Dr Alex Bowen

Principal Research Fellow

Background

Before joining the London School of Economics and Political Science, Alex worked at the Bank of England, most recently as a Senior Policy Adviser.

Alex’s research interests were stimulated by his year on sabbatical, spent contributing to ‘The Economics of Climate Change: the Stern Review’ as a senior economic adviser.

Alex graduated in economics from Clare College, Cambridge, and received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied as a Kennedy Scholar.

Research interests

  • The macroeconomic aspects of climate change;
  • and the design of policy regimes for tackling harmful climate change.
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Research article  18 March, 2014

A macroeconomic perspective on climate change mitigation: Meeting the financing challenge

Building on simulations using Integrated Assessment Models and historical evidence, this paper explores some of the issues posed by this dual financing challenge. We discuss the "fiscal self-reliance" of the energy sector, finding that carbon pricing would generate sufficient fiscal revenues within each region to finance total investment in energy supply. 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 »

Working paper  1 August, 2013

A macroeconomic perspective on climate change mitigation: Meeting the financing challenge

-  Forthcoming in Climate Change Economics (August 2014) (read article) Transitioning to a low-carbon economy will require significant investment to transform energy systems, alter the built … read more »

Research article  1 March, 2013

Prosperity with Growth: Economic Growth, Climate Change and Environmental Limits

Bowen, Alex and Hepburn, Cameron. 2013. Chapter in Handbook On Energy And Climate Change

2012

Research article  20 December, 2012

'Green growth': what does it mean?

What is green growth? read more »

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 November, 2012

Prosperity with growth: economic growth, climate change and environmental limits

Debate about the relationship between environmental limits and economic growth has been taking place for several decades. These arguments have re-emerged with greater intensity following advances … read more »

Working paper  1 April, 2012

‘Green’ growth, ‘green’ jobs and labour markets

‘Green’ growth, ‘green’ jobs and labour markets read more »

2011

Research article  20 October, 2011

The green growth narrative: paradigm shift or just spin?

Reference Bowen, A., and Fankhauser, S. October 2011. The green growth narrative: paradigm shift or just spin? Global Environmental Change, v.21, pp.1157-1159. External link to full article|

Research article  20 June, 2011

Raising finance to support developing country action: some economic considerations

This article explores the principles that should guide efforts to raise finance for climate action in developing countries. The main conclusions are that, first, there is an important role … read more »

Research article  20 January, 2011

Low-carbon development for the least developed countries

The contribution of the least developed countries (LDCs) to the greenhouse gas problem is very small. LDCs accounted for just over 4% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in … read more »

2010

Research article  18 March, 2010

Environmental policy and the economic downturn

This paper considers how environmental policies should respond to macroeconomic downturns. It first explores the implications of the global economic downturn of 2008–9 for environmental policies, focusing in particular … read more »

Working paper  22 January, 2010

Environment policy and the economic downturn

We consider how environmental policies should respond to macroeconomic downturns. We first explore the implications of the global economic downturn of 2008-2009 for environmental policies, focusing, … read more »

Working paper  1 January, 2010

Raising finance to support developing country action: some economic considerations

This article explores the principles that should guide efforts to raise finance for climate action in developing countries. The main conclusions are that:First, there is an … read more »

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Policy report  1 May, 2014

The US and Action on Climate Change

Bowen, Alex, 2014. Chapter in: The Global Development of Policy Regimes to Combat Climate Change, World Scientific Publishing. Link to publisher

Policy report  1 May, 2014

The Scope for “Green Growth” and a New Technological Revolution

Bowen, Alex, 2014. Chapter in: The Global Development of Policy Regimes to Combat Climate Change, World Scientific Publishing. Link to publisher

2013

Policy report  4 November, 2013

Energy use policies and carbon pricing in the UK

Energy use policies and carbon pricing in the UK read more »

Policy report  18 August, 2013

Climate change policy UK

The Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) have published a policy paper, originally commissioned as a working paper … read more »

2011

Policy report  2 January, 2011

The Economics of Climate Change

Alex Bowen and James Rydge, 2011. Chapter in: The Governance of Climate Change: Science, Politics and Ethics Link to publisher

2010

Policy report  1 August, 2010

Mitigating climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: is it possible to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C?

The Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are contemplating a range of goals for limiting the rise in global average temperature that is … read more »

2009

Policy report  1 December, 2009

Mitigating climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: the science and economics of future paths for global annual emissions

Mitigating climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: the science and economics of future paths for global annual emissions read more »

Policy paper  22 September, 2009

Meeting the Climate Challenge: Using Public Funds to Leverage Private Investment in Developing Countries

‘Meeting the Climate Challenge: Using Public Funds to Leverage Private Investment in Developing Countries’ is the output of a public/private discussion coordinated by Lord Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham … read more »

Policy paper  2 April, 2009

Towards a Global Green Recovery: recommendations for immediate G20 action

Nico Bauer (PIK), Alex Bowen (GRI, LSE), Steffen Brunner (PIK), Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK), Christian Flachsland (PIK ), Michael Jakob ( PIK ) and Nicholas Stern ( GRI LSE ), April … read more »

Policy report  1 February, 2009

An outline of the case for a 'green' stimulus

Alex Bowen, Samuel Fankhauser, Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis  

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2012

Commentary  16 April, 2012

‘Green’ growth, ‘green’ jobs and labor markets

Much of the attraction of ‘green’ growth to politicians and policy-makers is the apparent promise of job creation.  Many developing countries face the prospect of rapidly growing labor forces, so … read more »

Commentary  28 February, 2012

Putting the case forward

Carbon Trading (March issue; pages 34-35)

2011

Commentary  26 August, 2011

Green growth: paradigm shift or just spin?

There is much talk at the moment about green growth – environmentally sustainable, biodiverse, low-carbon and climate-resilient growth in human prosperity. Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Commentary  3 August, 2011

Climate pragmatism or climate illusion?

With the Republican Party and a good many Democrats currently opposed to sanctioning any meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, United States climate policy, at least at federal level, appears … read more »

Commentary  4 July, 2011

Why the EU should be cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020

On 5 July 2011, the European Parliament will be asked to endorse an increase in the European Union’s target for greenhouse gas reductions, from 20 to 30 per cent by 2020 … read more »

Commentary  4 July, 2011

Why the EU should be cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020

On 5 July 2011, the European Parliament will be asked to endorse an increase in the European Union’s target for greenhouse gas reductions, from 20 to 30 per cent by … read more »

Announcement  16 March, 2011

Grantham staff contribute to OECD’s Economic Survey of the United Kingdom 2011

The OECD report concluded that, "to meet ambitious climate change targets [in the UK] and reduce emissions, higher and more consistent carbon prices are needed. Climate change is a global challenge, and working for higher, more broadly based and stable carbon prices within the European Union should be a priority." read more »

2010

Commentary  5 October, 2010

Temperature goals heat China climate talks

The Conservative party conference in Birmingham may be the focus of UK politics this week, but government representatives will be taking part in crucial discussions in China that could have … read more »

Commentary  2 September, 2010

Joint Critique of Bjørn Lomborg's Pronouncements on Climate Change

The Guardian, 2 September  2010

Commentary  2 September, 2010

Still wary of Bjørn Lomborg's pronouncements on climate change

Bjørn Lomborg’s change of mind on climate change is welcome, and some of his suggestions good, but your glowing review of his new book failed to examine deeply his shift … read more »

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Policy Seminars 20 Mar 2014

A post-growth society for the 21st century. Does prosperity have to wait for the return of economic growth?

Grantham Research Institute hosted a policy seminar in collaboration with IDDRI. Lucas Chancel presented the key findings of A post-growth society for the 21st century by IDDRI. The … read more »

2012

Grantham Workshop 19 Apr 2012

International Climate Finance

Downloads Financing needs Chair: Richard Green, Imperial College Erik Haites (Magree) ‘Funding needs for mitigation’ Paul Watkiss (SEI) ‘Future funding needs: adaptation’ Morgan Hervé-Mignucci (CPI Venice) ‘Current funding: the landscape … read more »

Grantham Workshop 13 Mar 2012

The Global Development Post-Durban Of Policy Regimes To Combat Climate Change

Hosted by the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) and Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) Downloads The outlook for international climate-change mitigation policies post-Durban Professor Nicholas … read more »

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