Evaluating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Policies (EvalMap)

Duration: April 2012 until December 2015

Project coordination: Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. (RWI) Essen

Cooperation partners: Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) Mannheim, University of Kassel (Chair of Empirical Economic Research) as subcontractor of ZEW

Funding institution: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), first phase of the funding priority "Economics of Climate Change" ("Ökonomie des Klimawandels")

Summary: A number of political measures have been taken in Germany in order to be able to mitigate global climate change successfully. An empirical evaluation of these mitigation and adaptation measures is not only important to guarantee the consistency of these measures, but also to avoid costly redundancies. In practice, however, several difficulties arise, since a correct evaluation of these political measures also requires an understanding of the determinants of private energy demand. This problem is aggravated by the lack of reliable empirical data that consider the energy consumption of households and related emissions across time.

The objective of this project was the establishment of an extensive energy-economic panel dataset on the energy consumption of private households, which is freely available for research purposes. The dataset was used to estimate different preference indicators econometrically, such as the willingness to pay for renewable energies as well as price and income elasticities for electricity, gas or oil consumption. Moreover, the implementation of climate adaption measures at the household level, such as the conclusion of insurance contracts, air conditioning measures, or the insulation of flats, were examined on the basis of this dataset empirically.

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Publications and papers:

Schwirplies, Claudia and Andreas Ziegler (2017), Adaptation of future travel habits to climate change: A micro-econometric analysis of tourists from Germany, Tourism Economics 23 (6), 1275-1295

König, Moritz, Victor von Loessl, Claudia Schwirplies, and Andreas Ziegler (2020), Preferences for energy-saving measures to control the climate at home: A stated choice analysis   

Contact: Prof. Dr. Andreas Ziegler (andreas.ziegler@uni-kassel.de)