/ Séminaire « Capitalismes : histoire, structures sociales, devenir »

Antoine Missemer : « The Economics of Energy Efficiency, a Historical Perspective »

18 octobre 2019, à 14h, à la MSH Lyon St-Etienne, 14 avenue Berthelot, Lyon 7ème (salle Elise Rivet)


  • Antoine Missemer est chargé de recherche au CNRS, chercheur au Centre international de recherche sur l’environnement et le développement (CIRED).

Résumé :

Energy efficiency can be consideredas a central pillar of global warming mitigation, with important co-benefits, includingproductivity gains, resource conservationor national security. It is also a subject of controversy between engineers and economists, who have divergent conceptions of the notion of optimality that delineates energy efficiency potentials.Modern surveyshardly go back beyond the 1970sanddo not fully explore the reasonsand conditionsfor the persistent differencesbetween economists’ and engineers’ views. This paper provides such a historical account, investigating the positioning of economic analysisin contrast to the technical expertiseon key energy efficiency topics–the rebound effect, the energy efficiency gap, and green nudges, from the 19thcentury to the present day. Ithighlightsthe permanence and evolution in the relationship that economists have had with technical expertise.An extension of the currentconceptualframeworkis finally provided to connect our historical findings with avenues for future research.

Télécharger le texte support de l’intervention : CIRED Working Paper, n° 74, écrit par Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet et Antoine Missemer.

/ Séminaire « Capitalismes : histoire, structures sociales, devenir »