Growth and Ecology: Where are the Limits?

Friday, 17. October 2008 | 8:30 Uhr


Lucas Bretschger


ETH, Zurich


“There is no doubt about the fact that energy reserves are coming to an end. We can expect that new types of energy will replace the current ones to the same extent”. That is how Professor Lucas Bretschger from the Center of Economics and Research of the ETH Zurich presented his research. “It is therefore important that we carefully accompany the development towards a less energy-consuming society. Our energy consumption has to be reduced, especially in the areas where it pollutes the environment. Technological innovations are economically attractive and drive growth”, he continued. He advocates that the research in this area carried out by the rich countries has to be shared with the poor countries.

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Lucas Bretschger

Study of economics at the University of Zurich, 1982
Ph.D. Studies in Economics, 1989
Research fellow and Habilitation (venia legendi) at the University of Zurich, 1991 – 1994

Research Interests:Dynamics of resource use
Endogenous growth models
Trade and economic development
Environmental and regional economics
Innovation and biased technical changeSustainable development

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