Sharing Research Insights on the Role of Taxes and Labour in the Circular Economy at SURED 2024

The CIRCOMOD team, represented by researchers from Tilburg University (TiU), contributed to the 2024 Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics (SURED). This prestigious event, renowned in the fields of resource, energy, and environmental economics, provided an ideal platform for the TiU team to showcase their research.

As part of the diverse CIRCOMOD consortium, which brings together various modelers, among which TiU and the PBL team are collaborating on macro-economic models. These models are designed to better understand the economic, market, trade, and social impacts of the circular economy.

At SURED, TiU researcher Etienne Lorang presented his work with Reyer Gerlagh, discussing the role of taxing resource extraction and waste as instruments to facilitate efficiency in the circular economy. Their paper, titled “Material Source and Waste Taxes in Competitive Equilibrium,” garnered significant attention from peers in the modeling community. This research highlights under what conditions and settings the taxing instruments for waste and resource extraction can serve as effective policy tools in fostering a sustainable circular economic transition.

Additionally, Julie Metta, another colleague from TiU, presented her research on labor supply in the circular economy. Her presentation focused on the role of labour in the delicate balance between economic growth and waste pollution mitigation. This work is part of her PhD research, which she recently completed at KU Leuven. Julie’s insights contribute to a deeper understanding of the complexities in achieving synergies between labor and circular economy policies.

The SURED conference series has established itself as a vital gathering for experts and young scientists from various disciplines and countries. By integrating both theoretical and empirical approaches, SURED 2024 offered a forum for discussing the latest developments and setting future research agendas in sustainable resource use and economic dynamics. The participation and contributions of the TiU team not only highlighted their innovative research but also underscored the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing challenges in the circular economy transition.

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