Post-Growth Innovation Lab Seminar: Samer Abdelnour (University of Edinburgh)

Samer Abdelnour will present a recently published paper suggesting that in contexts of violence methodological reflexivity alone is insufficient to prevent researchers from causing harms to vulnerable people and communities. Rather, researchers should embrace ‘political reflexivity’, which can equip researchers to better identify, understand and mitigate harms, and where possible, challenge structures that do the marginalizing. The paper draws on feminist standpoint epistemology and contributes to growing debates about decolonizing research methods.

Scientific Conference Series Aida Fernández Ríos - María Loureiro: “Citizenship in light of climate change: socioeconomic aspects”

María Loureiro García, professor of Fundamentals of Economic Analysis, School of Economic and Business Science of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), and elected member of the RAGC. Scientific Director of ECOBAS.

“Citizenship in light of climate change: socioeconomic aspects”

Climate change is one of the most global and worrying phenomena faced by citizens in the 21st century. This presentation analyzes how sentiments towards climate change are expressed and transmitted globally and generate possibilities for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation policies in different continents. In the news, there is increasing global awareness of the occurrence of climate change and its economic and social consequences; this is especially true in countries that have recently experienced extreme events. To conduct this analysis, we employ a database containing over 100 million records of Twitter conversations globally from 2019 to the present.
By proximity, we will focus on the European case and analyze it causally, with microeconomic empirical applications, like how the energy transition and its consequences on energy prices affect the perception on the need for climate policy.


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ECOBAS Research Seminar: Mar Reguant - Northwestern University & Barcelona School of Economics


We study the distributional impacts of real-time pricing (RTP) in the Spanish electricity market, which rolled out RTP as the default tariff for a large share of residential customers. We complement aggregate patterns of distributional effects with a method to infer individual households’ income using zip-code income distributions. We identify three channels for the distributional impacts of RTP: consumption patterns, appliance ownership, and location. The first channel makes the switch from monthly to hourly prices progressive since high-income households consume disproportionately more at peak times when real-time prices are higher. However, the other two channels make the switch from annual to monthly prices regressive: low-income households, who tend to have more electric heating, benefit from the price insurance provided by time-invariant prices during winter, when prices tend to be higher and more volatile. Given that prices differences are greater across months than within months, the regressive effect dominated. Using counterfactual experiments, we find that RTP makes low-income households particularly vulnerable to adverse weather shocks during winter. In the future, the wider adoption of enabling technologies (including storage and demand response devices) by the high-income groups might worsen the distributional impacts of RTP.