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Rob Hart

Robert Hart
My research concerns the development of the global – spaceship – economy in the very long run, and the management of that development through policy instruments.


How can we make sense of the changes in the human economy that we have seen of the last couple of centuries, and even the last 20000 years? In the light of our explanation of the past, what future scenarios are possible, or indeed likely, regarding long-run global production of goods and services, given the finite nature of the Earth, its natural resources, and the inflow of energy from the sun? Furthermore, what policies are called for in order to achieve desirable long-run outcomes with regard to (sustainable) long-run production and the quality of the living environment? Over the last 100 years and more the world has witnessed economic growth which is not only uniquely rapid, but also astonishingly steady, by which I mean that the increase in production of goods and services per capita in the richest countries has occurred at a remarkably constant rate. Can this increase be maintained, and if it is maintained, will that be at the expense of the quality of the Earth's environment or other species?


I have a wide range of teaching experience in Economics and Environmental Economics at bachelor, master's, and doctoral level. In the last few years I have taught in the following courses: 

Macroeconomics (bachelor);
Agricultural and environmental economics (bachelor);
Economic growth and sustainable development (Master's);
Maths for Economists (PhD);
and Economic Growth (PhD).

I am also the examiner of the Bachelor and Master's theses in economics for the programs given at Ultuna. 


As part of the overall research program described above, I am currently working on four externally funded projects.

'Economic Instruments and Consumption' together with PhD student Jonathan Stråle, funded by the Swedish EPA.  

'Sustainable consumption: From niche to mainstream', a very large project funded by Mistra of which I am a part. 

'UNISECO', a Horizon 2020 project in which I am working on macroeconomic issues related to a transition to more agro-ecological approaches in EU agriculture.

'To buy or not to buy', together with Efi Kyriakopoulou and Justice Mensah, on a transition to sustainable transport in Sweden, funded by the Swedish EPA. 


From 2008 to 2014 I sat on the Editorial Council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. I referee regularly for top field journals such as JEEM, JAERE, ERE, and REE. I have also refereed for journals such as the QJE, Econometrica, the Economic Journal, JPubE, the Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, etc. 

I am assistant head of department, and have been either assistant or deputy head for most of the last 9 years. I sit on the faculty appointments board.

Selected publications

Selected publications
Articles in economics journals

Rob Hart (2018). "To everything there is a season: Carbon pricing, research subsidies, and the transition to fossil-free energy." Forthcoming in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Rob Hart (2018). "Rebound, directed technological change, and aggregate demand for energy." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 89:218-234

Rob Hart (2016). "Non-renewable resources in the long run." Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 71:1-20. 

Rob Hart, Mark Brady, and Ola Olsson (2014). "Joint Production of Food and Wildlife: Uniform Measures or Nature Oases?" Environmental and Resource Economics, 59:187-205.

Rob Hart (2013). "Directed technological change and factor shares." Economics Letters 119:77-80.

Hart, R. and Spiro, D. (2011). The elephant in Hotelling's room. Energy Policy 39: 7834-7838.

Hart, R. (2009). Bad Eggs, Learning-by-doing, and the Choice of Technology. Environmental and Resource Economics 42(4):429-450.

Hart R. (2008). The timing of taxes on CO2 emissions when technological change is endogenous. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management vol 55(2):194-212.

Hart, R. Latacz-Lohmann U. (2005). Combating moral hazard in agri-environmental schemes: A multi-agent approach. European review of agricultural economics vol 2005:75-91.

Hart, R. (2004). Growth, Environment and Innovation - a model with production vintages and environmentally oriented research. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management vol 48:1078-1098

Hart, R. (2003). Dynamic pollution control - time lags and optimal restoration of marine ecosystems. Ecological Economics 47(1):79-93.

Hart, R. (2002). Growth, environment, and culture---encompassing
competing ideologies in one 'new growth' model. Ecological Economics40:253-267.

Hart, R. Brady, M. (2002). Nitrogen in the Baltic Sea---Policy Implications of Stock Effects. Journal of Environmental Management 66(1):91-103.

Hart, R. Latacz-Lohmann, U. (2001). The indifference curve, motivation and morality in contingent valuation. Environmental Values 10:225-42.

Other journal articles
Ola Olsson, Mark Brady, and Rob Hart, 2010. "Optimal delay of harvest - implications for bird populations and economic compensation." Aspects of Applied Biology 100:159-166.

Lindahl, O. Hart, R. et al. (2005). Improving marine water quality by mussel farming - a profitable measure for society. Ambio vol 2:131-138.

Hart, R., Bott, S.G., Atwood, J.L. and Cooper, S.R. (1992). Higher valent Manganese chemistry. [Mn(biguanide)3]+, a structurally characterised MnIV complex with all-nitrogen coordination. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications: 894-895.

Hart, R., Cook M.J., Dunn A.J., Daniel M.F., Richardson R.M., and Roser S.J. (1988). Ordered LB multilayers of octa-n-alkoxy phthalocyanines. Thin Solid Films 159:394-405.

Book chapters
Hart, R. (2007). Can Environmental Regulations Boost Growth? Bretschger and Smulders (Eds), Springer. The Economics of Non-Market Goods and Resources 53-70.

Selected working papers.

Hart, R. (2016). "The knowledge production function." Working paper RH16:1, Department of Economics, SLU, Sweden. 


Professor at the Department of Economics; Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Telephone: +4618671734
Postal address:
Box 7013
750 07 Uppsala
Visiting address: Ulls hus, Ulls väg 27, 756 51 Ultuna, Uppsala