Patrik Söderholm, Professor

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Patrik Söderholm has worked as a teacher and researcher at the Economics Unit since 1992. He has a B.Sc. in economics from Umeå University and a Ph.D. in economics from Luleå University of Technology, and is now Professor and head of the research activities in economics. 

Patrik was born in Luleå in 1968. He lives in central Luleå together with his wife Kristina Söderholm, and their twin daughters Ella and Bodil. Besides economics, his main interests include frisbee (disc golf), cross-country skiing and travels.  He is a fan of Ulf Lundell, The Real Group, U2 and the TV-show House. 


Patrik has been involved in teaching a majority of the courses given at the Divi-sion. In recent years his primary teaching assignments have mainly been limited to a course in Advanced Environmental and Resource Economics.


Patrik's research is mainly within the field of energy, natural resource and environmental economics, with an emphasis on inter-disciplinary cooperation. In recent years he has conducted a range of studies on, for instance: (a) technology diffusion, innovation and policy in the wind power sector; (b) environmental policy instruments in the energy and household sectors; and (c) the valuation of environmental exter-nalities in the electric power sector.

He is since 2005 a Member of the Environmental Research Committee (Miljöforskningsnämnden), Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.

Selected Publications: 


"Policy Effectiveness and Acceptance in the Taxation of Environmentally Damaging Chemical Compounds," (with Anna Christiernsson), forthcoming in Environmental Science and Policy, 2008.

“An Econometric Analysis of Regional Differences in Household Waste Collection: The Case of Plastic Packaging in Sweden,” (with Olle Hage), forthcoming in Waste Management, 2008.

"Harmonization of Renewable Electricity Feed-in Laws," Energy Policy, Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 946-953, 2008.

“The Empirical Challenges of Measuring Technology Learning in the Renewable Energy Sector,” (with Thomas Sundqvist), Renewable Energy, Vol. 32, No. 15, pp. 2559-2578, 2007.

“Wind Power in Europe: A Simultaneous Innovation-Diffusion Model,” (with Ger Klaassen), Environmental & Resource Economics, Vol. 36, No. 2, pp. 163-190, 2007.  

“Wind Power Development in Sweden: Global Policies and Local Obstacles,” (with K. Ek and M. Pettersson), Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 365-400, 2007.

“Modeling Technical Change in Energy System Analysis: Analyzing the Introduction of Learning-by-Doing in Bottom-up Energy Models,” (with Christer Berglund), Energy Policy, Vol. 34, No. 12, pp. 1344-1356, 2006.

“Environmental Taxation in the Natural Resource Extraction Sector: Is It a Good Idea?” European Environment, Vol. 16, No. 4, July/August, pp. 232-245, 2006.

“Estimating and Decomposing the Rate of Technical Change in the Swedish Pulp and Paper Industry: A General Index Approach,” (with Robert Lundmark), Inter-national Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 91, No. 1, pp. 17-35, 2004.

“An Econometric Analysis of Global Waste Paper Recovery and Utilization,” (with Christer Berglund), Environmental & Resource Economics, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 429-456, 2003.

“Complementing Empirical Evidence on Global Recycling and Trade of Waste Paper,” (with Christer Berglund), World Development, Vol. 31, No. 4, April, pp. 743-754, 2003.

“Structural Changes in Swedish Wastepaper Demand: A Variable Cost Function Approach,” (with Robert Lundmark), Journal of Forest Economics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 41-63, 2003.

“A Utility-Eye View of the CO2 Compliance Decision Process in the European Power Sector,” (with Lars Strömberg), Applied Energy, Vol. 75, Nos. 3-4, pp. 183-192, 2003.

“Pricing Environmental Externalities in the Power Sector: Ethical Limits and Implications for Social Choice,” (with Thomas Sundqvist), Ecological Economics, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 333-350, 2003.

"Reflections on the Oil Depletion Controversy," Minerals & Energy, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 2-6, 2003. Also appearing in Oil, Gas, and Energy Law Intelligence, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2004.

“A Note on Inter-Country Differences in Waste Paper Recovery and Utilization,” (with Christer Berglund and Mats Nilsson), Resources, Conservation and Recycling, Vol. 34, No. 3, February, pp. 175-191, 2002.

”Foreign Direct Investment and Institutional Obstacles: The Case of Russian Forestry,” (with Mats Nilsson), Natural Resources Forum, Vol. 26, No. 4, Novem-ber, pp. 302-313, 2002.

“Valuing the Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation: A Critical Survey,” (with Thomas Sundqvist), Journal of Energy Literature, Vol. VIII, No. 2, pp. 3-41, 2002.

"Fuel for Thought: European Energy Market Restructuring and the Future of Power Generation Gas Use," International Journal of Global Energy Issues, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 313-327, 2001.

“The Deliberative Approach in Environmental Valuation,” Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XXXV, No. 2, June, pp. 487-495, 2001.

"The Russian Coal Industry in Transition: A Linear Programming Application," (with Bo Jonsson), OPEC Review, Vol. XXV, No. 1, March, pp. 53-78, 2001.

”Environmental Policy in Transition Economies: Will Pollution Charges Work?” Journal of Environment and Development, Vol. 10, No. 4, December, pp. 365-390, 2001. Reprinted in A. Muller and T. Sterner (Ed.), Environmental Taxation in Prac-tice, Ashgate, Hampshire, UK, pp. 217-242, 2006.

"Fossil Fuel Flexibility in West European Power Generation and the Impact of System Load Factors," Energy Economics, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 77-97, 2001.

"Environmental Regulations and Interfuel Substitution in the Power Sector: A Generalized Leontief Model," Energy & Environment, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 1-23, 2000. 

"Fuel Flexibility in the West European Power Sector," Resources Policy, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 157-170, 2000. 

"Ethical Limitations of Social Cost Pricing: An Application to Power Generation Externalities," (with Thomas Sundqvist), Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, June, pp. 453-462, 2000. 

"The Effect of Deregulation on US Fossil Fuel Substitution in the Generation of Electricity," Energy Policy, Vol. 27, No. 8, pp. 495-499, 1999.

"Pollution Charges in a Transition Economy: The Case of Russia," Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, June, pp. 403-410, 1999. 

"The Modelling of Fuel Use in the Power Sector: A Survey of Econometric Analy-ses," Journal of Energy Literature, Vol. IV, No. 2, December, pp. 3-27, 1998. 


Medvind i uppförsbacke! En studie av den svenska vindkraftspolitiken (with Gabriel Michanek), Report to Expertgruppen för miljöstudier 2006:1, Ministry of Finance, Sweden, 2006. (In Swedish)

Kostnadseffektiva styrmedel i den svenska klimat- och energipolitiken? Metodo-logiska frågeställningar och empiriska tillämpningar (Cost-effective climate and energy policy instruments in Sweden? Methodological Issues and Empirical Appli-cations), (with Henrik Hammar), Report ER 2005:30, Swedish Energy Agency, 2005. Also published as Occasional Paper No. 8, National Institute of Economic Research, Stockholm, 2005. (In Swedish)

Extending the Environmental Tax Base: Prerequisites for Increased Taxation of Natural Resources and Chemical Compounds, Report 5416, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket), Stockholm, 2004.

Brännhett om svensk skog: En studie om råvarukonkurrensens ekonomi (Hot Stuff on Swedish Forests: A Study on the Competition for Raw Materials), (with Robert Lundmark), SNS Förlag, Stockholm, 2004. (In Swedish)

Modelling the Economic Costs of Climate Policy, Research Report 2007:14, Luleå University of Technology, 2007.


"Public Support for Renewable Electricity: The Importance of Policy Fra-ming," (with Kristina Ek), In C. C. Pertsova (Ed.), Ecological Economics Research Trends, Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2008.

“The Environmental Taxation of Fertilizers in Europe: Policy Design, Outcome and Future Potential,” (with Anna Christiernsson), forthcoming in J. Milne, et al. (Eds.), Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation. Volume IV: International and Compa-rative Perspectives, Oxford University Press, UK, 2007.

“The Political Economy of Integrating Markets for Tradable Renewable Energy Credits: Lessons from the Swedish-Norwegian Case,” (with Kristina Ek), forth-coming in J. Milne, et al. (Eds.), Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation. Volume IV: International and Comparative Perspectives, Oxford University Press, UK, 2007.

“Policy Effectiveness and the Diffusion of Carbon-free Energy Technology: The Case of Wind Power” (with Maria Pettersson, Kristina Ek, and Gabriel Michanek), forthcoming in L. J. Lundqvist and A. Biel (Eds.), From Kyoto to the Town Hall: Making International and National Climate Policy Work at the Local Level, Earth-scan, 2007.

“Measuring Environmental Externalities in the Electric Power Sector,” (with Thomas Sundqvist), In D. W. Pearce (Ed.), Valuing the Environment in Developing Countries: Case Studies, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 148-180, 2006.

“Electric Power Generation: Valuation of Environmental Costs,” (with Thomas Sundqvist and Andrew Stirling), In C.J. Cleveland (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Energy, Elsevier Science Ltd., 2004.

“Institutional Obstacles to Environmental Taxation in the Former Soviet Union,” In J. Milne, et al. (Eds.), Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation. Volume I: Inter-national and Comparative Perspectives, Richmond Law & Tax Ltd., Richmond, UK, pp. 257-268, 2003.

“The Changing Role of Fuel Switching: Implications for Energy Policy and Analysis,” In the energy policy section of UNESCO’s Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, EOLSS Publishers Co. Ltd. Available online at, 2002.

”Power Generation in a Deregulated Market: Implications for Fuel Choice Behaviour in Europe,” in R. Jameson (Ed.), The New Power Markets: Corporate Strategies for Risk and Reward, Risk Books, London, pp. 185-201, 1999.


”Short-run Interfuel Substitution in West European Power Generation: A Restricted Cost Function Approach,” Working Paper 99-002, Center for Energy and Environ-mental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, 1999.

”Environmental Policy in Transition Economies: The Effectiveness of Pollution Charges,” Working Paper 99-006, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA, 1999.


“Norms and Economic Motivation in the Swedish Green Electricity Market,” (with Kristina Ek), re-submitted to Ecological Economics, 2008.

“Factor Demand Flexibility in the Primary Aluminium Industry: Evidence from Expanding and Stagnating Regions,” (with Jerry Blomberg), re-submitted to International Journal of Production Economics, 2007.

"The Development of Forest-based Biorefineries: Implications for Market Behavior and Policy," (with Robert Lundmark), submitted to Biomass & Bioenergy, 2007.

"The Political Economy of International Green Certificates Markets," submitted to Energy Policy, 2007.

"Households' Switching Behavior between Electricity Suppliers in Sweden," (with Kristina Ek), submitted to Utilities Policy, 2008.

"Steel Scrap Markets in Europe and the USA," (with Thomas Ejdemo), submitted to Minerals & Energy, 2008.

“Technology Diffusion and Learning in the European Wind Power Sector: An Econometric Analysis,” (with Kristina Ek), to be revised and submitted, 2007.

“Shared or Individual Responsibility: The Case of Public Support for Green Electricity” (with Kristina Ek), to be revised and submitted, 2007.

“The Mixed Blessing of Responsibility Relief: Assessing Household Preferences for Kerbside Recycling,” (with Christer Berglund), to be revised and submitted, 2007.

"Citizen Participation in CO2 Emissions Trading: The Role of Norm-based Motivation," (with Åsa Lindman and Kristina Ek), to be revised and submitted, 2008.





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