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Left to work at the Centre for International Environmental Studies, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

François Cohen

Former Researcher

Francois is 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  4 October, 2019

Mortality, temperature and public health provision: evidence from Mexico

In this paper the authors examine the impact of temperature on mortality in Mexico using daily data over the period 1998–2017. read more »


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  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

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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 »

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