Åsa Löfgren is a research fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. She is currently doing her post-doc which is financed by MISTRA’s Climate Policy Research Program (CLIPORE). Löfgren has studied research questions of both empirical character (e.g. the actual effect of policy instruments such as energy taxes and the effect of CO2 tax on carbon emissions) and theoretical character (e.g. the effect of habit formation on environmental taxation), which gives her a broad competence in economics research in such various areas of economics as environmental economics, econometrics, political economy and behavioral economics. Currently, Löfgren is working on research issues related to climate change. In particular she is working on projects, using experimental methods, related to the performance of tradable emission markets and the behavior of negotiators when choosing between investing in either adaptation or mitigation measures. Furthermore, Löfgren has worked extensively with the investment behavior of firms, more specifically, firms' carbon-reduction investment behavior in response to climate strategies. She has also done collaborative research on uncertainty and how this affects the incentives to invest in new technology in line with the option theory of investment. Löfgren has published in peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Energy Journal and Applied Economics), written book chapters (e.g. chapter 10 in Choosing Environmental Policy: Comparing Instruments and Outcomes in the U.S. and Europe, RFF Press) and reports for the European Union, DG ENV. She has also given research counseling to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on climate change issues and Allan Larsson as part of advising President Barosso regarding climate change policies in the EU. Löfgren teaches at the undergraduate level in economics, and she has taught courses abroad and at other universities. Further she supervises both undergraduate and graduate students.
My current research interests are in the area of environmental economics related to climate change. In particular, I am interested in different aspects of policy instruments and industrial investment behaviour in relation to climate change. Furthermore, I am working in behavioural economics with issues such as the effect of habit formation on environmental taxation, and absolute and relative preferences for environmental goods.