Thomas is an applied microeconomist interested in questions of environmental economics. In his research, Thomas seeks to improve economic estimates of climate change impacts and to inform the design of cost-effective mitigation policy for greenhouse gases and air pollutants.
Thomas works as Climate Economist at the National Bank of Belgium.
Thomas holds a PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra.
Previously, Thomas was a Policy Officer at the Directorate-General for Climate Action at the European Commission in Brussels, a High Meadows Post-Doctoral Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, as well as a visiting PhD student at the Grantham Research Institute.
- Climate change economics and policy
- Empirical policy evaluation
- Air pollution control
- Environmental economics
Research - 2021
The authors of this paper develop a new model to estimate the economic impacts of climate tipping points, such as disintegration of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Read more
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
Research - 2019
Total CO2 emissions from the United States power sector increased over the period 1990–2005, but peaked soon after, and by... Read more
Upon completion, China’s national emissions trading scheme (C-ETS) will be the largest carbon market in the world. Recent research has... Read more
Research - 2018
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
Abstract Large discrepancies persist between projections of the physical impacts of climate change and economic damage estimates. These discrepancies increase... Read more
Research - 2016
Abstract This research documents changes in likely misreporting in official air quality data from Beijing for the years 2008–2013. It... Read more
Research - 2015
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
Policy - 2018
Letter to the Co-Chairs of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which draws their attention to... Read more