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                Centre for Economic Performance
                London School of Economics
                Houghton Street
                London WC2A 2AE
                United Kingdom


Contact Information:
            
                j.m.colmer@lse.ac.uk
                


















I am a PhD candidate, and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics, at the London School of Economics. My research focusses on Development and Environmental Economics exploring the intersection of these fields with topics in Labour economics, Industrial Organisation, and Trade.

Recent work aims to understand 
the degree to which labour reallocation can act as a safety valve for agricultural workers in developing countries and the consequences of labour reallocation on productivity and labour market outcomes in destination sectors. More broadly, this work speaks to a literature aiming to understand the degree to which idiosyncratic or localised productivity shocks propagate through economic systems to affect other areas of the economy.

As well as examining the economic consequences of realised productivity shocks, I am engaged in work that focuses on the measurement, and identification of uncertainty -- in its varying forms --, its impact on economic welfare, and the effect it has on the behaviour of individuals and firms.

A separate stream of research aims to understand how economic agents respond to regulation and market incentives, and consequently how public policy and markets can be designed and implemented to reach their objective at the lowest social cost. The focus of this research to date has been on environmental regulation, climate policy, and carbon markets.


Primary Fields: Development and Environmental Economics

Secondary Fields: Labour Economics, Industrial Organisation, Trade

Winner of the FEEM Award 2013 (Young Economist Prize awarded by the European Economic Association).



Selected Works In Progress: 

Agricultural Productivity, Labour Reallocation, and Industrial Production in the Short Run: Evidence from India 

The Transmission of Localised Productivity Shocks in a Globalised World
with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muuls and Ulrich Wagner

Investment under Uncertainty: Child Labour and Schooling in the Presence of Uninsured Risk
(FEEM Award Winner 2013) 

Consumption Smoothing and the Welfare Cost of Uncertainty 
with Yonas Alem 
 
The Causal Effect of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme: Evidence from French Manufacturing Plants 
with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muuls and Ulrich Wagner

Assessing the Additionality of the Clean Development Mechanism: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from India
with Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Caterina Gennaioli, Matthieu Glachant and Anna Schröeder.

Review Pieces and Policy Briefs:

What Can We Learn from the Weather? Interpreting the New Climate-Economy Literature.

Urbanisation, Growth, and Development: Evidence from India

The Impact of the EU ETS: Assessing the Evidence after 10 years
with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls, and Ulrich Wagner