Julius  Andersson

Julius Andersson

PhD candidate in Environmental Economics

Department of Geography and Environment

Languages
English, Swedish
Key Expertise
Environmental economics, Public economics, Ethics in welfare economics

About me

Julius has an MSc in Environmental Economics and Climate Change from LSE and an MSc in Economics from UCL. He studied economics, mathematics, philosophy and psychology as an undergraduate and has a BSc in Economics from Lund University, Sweden.

Julius’ research focuses on the link between food production/consumption and climate change, specifically the environmental and welfare effects of greenhouse gas taxation of food products.

Thesis title and short abstract:

The Environmental and Distributional Effects of Carbon Taxes

Abstract:

My thesis empirically analyses the environmental and distributional effects of carbon taxes. I use Sweden as the case study, one of the first countries to implement a carbon tax. First, I show that the tax significantly reduces carbon emissions from the transport sector, and that consumers respond more to changes to the carbon tax rate than equivalent market-driven gasoline price changes. Second, I find that, over time, the carbon tax has become increasingly regressive, which is highly correlated with an increase in income inequality. Analysis of the determinants of tax incidence lends support to my hypothesis that for goods that are necessities, rising inequality increases regressivity. Lastly, I show that a carbon tax on meat and dairy will efficiently reduce emissions from the agricultural sector, with a proportional tax incidence when measured against lifetime income but regressive when measured against annual income, and diverse impacts on diets depending on disposable income.

Teaching record:

Class Teacher (LSE):

2015-2017 - GY121 Sustainable Development

List of publications:

“Carbon Taxes and CO2 Emissions: Sweden as a Case Study” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, forthcoming in 2019. 

Academic Supervisors

Ben Groom
Giles Atkinson

Expertise Details

Environmental and distributional effects of carbon pricing