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Economist Week

March 21-25

Are you interested in sustainable economics, green policy making, sustainable development and the role of different sectors  in reaching sustainable objectives? Then join us for Economist Week on March 21-25! 

About Economist Week (March 21-25)

During Economist Week, AEclipse is organizing panels, workshops and keynotes on the Economics of Sustainability. We want to stimulate discussions with European sustainability leaders and provide a multidisciplinary perspective from academics, public sector, and firms. All events will take place in person on campus (with a livestream option).


This year’s agenda is provided below: 

21/03 - 10:00-11:00 CET

Keynote – Greening finance for a better world

Who: Mr. Herman Mulder – Chair, Impact Economy Foundation 
What: We will explore how to redirect the economy and reform the pricing of assets for a better world. What is the difference between ESG (do no harm) and SDGs (doing good and well)? Can stakeholder capitalism help internalize the externalities, leading to an ambitious, orderly, green and just transition agenda at scale and at accelerated pace? Herman Mulder will examine how the financial sector can contribute to “making markets fit for purpose” through enhanced disclosure with long term focus, within planetary boundaries and above social baselines.

21/03 - 11:15-12:30 CET

Case study – De Fruitmotor Company

Who: Dennis Kerkhoven, co-founder of YesAndMore

What: Yes and More focuses on innovation and eco system acceleration of portfolios alongside a blended finance model that adds value through transformation of cooperation and leadership development. Dennis Kerkhoven has been involved in many circular economy projects in the Netherlands, most notably De Fruit Motor Project which will be presented during Economist Week as a case study. De Fruit Motor Project represents a truly regenerative economy and students will be able to learn what makes up that type of economy.

21/03 - 13:00-13:45 CET

Case study – AMS Institute

Who: Joke Dufourmont, Program Developer Circularity in Urban Regions

What: The city of Amsterdam is a frontrunner in the transition towards circular urban regions. However, there are still many urban challenges that need to be addressed for Amsterdam to become fully circular. The Amsterdam Institute is an international research institute that directly addresses these challenges. Join us in this case study, where the AMS Institute’s Joke Dufourmont will show us how the AMS Institute incorporates circular thinking in its urban planning projects. 

23/03 - 12:00-14:00 CET

Panel – Sustainable finance: mirage or miracle?

Who: Mr. Herman Mulder – Chair, Impact Economy Foundation; Prof. Karen Maas – Scientific Director, Impact Centre Erasmus; Arnau Gil – Director of Impact Investing, Phenix Capital Group; Emma Landis - Associate Director, Sustainalytics
What: The consumer demand for green bonds and ESG-compliant assets is higher than ever. At the same time, asset managers, pension funds and commercial banks are under increasing pressure to divest their carbon-intensive assets and make their portfolios more sustainable. AEclipse and FSR organize a panel discussion, during which it will be discussed how impact investing and green finance can contribute to the fight against climate change?

24/03 - 13:30-14:30 CET

Keynote – Sustainable economic growth: the role of frugal innovations

Who: Cees van Beers – Professor of Innovation Economics, TU Delft
What: Cees van Beers is Head of the section Economics of Technology and Innovations at TU Delft. This keynote will focus on his current research, which revolves around frugal innovation in economic development, specifically understanding how developing countries can push innovation forward with current resources. The 45-minute lecture will be followed by a Q&A session on frugal innovation and development economics. 

25/03 - 10:00-11:00 CET

Panel – Green policy-making: necessary shift or mission creep?

Who: Kees Vendrik – Chief Economist, Triodos Bank; Alexander Rinnooy Kan - Researcher University of Amsterdam; Jilde Garst – Researcher ESE
What: Environmental issues have an increasing influence on the elaboration of public policies, impacting governmental intervention in matters traditionally less associated with sustainable development. While most public agencies and departments are embracing this new imperative, others are resisting. Should all public agencies and departments contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals?

25/03 - 13:00-14:30 CET

Case study – True Pricing

Who: Paul Latta - Financial and Sales Officer, FairClimateFund; Kim uit de Bosch – Impact Institute 
What: How can we calculate the “true price” of products and offset all their negative externalities? Using the coffee supply chain as an example, the Impact Institute will explain their proven approach to calculate the social and environmental externalities of a product. Then, the FairClimateFund will illustrate how such externalities can be mitigated through the purchase of fair carbon credits that fund local development projects.

25/03 - 15:00-16:00 CET

Group discussion – Closing Session: Preparing for 2050

Who: YOU! (Moderated by AEclipse)
What: Group working session to reflect on the week’s key lessons and discuss the path forward. Together, we will sketch a 5-steps action plan for (i) the private sector and (ii) the public sector to prepare for 2050. Come voice your concerns, ideas, and conclusions. 

NEW: Sustainable Economics Certificate (March 28-April 4)

Almost every scientific field is contributing to research on climate change, and economics is no exception. This year, the Economist Week will be complemented by three additional lectures on sustainable economics offered by EUR professors. Students attending these three lectures and at least five of the Economist Week’s events will be granted an official Sustainable Economics Certificate issued by AEclipse.

30/03 - 11:00-13:00 CET

The economics of climate change

Who: Prof. Elbert Dijkgraaf – Professor of Empirical economics of the public sector
What: Climate change can be studied using economic tools. First, it can be shown that it is the result of a market failure. But that also means that if the market can be repaired, the problem can be solved. What instruments do we have to arrive at this solution? What are the pros and cons of these instruments? In this lecture, Prof. Dijkgraff will show that economics can do a lot to fight climate change.

04/04 - 13:00-14:00 CET

Expenditure, not expenses: towards an ecological economy

Who: Mr. Aetzel Griffioen – Visiting lecturer (Erasmus School of Philosophy)
What: If the economy truly becomes circular, will anything have changed? Starting with 20th century philosopher Georges Bataille’s critique of the modern economy, this lecture will provide an eco-philosophical, organisation-led perspective on growth. In the face of global warming and biodiversity loss, a vanguard of economists and business leaders are increasingly leaning towards economic growth “agnosticism” - but Griffioen is doubtful of this strategy. Moving over to another economy may require more than single organisations voluntarily swearing off growth. The systemic emphasis on corporations may need to shift to a social system of the commons.

04/04 - 15:00-17:00 CET

Environmental taxation

Who: Prof. Bas Jacobs – Sijbren Cnossen Professor of Public Economics
What: Environmental taxation is often promoted by economists as the most efficient economic tool to tackle climate change. How should environmental taxes be designed in second-best settings with labor market distortions and distributional concerns? Is there a double dividend of green tax reforms where both environmental quality improves and labor market distortions decline? Are green tax reforms also left tax reforms if pollution taxes disproportionately harm the poor?

How to participate

Unfortunately, the deadline to sign up has already passed. In case you have signed up, we will send you an email with more information for each event in due time. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us! 

Please note: Not showing up to subscribed and confirmed sessions or not cancelling at least two working days in advance will black-list you from future AEclipse events.

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