Pizer, P Portney, T Sterner, R Tol and M,L. Weitzman (2014) “Should Governments Use a Declining Discount Rate in Project Analysis?“ Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, volume 8, issue 2, pp. 145–163 doi:10.1093/reep/reu008. Arrow et al (2014). Editor’s Choice.
  • Arrow,K., M L. Cropper, C Gollier, B Groom, G M. Heal, R G. Newell, W D. Nordhaus, R S. Pindyck, W A. Pizer, P Portney, T Sterner, R Tol and M,L. Weitzman “Determining Benefits and Costs for Future Generations“, Science July 26 2013.
  • T Sterner & E Kyriakopoulou, (2012)Discounting: Unbalanced Growth, Uncertainty, and Spatial Considerations”, The Annual Review of Resource Economics 4:8.1–8.17
  • Thomas Sterner and Martin Persson. (2008) “An Even Sterner Review”: Introducing Relative Prices into the Discounting Debate, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy,  vol 2, issue 1.
  • Sterner, T “In defence of sensible economics”, in Solow,R. & Touffut eds, Changing Climate, Changing Economy, Cournot Centre for Economic Studies, Edward Elgar, 2009.  Click to see a video in French from the presentation at the Centre Cournot of the chapter “In Defence of Sensible Economics” December 2008
  • Hoel, M. and T. Sterner (2007) ‘Discounting and relative prices”, Climatic Change, vol. 84, PP 265-280)
  • Azar, C. and T. Sterner (1996) ‘Discounting and distributional considerations in the context of Global Warming’, Ecological Economics, Vol.19, pp 169-184.
  • Sterner, T. (1994) ‘Discounting in a World of Limited Growth’, Environmental and Resource Economics, 4, pp 527-534.

Design of Environmental Policy Instruments

  • Thomas Sterner, Edward B. Barbier, Ian Bateman, Inge van den Bijgaart, Anne-Sophie Crépin, Ottmar Edenhofer, Carolyn Fischer, Wolfgang Habla, John Hassler, Olof Johansson-Stenman, Andreas Lange, Stephen Polasky, Johan Rockström, Henrik G. Smith, Will Steffen, Gernot Wagner, James E. Wilen, Francisco Alpízar, Christian Azar, Donna Carless, Carlos Chávez, Jessica Coria, Gustav Engström, Sverker C. Jagers, Gunnar Köhlin, Åsa Löfgren, Håkan Pleijel, Amanda Robinson. (2019). Policy design for the Anthropocene, Nature Sustainability.
  • Meckling, J., Sterner, T., & Wagner, G. (2017). Policy sequencing toward decarbonizationNature Energy2(12), 918.
  • Bonilla, J., J. Coria and T. Sterner. 2017. “Technical Synergies and Trade-Offs Between Abatement of Global and Local Air Pollution”. Environmental and Resource Economics (2017): 1-31.
  • Jensen S., K Mohlin, K Pittel and T Sterner. 2015. The green paradox: a brief introduction to Climate policy and intertemporal emissions leakage. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(2): 246-265 DOI: 10.1093/reep/rev010
  • Bonilla, J., J. Coria, K. Mohlin and T. Sterner. 2015. Refunded Emission Payments and Diffusion of NOx Abatement Technologies in Sweden. Ecological Economics, Vol 116, (August): 132-145.
  • Sterner, T. and A. Müller (2008) ‘Output and Abatement Effects of Allocation Readjustment in Permit Trade’, Climatic Change vol. 86 pp 33-49.
  • Bluffstone, R and T Sterner (2006) ”Explaining Environmental Management in Central and Eastern Europe”, Comparative Economic Studies, Vol. 48, No. 4. pp. 619-640.
  • Sterner, T. and L. H. Isaksson (2006) ‘Refunded emission payments theory, distribution of costs, and Swedish experience of NOx abatement’, Ecological Economics, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp 93-106.
  • Kathuria, V. and T. Sterner, (2006) ‘Monitoring and Enforcement: Is Two-Tier Regulation Robust?’ Ecological Economics, Vol. 57(3) pp. 477-93.  
  • Fredriksson, P. G. and T. Sterner (2005) ‘The Political Economy of Refunded Emission Payments’, Economic Letters, Vol. 87, No.1, pp 113-119.
  • Hammar, H., Å. Löfgren and T. Sterner, (2004) ‘Political Economy Obstacles to Fuel Taxation’, Energy Journal, ISSN0195-6574, Vol. 25(3) pp 1-17.
  • Torén, K. J. and T. Sterner (2003) ‘How to Promote Prevention – Economics Incentives, Legal Regulations or Both?’, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, Vol. 29(3) pp 239-245.
  • G. Köhlin and T. Sterner (2003) Environmental Taxes in Europe, Public Finance and Management, 3(1), pp 117-42, ISSN Number 1523-9721,
  • T. Sterner and V. Kathuria (2002) Monitoring and Enforcement: Is Two-Tier Regulation Robust?, Ecological Economics,
  • Holmåker, K. and T. Sterner (1999) ‘Growth or Environmental Concern: Which Comes First? Optimal Control with Pure Stock Pollutants’, Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Vol. 2, Nr 3, pp 167-185.

Fisheries, Ecosystems, Wildlife and other Natural Resource Management

  • Ekbom, A, Y Alem and T Sterner, (2013) “Integrating soil science into agricultural production frontiers”, Environment and Development Economics 18, s. 291-308
  • E Kateregga and T Sterner, (2012) “Production Functions for Nile Perch and Tilapia Fisheries: A case study of Uganda’s Section of Lake Victoria”, Crown Journal of Agriculture, Vol 1, issue 1, pp 01-12, Jan.
  • Carpenter, SR, K J. Arrow, S Barrett, R Biggs, W A. Brock5, A Crépin, G Engström, C Folke,T P. Hughes, N Kautsky, C-Z Li, G McCarney, K Meng, K-G Mäler, S Polasky, M Scheffer, J Shogren, T Sterner, J R. Vincent, B Walker, A Xepapadeas, A de Zeeuw, “General Resilience to Cope with Extreme Events”, Sustainability 2012, 4; doi:10.3390/su40x000x 1, ISSN 2071-1050,
  • Fisher, B., S Polasky and T Sterner, (2011) “Conservation and Human Welfare: Economic Analysis of Ecosystem Services”, Environmental and Resource Economics, 48:151-159  DOI 10.1007/s10640-010-9415-0
  • Fischer, F., Muchapondwa, E. and Sterner, T. (2011) “A Bio-Economic Model of Community Incentives for Wildlife Management Under CAMPFIRE”, Environmental and Resource Economics 48:303-319,  DOI 10.1007/s10640-010-9409-y
  • Svedäng H.,  J. Stål , T. Sterner, &  M. Cardinale, (2010)“Consequences of subpopulation structure on fisheries management: cod (Gadus morhua) in the Kattegat and Öresund (North Sea)”, Reviews in Fisheries Science
  • Sterner, T. (2007) “Unobserved Diversity, Depletion and Irreversibility The importance of subpopulations for Management of cod stocks” Ecological Economics, vol. 61, issue 2-3, pages 566-574.
  • Kateregga, E. and T. Sterner (2007) ‘Indicators for an invasive species: Water Hyacinths in Lake Victoria’, Ecological Indicators, 7(2) 362-370.
  • Sterner, T., M. Troell, J. Vincent, S. Aniyar, S. Barrett, W. Brock, S. Carpenter, K. Chopra, P. Ehrlich, M. Hoel, S. Levin, K-G  Mäler, J. Norberg, L. Pihl, T. Söderqvist, J. Wilen and A. Xepapadeas (2006) “Quick fixes for environmental problems: part of the solution, or part of the problem?” Environment, Vol 49 (10) pp 19-27.
  • Sterner, T. and H. Svedäng (2005) ‘A Net Loss: Policy instruments for commercial fishing with focus on cod in Sweden’, Ambio, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp 84-90.
  • Arrow, K., G. Daily, P. Dasgupta, S. Levin, K-G Mäler, E. Maskin, D. Starrett, T. Sterner and T. Tietenberg (2000) ‘Managing Ecosystem Resources’, Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 34, pp 1401-1406.
  • Sterner, T. and J. Andersson (1998) ‘Private Protection of the Marine Environment, Tanzania, a case study’, Ambio, Vol. XXVII Number 8, pp 768-771.

Waste Management and Chemicals

  • Sterner, T., Turnheim, B. (2009) “Innovation and diffusion of Environmental Technology: Industrial NOX abatement in Sweden under Refunded Emission Payments”, Ecological Economics
  • Slunge, D. and T. Sterner (2001) ‘Implementation of Policy Instruments for Chlorinated Solvents’, European Environment, Volume 11, Number 5, pp 281-296, ISSN 0961-0405.
  • Bartelings, H. and T. Sterner (1999) ‘Household Waste Management in a Swedish Municipality’, Environmental and Resource Economics, Vol.13:4, pp 473-491.
  • Löfgren, Å.,  Martinsson, M Hennlock, T Sterner Are experienced people affected by a pre-set default option—Results from a field experiment”, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Volume 63, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 66-72.

Stated Preference and Environmental Opinion

Development, Resources and Environment

  • Sterner, T. 2014. Mission started – but far from accomplished. Environment and Development Economics, 19, pp 295-297.
  • Thomas Sterner, Yonas Alem, Francisco Alpízar, Cyndi Spindell Berck, Carlos Alberto Chavez Rebolledo, Johane Dikgang, Stephen Kirama, Gunnar Köhlin, Jane Mariara-Kabubo, Alemu Mekonnen and Jintao Xu. 2014. The Environment for Development Initiative: lessons learned in research, academic capacity building and policy intervention to manage resources for sustainable growth. Environment and Development Economics, 19, pp 367-391.
  • Motel, P. A Minu and T Sterner (2014), “Explorations in the environment-development dilemma”, Environmental and Resource Economics 57: 479-485
  • Coria, J and Sterner, TNatural resource management: Challenges and policy options”, Annual Review Resource Economics 2011. 3:14.1–14.28
  • Sterner, T., and D Slunge. (2009) ‘Environmental Fiscal Reform in East and Southern Africa and its Effects on Income Distribution’, in Environmental Taxes And Fiscal Reform edited by Laura Castellucci and Anil Markandya, Rivista di Politica Economica, VII-IX: July-sept.
  • Coria, J., Löfgren, Å. and Sterner, T. (2010)To Trade or Not to Trade: An Analysis of Trading Schemes at the Firm Level“, Journal of Environmental Management 91, pp 2126-2133
  • Coria, J. and Sterner, T. (2010) “Tradable Permits in Developing Countries: Evidence From Air Pollution in Chile”, The Journal of Environment and Development, (forthcoming)
  • Garcia, J H., R Bluffstone, T Sterner (2009) Corporate Environmental Management in Transition Economies: The Case of Central and Eastern Europe,  Czech Journal of Economics and Finance, 59(5):410-425.
  • Kateregga, E. and Sterner, T. (2009) Lake Victoria Fish Stocks and the Effects of Water Hyacinth” Journal of Environment and Development, March, Vol 18:1 pp 62-78.
  • Jorge H Garcia, Shakeb Afsah and Thomas Sterner, (2008)“Which Firms are More Sensitive to Public Disclosure Schemes for Pollution Control? Evidence from Indonesia¿s PROPER Program”,Environmental Resource Economics, Volume 42, Issue2 (2009), Page 151
  • Garcia, J., T Sterner and S Afsah, (2007) “Public Disclosure of Industrial Pollution” The PROPER approach for Indonesia” Environmental and Development Economics, Dec Vol 12 Part 6 pp733-756.
  • T. Sterner (1989) Factor Demand and Substitution in a Developing Country: Energy use in Mexican Manufacturing, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 91, No. 4, pp 723-739

Energy Economics and Policy (Early articles on gasoline pricing and demand!)

  • T. Sterner, L. Flood, N. Islam (2007) Are demand elasticities affected by politically determined tax levels? Applied Economics Letters.
  • Rogat, J. and T. Sterner (1998) ‘The determinants of gasoline demand in some Latin American countries’, International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Volume 11, Nos. 1-4, pp 162-170.
  • Sterner, T., C. Dahl and M. Franzén (1992) ‘Gasoline Tax Policy, Carbon Emissions and the Environment’, Journal of Transport and Economic Policy, Vol. 26, pp 109-119. Also reprinted in Yoshitsugu Hayashi, Kennet Button and Peter Nijkamp eds The Environment and Transport, Edward Elgar.
  • Sterner, T. (1991) ‘Gasoline demand in the OECD: Choice of model and data set in pooled estimations’, Opec Review, Vol. XV No. 2, pp 91-101.  
  • Dahl, C. and T. Sterner (1991) ‘Analyzing Gasoline Demand Elasticities’, Energy Economics, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp 203-210..
  • Dahl, C. and T. Sterner (1991) ‘A Survey of Econometric Gasoline Demand Elasticities’, International Journal of Energy Systems, Vol. 11 No 2, pp 53-76.
  • Sterner, T. (1990) ‘Ownership, technology, and efficiency: An empirical study of cooperatives, multinationals, and domestic enterprises in the Mexican cement industry’, Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 14, pp 286-300.
  • Katz, K. and T. Sterner (1990) ‘The Value of Clean Air’, Energy Studies Review, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp 39-47.
  • Sterner, T. (1989) ‘Les Prix de l’energie en Afrique’, Revue de l’Energie, No 415.
  • Sterner, T. (1989) ‘Factor Demand and Substitution in a Developing Country: Energy use in Mexican Manufacturing’, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 91, No. 4, pp 723-739.

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