Thomas Stoerk

Visiting Fellow

Thomas is an applied microeconomist interested in questions of environmental economics.  Particular research interests include empirical policy evaluation, the economics of climate change, and environmental and climate policy in China.

Thomas is a Policy Officer at DG Climate Action at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.


Thomas holds a PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Previously, Thomas was a High Meadows Post-Doctoral Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, NY, as well as a visiting PhD student at the Grantham Research Institute.

Research interests

  • Empirical policy evaluation
  • Climate change economics and policy
  • Environmental and climate policy in China
  • Energy economics


Research article  14 August, 2019

Turning the corner on US power sector CO2 emissions - a 1990-2015 state level analysis

Total CO2 emissions from the United States power sector increased over the period 1990–2005, but peaked soon after, and by 2015 they had declined by 20% compared to 2005. This … read more »

Research article  27 January, 2019

China’s national carbon emissions trading scheme: lessons from the pilot emission trading schemes, academic literature, and known policy details

Upon completion, China’s national emissions trading scheme (C-ETS) will be the largest carbon market in the world. Recent research has evaluated China’s seven pilot ETSs launched from 2013 on, and … read more »

Working paper  17 January, 2019

Searching for carbon leaks in multinational companies

This paper examines whether the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has led companies to shift the location of production, thereby creating carbon leakage. read more »


Working paper  31 August, 2018

Effectiveness and cost of air pollution control in China

This study provides the first empirical evaluation of China’s 11th Five-Year Plan which set a goal to reduce the emission of sulphur dioxide (SO2) by 10% between 2006 and 2010. read more »

Research article  1 August, 2018

Recommendations for improving the treatment of risk and uncertainty in economic estimates of climate impacts in the Sixth Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report

Large discrepancies persist between projections of the physical impacts of climate change and economic damage estimates. These discrepancies increase with increasing global average temperature projections. Based on this observation, … read more »


Research article  18 February, 2016

Statistical corruption in Beijing's air quality data has likely ended in 2012

This research documents changes in likely misreporting in official air quality data from Beijing for the years 2008–2013. It is shown that, consistent with prior research, the official Chinese … read more »


Working paper  28 May, 2015

Statistical corruption in Beijing's air quality data has likely ended in 2012

This research documents changes in likely misreporting in official air quality data from Beijing for the years 2008 to 2013. The findings suggest that misreporting of air quality data for Beijing has likely ended in 2012. read more »

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Policy publications  3 June, 2018

Letter to Professor Pörtner and Professor Roberts (Co-Chairs of IPCC Working Group II)

Letter to the Co-Chairs of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which draws their attention to a new paper, to be published in the journal ‘Review … read more »

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Grantham Workshop 21 Sep 2016

Grantham Workshop | Thomas Stoerk "Challenges for regulation in developing countries: evidence from air pollution control in China

Thomas Stoerk, a Research Student at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, will be the speaker for this seminar.


Grantham Workshop 4 Feb 2015

Grantham Workshop - Thomas Stoerk - "Heaven is High and the Emperor is Far Away: The Political Economy of Air Pollution in China"

Thomas Stoerk, a Research Student at the Grantham Research Institute will be the speaker for this seminar.

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