IAERE Young Environmental Economist Award 2020

The 2020 IAERE Young Environmental Economist Award was awarded ex-equo to:


Tomas BADURAIsabel Hovdahl
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)

Paper: “Temperature variation and mortality”



The award motivation is the following: Using monthly state-level data for the US in theperiod 1969-2004, the paper estimates the casual effect of temperature variability on mortality. The paper is rigorously well written and scientifically well structured. It combines theoretical and empirical approaches in a new point of view relating to the impact of temperature on the well-being of individuals.


Elisabetta CORNAGO


Giulia Chersoni
University of Turin (Italy)
Paper: “An agent-based model of retrofit diffusion: a behavioral economic approach”

The award motivation is the following: The paper provides a theoretical model of technology adoption based on the idea that the diffusion of information about a technology depends on the social structure of the adopters, their individual preferences, and peer influence. the author proposes a framework that retains the core assumption of epidemic diffusion models extended for explicit modelling social structure via social network and agent preferences via agent-based simulation. The model and its application is well-written and its is rigorous from the methodological point of view. And the approach is new and well explained.


The Award was announced at the Eighth IAERE Annual Conference hosted by the University of Brescia, on February 6-7, 2020.