Roger joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in April 2013, and leads the research on drawing lessons from economic history for green growth.
Roger has been investigating the long run relationship between economic development, energy use and its environmental impacts over the last twenty years, introducing economic history to the analysis of energy issues.
An article, co-authored with Steve Broadberry, in the Journal of Economic Perspectives in 2015 presents evidence on very long GDP per capita in a number of European countries. It rejects the argument that these economies were stagnant prior to the Industrial Revolution. Instead, the evidence demonstrates the existence of numerous periods of economic growth before the nineteenth century – unsustained, but raising GDP per capita. It also shows that many of these economies experienced substantial economic decline. Thus, rather than being stagnant, pre-nineteenth century European economies experienced a great deal of change, and implies that recent theories of long run economic growth dependent on the concept of ‘stagnation followed by take-off’ need to be revised.
Roger’s 2018 article in The Energy Journal estimated the net benefits to consumers from energy transitions. The results confirm the hypothesis that the consumer surplus followed an inverse-U shape over time. There were dramatic increases in consumer surplus, which reflected the transformations in economies, societies and lifestyles that mobility and illumination provided in the nineteenth and first-half of the twentieth century. The net benefits of these technologies also appear to have been declining during the second half of the twentieth century, suggesting that future energy technologies and transitions may not benefit consumers as much as they did in the past.
His 2014 article estimated trends in income and price elasticities of demand for heating, transport and lighting over the last two hundred years, showing an inverse-U trend for all income elasticities, as the economy developed. An understanding of these trends is vital for improving forecasts of energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.
In 1996, he was awarded the BIEE/Financial Times Andrew Holmes Memorial Award for his research into the impact of liberalisation on the green electricity market. In 2006, his joint article with Peter Pearson on very long run trends in lighting prices and consumption was chosen for the annual Campbell Watkins Award for Best Paper in The Energy Journal. In 2010, his book, ‘Heat, Power and Light: revolutions in energy services’ (Fouquet 2008), was selected by Choice Magazine as one of its Outstanding Academic Titles.
He is the editor of the Handbook on Energy and Climate Change, the Handbook on Green Growth, and The Economics of Renewable Energy. He is also the editor of the energy economics section of New Economic Papers, and an associate editor of the Journal of Energy History and the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics.
Roger received his BA (Economics with Mathematics) in 1990 from the University of Sussex, his MSc (Energy Economics) in 1991, and his PhD in Economics in 1997, both from the University of Surrey.
- The long-run relationships between economic development, energy use and environmental impacts.
Prospective PhD students
Roger welcomes enquiries from prospective PhD students with an economics/economic history background and interests in long run or historical research into economic development, energy, and/or the environment.
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Research - 2020
This paper aims to estimate the short-run impacts of air travel reductions due to COVID-19, and explores the potential for policy measures to curb demand and reduce carbon dioxide emissions beyond the lifetime of the pandemic with minimal impacts on welfare. Read more
This study estimates the combined direct and indirect rebound effects from energy efficiency improvements in the delivery of six energy... Read more
Research - 2019
Research - 2018
This major reference work brings together for the first time key articles on the economics of renewable energy. From a... Read more
Book review published in Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Volume 33, November 2019, Pages 317-318. Read more
We present and analyze three powerful long-term historical trends in energy, particularly electrical energy, as well as the opportunities and... Read more
Roger Fouquet critiques Richard Rhodes’s survey of the inventors who fuelled civilization. Roger Fouquet, Nature 557, 162-163 (2018). doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05081-5 Read more
The knowledge economy provides huge opportunities for economic growth and to become the cornerstone of future economic development by turning... Read more
Abstract Energy transitions have led to major advances in human wellbeing. However, little evidence exists about the scale of the... Read more
Research - 2017
A close relationship would help to drive a faster, more secure transition away from fossil fuels, says Roger Fouquet. Read more
This paper estimates the consumer surplus associated with heating, transport and lighting over more than 200 years and identifies the gains from a number of key energy transitions. Read more
Fouquet, R. (2017). In: Nature 544, 29–30 (06 April 2017) doi:10.1038/544029a Read more
The purpose of this paper is to identify the changes in the impact of energy shocks on economic activity –... Read more
Research - 2016
Abstract The relatively rare and protracted nature of energy transitions implies that it is vital to look at historical experiences... Read more
Abstract This paper draws lessons from long run trends in energy markets for energy and climate policy. An important lesson... Read more
Energy systems are subject to strong and long-lived path dependence, owing to technological, infrastructural, institutional and behavioural lock-ins. Yet, with... Read more
Fouquet, Roger (2016). In: Durlauf, Steven N. and Blume, Lawrence E., (eds.) The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Palgrave Macmillan. Read more
Research - 2015
This paper investigates very long run pre-industrial economic development. New annual GDP per capita data for six European countries over the last seven hundred years paint a clearer picture of the history of European economic development. Read more
This paper sought to draw lessons from long run trends in energy markets for energy and climate policy. An important... Read more
This paper investigates very long run pre-industrial economic development. New annual GDP per capita data for six European countries over... Read more
Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 2015. Vol. 7, Nos. 2-3, 147-156, https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19390459.2015.1050786 Read more
Paper seeks to investigate how industrialised economies managed to achieve the transition from low to high levels of human capital, and goes on to identify lessons for green growth. Read more
Research - 2014
Data Set on the Consumption of Energy and Energy Services (1300-2008). Fouquet, R. (2014) Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 8(2). Read more
Working Paper 153 Abstract The purpose of this paper is to identify the changes in the impact of energy shocks... Read more
Research - 2013
Research - 2012
Yeager, K., F. Dayo, M. Dominik, R. Fouquet, A. Gilau, R. Hosier, A. Miller, S. Rao, S. Sethi. 2012. In:... Read more
Fouquet, R., and P.J.G. Pearson. 2012. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy, v.1, pp.83-100. Read more
Fouquet, R. 2012. Energy Policy 50 (Special Issue on Past and Prospective Energy Transitions), pp.130-41. Read more
Fouquet, R., and P.J.G. Pearson. 2012. Energy Policy 50 (Special Issue on Past and Prospective Energy Transitions), pp.1-7. Read more
Fouquet, R. 2012. Energy Policy 50 (Special Issue on Past and Prospective Energy Transitions), pp.62-71. Read more
Research - 2011
Fouquet, R. 2011. Ecological Economics, v.70, pp.2380-9 Read more
Data Set on the Price of Energy and Energy Services (1700-2010). Fouquet, R. 2011. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, v.5, pp.196-218. Read more
Research - 2010
Fouquet, R. 2010. Energy Policy, v.38, pp.6586-96. Read more
Research - 2009
Research - 2008
Fouquet, R. 2008. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA. Read more
Research - 2006
Fouquet, R., and Pearson, P.J.G. 2006. The Energy Journal, v.27, pp.139-77. Read more
Research - 2003
Pearson, P.J.G., and Fouquet, R. 2003. In: L. Hunt (ed.), Energy in a Competitive Market. Edward Elgar. Cheltenham. Read more
Fouquet, R. 2003. Climate Policy (special Emissions Trading issue), v.3, pp.143-55. Read more
Fouquet, R., and Pearson, P.J.G. 2003. World Economics, v.4, pp.93-119. Read more
Research - 2001
Grimstom, M., Karakousis, V., Fouquet, R., van der Vorst, R., Pearson, P.J.G, and Leach, M. 2001. Climate Policy, v.1, pp.155-171. Read more
Research - 1998
Fouquet, R. 1998. Energy Policy, v.26, pp.281-94. Read more
Fouquet, R., and Pearson, P.J.G. 1998. The Energy Journal, v.19, pp.1-41. Read more
Research - 1997
Research - 1995
Energy Economics, v.17, pp.237-47. Read more
Data - 2015
Dataset from: "Seven Centuries of European Economic Growth and Decline." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 29(4): 227-44. Read more
Data - 2014
From: Fouquet, R. (2014) Long run demand for energy services: income and price elasticities over 200 years. Review of Environmental... Read more
Data - 2011
From: Fouquet, R. (2011) Divergences in long run trends in the prices of energy and energy services. Review of Environmental... Read more
Books - 2019
Books - 2018
Books - 2013
Books - 2008
Fouquet, R. 2008. Edward Elgar Publications. Cheltenham, UK, and Northampton, MA, USA. Read more
Events - 2016
Events - 2015
Events - 2014
News - 2016
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