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Nicholas Stern

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Background

Lord Stern was adviser to the UK Government on the Economics of Climate Change and Development from 2005-2007, where he was Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006.

He was Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-2007; Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty's Treasury from 2003-2005; Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister's Commission for Africa from 2004-2005; and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank from 2000-2003.

During his time as Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Visiting Professor of Economics at LSE, he was one of the founding forces behind the Asia Research Centre, formally becoming its director in 2007.

Research interests

  • The economics of climate change;
  • Economic development and growth;
  • Economic theory;
  • Tax reform;
  • Public policy;
  • The role of the state and economies in transition.

Media articles

2014

Unambitious Australia needs to do more to tackle climate change|
Nicholas Stern, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 April

Boost the UK economy with green Budget measures|
Nicholas Stern, Financial Times, 17 March

Climate change is here now and it could lead to global conflict|
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 14 February

2013

The US and China must show leadership on climate change
|Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 11 December 

Innovative society advocacy for a low-carbon European economy
|Nicholas Stern and Iddri, Les Echoes, 10 July

Strong leadership key to generating low-carbon prosperity
|Professor Lord Stern of Brentford, Financial Times (letters; free registration is required), 16 May
 

2012 

The UK Energy Bill: a good start, undermined by coalition politics
|Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 30 November

Cameron must commit to low-carbon economy
|Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 15 October

Britain risks falling behind in the race for clean energy|
Nicholas Stern, The Observer, 14 October 

Pour une sortie verte de la crise de la zone euro
|Nicholas Stern, Le Monde, 29 June

Umweltschutz für den Euro
Nicholas Stern, Zeit Online, 2 June

We need a Queen’s Speech for growth
|Nicholas Stern, Financial Times, 9 May 

Brics bank is a fine idea whose time has come
|Dr Mattia Romani, Professor Nicholas Stern and Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Financial Times, 5 April

La crisis europea y la economía verde
|Teresa Ribera, Laurence Tubiana and Lord Nicholas Stern, El Pais, 28 February

Le chemin qu'il reste à parcourir après le sommet de Durban
|Nicholas Stern and Laurence Tubiana, Le Monde, 4 January

2011

A profound contradiction at the heart of climate change policy
|Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 8 December

China risks overtaking Europe in green economic revolution
|Lord Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 4 July

Europe must not stitch up IMF role
|Lord Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 24 May

The prize, perils and price of China's plan
|Lord Nicholas Stern, The Financial Times (free registration is required), 28 April
 
 

Look beyond US and Europe for IMF and World Bank leaders
|Lord Nicholas Stern, The Financial Times (free registration is required), 21 Apri

Urgent steps to stop the climate door closing
|Fatih Birol and Nicholas Stern, The Financial Times (free registration is required), 8 March

2010

Climate finance plan could break talks inertia
|Trevor Manuel and Lord Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 8 November

Climate changer
|Lord Nicholas Stern, South China Morning Post (registration and eventual subscription is required: PDF version of article|), 30 October

A changed Africa still needs our help to grow|
Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 31 May

Climate: what you need to know|
Nicholas Stern, The New York Review of Books, 26 May

2009

The rich, the poor and the planet|
Nicholas Stern, LSE Connect , Winter 2009

Business must champion low-carbon growth|
Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 7 December

Copenhagen climate conference: emission impossible|
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 30 November

The road to Copenhagen|
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian (podcast), 20 November

Our low-carbon future|
Nicholas Stern, European Voice, 21 October

The world's future is being decided this weekend|
Nicholas Stern, The Observer, 18 October

Vital that US and Europe cut emissions, too|
Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (letter) (free registration is required), 25 September

China and India are leading the way. Yes, I'm optimistic
|Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 23 September

Lord Stern suggests new way out of deadlock
|Nicholas Stern, The Daily Telegraph, 22 September

The real green new deal|
Tony Blair and Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 22 September

The time is approaching for India to take a lead on climate change|
Nicholas Stern, The Independent, 20 July

EU power struggle threatens climate change agreement|
Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (letter) (free registration is required), 20 July

Why global warming could make or break south-east Asia|
Nicholas Stern and Haruhiko Kuroda, The Guardian, 5 May

Tiny steps in a marathon|
Nicholas Stern, Alex Bowen and Sam Fankhauser, The Guardian, 24 April

Nicholas Stern's Blueprint for a Safer Planet lecture at the London School of Economics|
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian (podcast), 23 April

Nicholas Stern's reaction to green budget measures|
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian (environment blog), 22 April

Enough green talk. Now make it happen|
Nicholas Stern, The Times, 21 April

The point of no return|
Nicholas Stern, The Guardian, 30 March

Low-carbon growth: the only sustainable way to overcome world poverty|
Nicholas Stern, World Bank (blog), 24 March

The world needs an unbiased risk assessor|
Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 24 March

Obama's chance to lead the green recovery|
Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, Financial Times (free registration is required), 2 March

Opportunities that are too good to miss|
Nicholas Stern and Alex Bowen, The Guardian, 24 February

Policy articles

2012

Bhattacharya, A., Romani, M., and Stern, N. Infrastructure for development: meeting the challenge. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of policy paper| (837KB)

Stern, N., and Rydge, J. 2012. The new energy-industrial revolution and an international agreement on climate change. Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy v.1, pp.1-19.

2011

Romani, M., and Stern, N. Delivering climate finance: principles and practice for funding the Fund. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper|(PDF, 430KB)

Romani, M., Stern, N., and Zenghelis, D. The basic economics of low-carbon growth in the UK. Policy brief, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of brief| (PDF, 308KB)

2010

Stern, N. November 2010. China's growth, China's cities, and the new global low-carbon industrial revolution.  Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 347KB)

Stern, N. October 2010. China's growth, China's cities, and the new global low-carbon industrial revolution. [This is slightly different document to one above] Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 239KB)

Stern, N., and Taylor, C. March 2010. What do the Appendices to the Copenhagen Accord tell us about global greenhouse gas emissions and the prospects for avoiding a rise in global average temperature of more than 2°C? Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 436KB)

2009

Stern, N. December 2009. Action and ambition for a global deal in Copenhagen. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 429KB)

Stern, N. December 2009. Deciding our future in Copenhagen: will the world rise to the challenge of climate change? Policy brief, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of brief| (PDF, 826KB)

Stern, N. September 2009. Managing climate change and overcoming poverty: facing the realities and building a global agreement. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 455KB)

Stern, N. July 2009. Climate change, internationalism and India in the 21st Century. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 272KB)

Stern, N. March 2009. The economic crisis and the two great challenges of 21st century. Policy paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 237KB)

Bowen, A., Fankhauser, S., Stern, N., and Zenghelis, D. February 2009. An outline of the case for a 'green' stimulus. Policy brief, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of brief| (PDF, 1.38MB)

Research articles

2013

Stern, N. November 2013. Ethics, equity and the economics of climate change. Paper 2: economics and politics. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (615KB)

Stern, N. November 2013. Ethics, equity and the economics of climate change. Paper 1: science and philosophy. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds and London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (568KB)

2011

Stern, N. 2011. City solutions to global problems. Living in the Endless City (Ricky Burdett and Deyan Sudjic [eds.]). Phaidon, London, UK. External link to book details|

2010

Bowen A., and Stern, N. January 2010. Environment policy and the economic downturn. Working Paper, Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 513KB)

2009

Bauer N., Bowen, A., Brunner, S., Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, C., Jakob, M., and Stern, N. April 2009. Towards a global green recovery: recommendations for immediate G20 actionDownload PDF of report| (PDF, 1.58MB)

Stern, N. 2009. Meeting the climate challenge: using public funds to leverage private investment in developing countries. Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, London and Leeds, UK. Further information on the public/private discussion|

Dietz, S., and Stern, N. 2009. Note - On the timing of greenhouse gas emissions reductions: a final rejoinder to the symposium on "The economics of climate change: The Stern Review and its critics". Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, v.3, pp.138-140. External link to full article|

2008

Stern, N. 2008. The economics of climate change. American Economic Review, v.98, pp 1-37. External link to full article|

Stern, N. 2008. Key elements of a global deal on climate change. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. Download PDF of article| (PDF, 374KB)

Dietz, S., and Stern, N. 2008. Why economic analysis supports strong action on climate change: a response to the Stern review's critics. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, v.2, pp.94-113. External link to full article|

Fankhauser, S., Sehlleier, F., and Stern, N. 2008. Climate change, innovation and jobs. Climate Policy, v.8, pp.421-429. 

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