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The Economics and Politics of Conservation


European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant 683031

2016 - 2021

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  • While traditional environmental policies focus on the demand side by regulating emitting firms or consumers, this project aims at exploring how a supply-side policy would work, for instance by an environmental policy regulating the extraction of natural resources.
  • Since traditional climate and environmental policy so far have had limited success, a new approach is crucial.



Funding is provided by the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant.

The project has a budget of 1,57 million Euro (15 million NOK) and lasts five years, August 1st 2016 – July 31st 2021.

Principal investigator

This is the second ERC project led by principal investigator Bård Harstad. The first project, a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant called "General Institutional Equilibrium: Theory and Policy Implications", was operational from 2012 to 2016.


Published Oct. 4, 2016 9:04 AM - Last modified Oct. 30, 2020 6:22 PM


Bård Harstad

Principal Investigator

Kristen Vamsæter

Valer Olimpiu-Suteu

Research assistants