Visiting researchers

Research topic
  • Policy design and evaluation

  • François Cohen

    Visiting Fellow

    Francois is a visiting fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and a research associate at the Centre for International Environmental Studies of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Francois was previously a researcher with the Grantham Research Institute from April 2014 until July 2016 where his research focussed on the economics of adaptation to climate change and energy use.


    Francois has a PhD in economics that he prepared at the Centre of Industrial Economics of Mines Paris Tech Graduate School, France. His PhD dissertation deals with energy efficiency policies and is entitled “Investing in energy use and production to mitigate and to adapt to climate change”. Moreover, Francois has a Master’s degree entitled “Economics and Public Policy” from the Political Studies Institute of Paris, Sciences Po. Before joining the Institute, Francois has worked for three years as an environmental consultant for BIO Intelligence Service, a French company member of the Deloitte Group, where he was focusing on issues related to energy efficiency and contributed to around 15 reports for the European Commission (DG CLIMA, DG ENV, and DG ENER); the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME); the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    Research interests

    • The economics of adaptation to climate change
    • Energy economics
    • Applied economics
    • Energy efficiency policy
    • Environmental policies
    Working paper  19 January, 2018

    Understanding interpersonal violence: the impact of temperatures in Mexico

    This research investigates how and why high temperature has an effect on criminality, using data from Mexico. It suggests that the additional crimes committed on hot days are due to changes in time use and habits by both criminals and their victims during times of high temperature. read more »


    Working paper  15 May, 2017

    Mortality inequality, temperature and public health provision: evidence from Mexico

    In this paper the authors examine the heterogeneous impact of temperature shocks on mortality across income groups in Mexico using individual death records (1998–2010) and Census data. read more »

    Working paper  1 February, 2017

    The cost of adapting to climate change: evidence from the US residential sector

    Using household-level data from the American Housing Survey, this paper assesses the cost of adapting housing to temperature increases. The authors account for both energy use adjustments and capital adjustments through investments in weatherization and heating and cooling equipment. read more »


    Working paper  17 February, 2015

    The impact of energy prices on energy efficiency: Evidence from the UK refrigerator market

    It is commonly believed that large energy efficiency gaps exist in the energy-using durables markets. We develop a broad analytical framework capturing consumer purchase behavior and suppliers’ pricing and innovation … read more »


    Conference presentation  12 September, 2014

    Adaptation to Climate Change and US Residential Energy Use – Does Adaptation Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

    This research goes beyond previous analyses by evaluating which drivers would explain the relationship between climate change and energy use. read more »

    Conference presentation  3 July, 2014

    The impact of energy prices on energy efficiency: Evidence from the UK Refrigerator Market

    François Cohen, Matthieu Glachant and Magnus Söderberg. World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists. Istanbul, 28 June – 3 July 2014. – Link to presentation

    More in research publications

    Grantham Workshop 1 Jun 2018

    Policies to finance energy efficiency

    This half-day event, hosted by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science will draw on the insights of … read more »

    Grantham Workshop 30 May 2018

    Grantham Workshop | Francois Cohen

    This workshop will be given by Francois Cohen, a Grantham Research Institute Visiting Fellow.


    Conferences 16 Sep 2015

    Conference | Economics of innovation, diffusion, growth and the environment

    This three day conference will cover a wide range of topics in the area of the economics of growth, development and technological change. read more »

    More in events