Misato Sato

Research Officer

Misato works on the evaluation of energy and climate change policies, with focus on energy intensive industries.

Background

Misato has a PhD in Environmental Economics from the LSE, titled Carbon emissions and bilateral trade. She was previously a research assistant at the Faculty of Economics, Cambridge University. She has a MSc in Environmental and Resource Economics from UCL and an MA (Joint Hons) in Economics and Chinese from Edinburgh University.

Research interests

  • EU Emissions Trading Scheme design and impacts
  • Industrial competitiveness impacts from green policies
  • Environment, trade and carbon leakage
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Working paper  4 August, 2015

Solving the clinker dilemma with hybrid output-based allocation

This paper proposes an innovative solution to distribute free allowances to the cement sector under emissions trading systems. read more »

Working paper  25 March, 2015

International and sectoral variation in energy prices 1995-2011: how does it relate to emissions policy stringency?

New research analsying major trends in global energy prices and the extent to which energy prices are a good proxy for emissions policy stringency. New dataset available. read more »

Working paper  2 March, 2015

Asymmetric industrial energy prices and international trade

This paper measures the response of bilateral trade flows to differences in industrial energy prices across countries. Using a panel for the period 1996-2011 including 42 countries, 62 sectors and … read more »

2014

Working paper  3 October, 2014

EU ETS, free allocations and activity level thresholds, the devil lies in the details

Energy intensive and trade exposed sectors receive a proportion of their allowances (EUAs) for the European Union emissions trading system (EU ETS) free of charge to prevent carbon … read more »

Research article  18 June, 2014

Product level embodied carbon flows in bilateral trade

As increasingly complex modelling approaches to quantifying embodied carbon in trade have become popular, the lack of disaggregation has been identified as a key weakness. This paper quantifies embodied carbon in bilateral trade at the product level. read more »

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Research article  15 April, 2014

The effects and side‐effects of the EU emissions trading scheme

As many countries, regions, cities, and states implement emissions trading policies to limit CO2 emissions, they turn to the European Union's experience with its emissions trading scheme since 2005. read more »

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Research article  4 January, 2014

Sectors under scrutiny: evaluation of indicators to assess the risk of carbon leakage in the UK and Germany

One of the central debates surrounding the design of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme is the approach to address carbon leakage concerns. read more »

2013

Research article  12 October, 2013

Who will win the green race? In search of environmental competitiveness and innovation

Fankhauser, Samuel, Bowen, Alex, Calel, Raphael, Dechezlepretre, Antoine, Grover, David, Rydge, James and Sato, Misato (2013) Who will win the green race? In search of environmental competitiveness and innovation. Global … read more »

Research article  3 May, 2013

Embodied carbon in trade: a survey of the empirical literature

This paper critically reviews the literature on embodied carbon in trade and evaluates our present empirical understanding of these flows. read more »

Working paper  1 May, 2013

Sectors under scrutiny – Evaluation of indicators to assess the risk of carbon leakage in the UK and Germany

One of the central debates surrounding the design of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is the approach to addressing carbon leakage. Correctly identifying the economic activities … read more »

Working paper  1 February, 2013

Assessing the effectiveness of the EU Emissions Trading System

As an increasing number of countries, regions, cities and states implement emission trading policies to limit cap CO2 emission, many turn to the experience of the … read more »

2012

Working paper  1 November, 2012

Who will win the green race? In search of environmental competitiveness and innovation

As the world considers greener forms of economic growth, countries and sectors are beginning to position themselves for the emerging green economy. This paper combines patent … read more »

Working paper  1 April, 2012

Embodied carbon in trade: a survey of the empirical literature

Measuring consumption-based emissions and the implied embodied emissions in trade (EET) has seen a resurgence in recent years, with a growing number of papers reporting country-level … read more »

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Policy paper  16 July, 2015

Modernization and innovation in the materials sector: lessons from steel and cement

This report analyses the effectiveness of climate and other related policies in the steel and cement sector over the last 15 years and explores what policy options are available for carbon intensive materials. read more »

2014

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Policy report  14 November, 2014

The impacts of environmental regulations on competitiveness

Report shows that environmental regulations have only a a marginal impact on competiviveness and that the benefits often outweigh the costs read more »

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Policy paper  15 October, 2014

Steel Report: Carbon Control Post 2020 in Energy Intensive Industries

Study demonstrates how a portfolio of low-carbon opportunities exists which can modernize the steel industry and achieve climate benefits at the same time. The study concludes that the European steel industry has to be highly energy-efficient and innovative to secure its future and that low-carbon transformation offers such a perspective. read more »

Policy paper  27 February, 2014

Carbon control and competitiveness post 2020: the cement report

Cement industry top management now has little confidence in the EU ETS;  structural reform is needed to help investment in energy efficiency and innovation, and reduce energy costs and carbon … read more »

Policy paper  6 February, 2014

Staying with the leaders: Europe's path to a successful low-carbon economy

Neuhoff, K., Acworth, W., Dechezleprêtre, A., Dröge, S., Sartor, O., Sato, M., Schleicher, S., and Schopp, A. 2014. Climate Strategies. Berlin, Germany and London, UK.

2013

Policy paper  1 July, 2013

The position of the UK in the emerging green economy

GEPC, 2013.  Download paper

Policy report  1 June, 2013

Position of the Netherlands in the emerging green economy

Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, 2013. Download paper  

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In the news  8 July, 2015

The EU has the power to drive innovation

Business Green, 8 July (article requires subscription to access)

2014

In the news  28 November, 2014

Green regulations cripple the economy? Show me the proof

If environmental red tape is the source of so many economic woes, why is the evidence of the harm they cause so sketchy? read more »

In the news  20 November, 2014

Opinion: exposing myths about green regulations

Dr Antoine Dechezleprêtre and Dr Misato Sato explain the findings of their latest report, ‘The impacts of environmental regulations on competitiveness’ published by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at London School of Economics and Political Science. read more »

In the news  14 November, 2014

'Green tape' can boost growth, study finds

Grantham Institute report says environmental regulations can drive economic growth by encouraging business innovation read more »

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Data setWorking paper  25 March, 2015

International and sectoral variation in energy prices 1995-2011: how does it relate to emissions policy stringency?

New research analsying major trends in global energy prices and the extent to which energy prices are a good proxy for emissions policy stringency. New dataset available. read more »

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