Monday, July 30, 2012

ARC Laureate Fellowships Announced

The ARC announced the award of this year's round of Laureate Fellowships. The Laureate Fellowships - previously called 'Federation Fellowships" are the most prestigious grants offered by the ARC they provide a salary top up for the fellow, post-doc positions, and project funds for five years.

ANU won 4 out of the 17 Laureate Fellows announced and the College of Asia and the Pacific got two of these. The other two ANU awards went to my former Fenner School colleague David Lindenmayer and Eelco Rohling who is a climatologist at University of Southampton who will move to the ANU.

Elsewhere, there are several awards for coral reef science and John Quiggin's fellowship was renewed a second time. His proposed research will examine how financial regulation can be improved to reduce the vulnerability of the financial system and the macroeconomy to unforeseen shocks. His previous Federation Fellowship was focused on adaptation to climate change in the Murray Darling Basin.

James Cook university won two fellowships. Apart from that all the awards went to the Go8.

Congratulations to all the recipients!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ARC Future Fellowships Announced

The ARC announced the outcomes of this year's Future Fellowships round today. Unfortunately, Crawford didn't get any - we made two applications - but ANU did very well and the College of Asia and the Pacific had a 54% success rate overall. Nationally, the success rate was 35%. Presumably the success rate was high because the ARC unexpectedly brought forward the application date catching a lot of people unawares.

Interestingly, no fellowships were awarded in economics, which may partially explain our zero success rate.

Monday, July 23, 2012

WG3 FoD Now Available for Review

Register here as an expert reviewer of the FoD. This will give you access to the first order draft of Working Group III's part of the 5th IPCC Assessment Report. I'm a coauthor of Chapter 5. In November we will meet in Vigo, Spain to process the comments.

ECI Short Course

I will be presenting in a short-course provided by the Energy Change Institute at ANU: Energy change in a carbon‐trading world. Please pass on the information about the course to anyone you think might be interested.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Missing Infinity Sign

I just noticed that in the published version of our paper in the current issue of the Energy Journal on p132 6 lines from the bottom of the middle paragraph there is a gap after “AEE ->” where there should be an infinity sign. In other words, as effective energy goes to infinity the stated function of effective energy goes to zero.

I just checked the proofs I was sent back in January and the infinity sign was there correctly in the proofs, so I am going to try to get the journal to fix this in the online version. Most people can probably guess that there should be an infinity sign where the gap is, but it is still annoying that it disappeared between the proofs and the final version of the article appearing.

Especially as this really is one of the key points in our paper. If energy is essential, so that the elasticity of substitution is less than unity between it and capital and labor, then as effective energy gets more and more abundant the growth model gets more and more like the standard Solow growth model where energy doesn't affect growth.

P.S. 30th July 2012

I just heard from the journal that they have corrected this in the electronic version of the article. I'm impressed by how quickly this was resolved.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Seminar at University of Western Australia

I will be giving a seminar at the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia on Friday 21st September at 11:00am. The title and abstract are below. It will be an extended version of the presentation I recently gave at IAEE.

Title: Energy and Economic Growth: The Stylized Facts

Abstract: Nicholas Kaldor highlighted six "stylized" facts to summarize the patterns that economists had discovered in national income accounts and to shape the growth models being developed to explain them. Recently Charles Jones and Paul Romer (2010, American Economic Journal: Macro) introduced a set of "new Kaldor facts" for growth economics. This paper attempts to summarize what we know about energy and economic growth in a similar set of stylized facts and to explain the patterns we see in the data. Both empirical regularities in the cross-section across countries and over time in individual countries will be presented and discussed. Models of the role of energy in the economy need to be able to reproduce and account for these facts. Though some of the results presented will be familiar, others stand in contrast to patterns found in other studies and others have not been explored much previously. Differences are mainly due to whether traditional biomass is included or not or whether purchasing power parity adjusted or market exchange rates are used.

Latest Crawford Research News is Out!

This is the second edition of our "Research News" which highlights our publications in leading journals (former A and A* ERA journals) and other outlets over the past month or so. The newsletter is put together by Sung Lee who is our director of research communications.

Monday, July 16, 2012

IPCC Scholarships

Click on the image to see more detail:

Students interested in applying for an IPCC scholarship should download an application form.

Completed application forms and supporting documents should be uploaded by 30 September 2012.

For more information contact:
Jonathan Lynn, E-mail: , Tel: + 41 22 730 8066
Werani Zabula, E-mail: Tel: + 41 22 730 8120

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Jobs at Lund

Astrid Kander writes: We have one or more permanent positions as senior lecturer in Economic History out in Lund now. Deadline 9th September. Please look here. We welcome international researchers/teachers!

Lund has a large department of economic history as well as a regular economics department. I visited there in 2010 and am scheduled to visit again in each of the next two years as part of my ARC grant activity.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Final Versions of Two Papers Published

Nowadays, papers often are online for a while before they are officially published and in economics, of course, we often have a working paper version up for a while beforehand too. So I'm not sure when to announce that a paper is "published". Anyway, two papers are now up online in their final form with page numbers assigned:

Stern D. I. and A. Kander (2012) The role of energy in the industrial revolution and modern economic growth, Energy Journal 33(3), 125-152. Working Paper Version

Stern D. I., J. C. V. Pezzey, and N. R. Lambie (2012) Where in the world is it cheapest to cut carbon emissions?, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 56(3), 315-331. Working Paper Version

Both papers are "paywalled" but there are free working paper versions as indicated. I've blogged about both previously - on Stern et al. here and on Stern and Kander here.

PLOS One's 2011 Impact Factor

I've previously blogged about why PLOS One has a relatively high impact factor despite not screening article by importance, only by technical accuracy. As the 2011 journal citation report
has now been released
it's time to look at what happened to PLOS One's impact factor last year:

The impact factor is down but only by 7% despite the increase in articles published. Of course, the 13,781 articles published in 2011 aren't used to compute the impact factor. The 10,977 published in 2009 and 2010 are used to compute the 2 year impact factor. I would predict that the IF will decline further in 2012 with the doubling in the number of articles published in 2011 relative to 2010. But for the moment it is still pretty respectable.

Monday, July 2, 2012

2011 Journal Citation Report Released

Every June, Thomson Reuters releases the Journal Citation Reports that present citation data and most importantly impact factors for all the journals covered by the Web of Science. My immediate impression of this year's report is that impact factors are fairly stable in this iteration compared to last year and that the number of journals included in economics has stopped increasing. Over the last few years Thomson Reuters has doubled the number of journals covered in economics from around 160 to 320. This has doubled most impact factors as there are twice as many venues to be cited in as previously. However, in 2011 Ecological Economics has a two year impact factor of 2.713 and in 2010 its IF was 2.754. The total number of economics journals seems relatively stable:

The expansion in the number of social science journals covered clearly is a result of competition by Scopus, which started in 2004 boasting a much wider coverage of the social sciences than the Web of Science published by Thomson-Reuters.

For a primer on bibliometric indicators click here.

CCEP Papers in June 2012

CCEP Working Papers continued to get a healthy rate of downloads in June. The most downloaded paper was Olivia Boyd's paper on Chinese energy and climate policy. I'm pretty happy about that as I invited Olivia to contribute the paper after seeing her masters thesis on and she put a lot of effort into producing a shorter version.