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The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW) at the University of Kiel is an international centre for economic policy research and documentation. The Institute’s main activities are economic research, economic policy consulting, and the documentation and provision of information about international economic relations. Activities in the research area “The Environment and Natural Resources” focus on the allocation of environmental and natural resources. We investigate the factors influencing the increasing scarcity of natural resources. Moreover, we assess their impact on the allocation of production factors and on the changes they bring to the world economy. The research focuses especially on the evaluation of international and national aspects of environmental policy measures leading to proposals for a rational and efficient use of environmental policy instruments. The IfW has a long tradition in environmental-economic modeling. In particular, computable general equilibrium (CGE) models have been used for more than two decades, analyzing issues such as stabilization and structural adjustments programs in developing countries, environmental taxes and, in the last 10 years, climate policy. In the late 1990ies the group developed the DART model that is especially designed for the analysis of international climate policies.

The research area has been and is at present engaged in several projects funded by the European Commission, by the German Research Foundation DFG and by various German federal ministries. It is in particular part of the large interdisciplinary Kiel Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”, The target of this inter-disciplinary group is to jointly investigate climate and ocean change, to re-evaluate the opportunities and risks of global change for the oceans and develop a sustainable system of resource management of the world’s oceans and marine resources. Since 2007 the research area has been awarded two grants under the 7th European Framework Programme, POEM and PASHMINA.


Tasks attributed: Within WP4 of ACCESS, IfW will contribute by assessing the direct and indirect impacts of additional Arctic energy supply on European and World energy markets as well as economies as a whole. This includes the development of meaningful scenarios, based on findings of other partners within and outside WP4 as well as the evaluation of those scenarios with respect to meso- and macroeconomic key indicators. IfW will furthermore assess the energy security implications of additional Arctic energy supply for the EU.


Principal Investigator:

Katrin Rehdanz is an assistant professor for environmental and resource economics at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel associated with the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She holds a diploma and a PhD in economics from the University of Hamburg. Her main areas of research are environmental and climate policies research, global environmental problems, sustainable development, energy economics, computable general equilibrium modeling. She is leading the young researchers group “Valuing the Ocean” within the cluster of excellence initiative “The Future Ocean” funded by the German government.