Aurélien Saussay is an Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. He joined the Institute in September 2019. His research focuses on the economic consequences of the transition to a low carbon economy, in order to identify the social and political acceptance challenges that hamper the implementation of effective decarbonisation.
Aurélien completed his PhD at EHESS (CIRED) in 2018. His dissertation, titled “Three Essays on Energy Prices and the Energy Transition” received the 2019 EAERE Award for Best Doctoral Dissertations in Environmental and Resource Economics. One of his articles, “The Impacts of Energy Prices on Industrial Foreign Investment Location: Evidence from Global Firm Level Data”, co-authored with Misato Sato, also received the FAERE Young Economist Best Paper Award.
In parallel to his PhD, Aurélien was head of the environmental team at OFCE, Sciences Po. There, he has been one of the main co-authors of the Multi-sector Macroeconomic Model for the Evaluation of Environmental and Energy policies (ThreeME), which is used extensively in France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Indonesia to assess the economic consequences of energy transition scenarios. Aurélien has previously been an energy policy analyst at the International Energy Agency from 2009 until 2013. He holds an MSc Engineering from Mines-Paristech, and an MSc in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po and Ecole Polytechnique.
- Environmental Economics
- Empirical Econometrics
- Energy Transition
Research - 2023
The authors of this paper introduce a simple empirical approach to test the pollution offshoring hypothesis (POH) combining a comprehensive industrial mergers and acquisitions dataset, a measure of sectoral linkages based on input-output tables and an index score of environmental policy stringency. Read more
Research - 2022
This paper provides evidence on the characteristics of low-carbon jobs in the United States and reveals the potential skills gaps and hiring difficulties emerging in specific labour markets affected by the low-carbon transition. Read more
Research - 2020
This paper provides a quantitative assessment of the economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19 lockdown measures in the short and long term. Read more
Research - 2018
The results of this paper show that upon deciding to invest, firms are attracted to regions that have lower energy prices. This supports arguments for better targeting leakage prevention measures to complement carbon pricing for energy-intensive industrial activities. Read more
Policy - 2023
This report provides a detailed characterisation of low-carbon jobs from the last decade in the United States and the United Kingdom, bringing new evidence to support policy discussions. Read more
Policy - 2022
This paper presents new simulation results for the UK combining macroeconomic simulations in ThreeME, a computable general equilibrium model, with... Read more
Events - 2023
News - 2023
This article which reports on how an apparent shortage of green skills in the workforce may undermind climate targets. The... Read more
News - 2021
In this article for the French magazine L'Express, Aurélien Saussay outlines why it is important for France to remain actively engaged with global efforts to tackle climate change. Read more
In this editorial article for L'Express Aurélien Saussay considers the climate and enviornmental impact of the recent growth in single-family detached homes in France during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more