Energy Economics and Policy

When I wrote my thesis the subject “environmental economics” was not recognized as a discipline. I worked on energy economics and sometimes development. My passion for gasoline prices and more general the taxation of energy came from all the externalities and the waste that I was interested in understanding – and doing something about. But the words environment and policy were not much used – the subject and the journals required a more technical approach. It was mostly about calculating elasticities… (But the reason for me was to think about policy).


  • 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.