CIES_Joelle Noailly picture 2022


Spoken languages
English, French, Dutch
Areas of expertise
  • Economics of innovation and technological change
  • Environment, environmental policies, law, and economics
  • Energy
  • Climate, climate change, natural disasters
  • Applied microeconomics


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Joëlle Noailly is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Economics at the Geneva Graduate Institute and part-time Associate Professor in Environmental Economics at the Vrije Universiteit  Amsterdam. She is further affiliated as Research Fellow to the Tinbergen Institute and Co-Editor of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics.

Her research focuses on a wide array of issues in environmental economics, including energy economics, environmental policy design, green technologies, and the clean energy transition. She obtained her PhD in economics from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship from the European Commission, as well as several research grants from the Swiss Science Foundation, the Swiss Network of International Studies and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

Previously she worked as Head of Research of the Centre for International Environmental Studies at the Geneva Graduate Institute and as research economist at the Dutch economic think tank, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB). 



  • Noailly, J., L. Nowzohour, M. van den Heuvel (2022) Does environmental policy uncertainty hinder investments in the low carbon economy. NBER Working Paper, w30361.
  • Dugoua, E., Dumas, M., & Noailly, J. (2022). Text-as-data in environmental economics and policy. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 16(2). 346-356
  • Noailly, J. and R. Smeets (2022) Financing Energy Innovation: Internal Finance and the Direction of Technical Change, Environmental and Resource Economics, 83(1), 145-169
  • Borghesi, S., Munro, A., & Noailly, J. (2022). EAERE Award for the Best Paper Published in Environmental and Resource Economics during 2021. Environmental and Resource Economics.
  • Andersen, M. and J. Noailly (2021) Environmental policy and clean innovation in the mining sector, In: Global Challenges for Innovation in the Mining Industry, Daly A., Humphreys D., Raffo J. and Valacchi G. (eds), Cambridge University Press.
  • Wurlod, J.D. and J. Noailly (2018) The impact of green innovation on energy intensity: An empirical analysis for 14 industrial sectors in OECD countries, Energy Economics, 71, pp. 47-61.
  • Sarr, M. and J. Noailly (2017) Innovation, diffusion, growth and the environment: Taking stock and charting new directions, Environmental and Resource Economics, 66(3), pp. 393-407. 
  • Noailly, J. and V. Shestalova, (2017) Knowledge spillovers from renewable energy technologies: Lessons from patent citations, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 22(3), pp. 1-14.
  • Noailly, J. and R. Smeets (2015) Directing technical change from fossil-fuel to renewable energy innovations: An empirical investigation using patent data, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 72(C), pp. 15-37.
  • Noailly, J. and D. Ryfish (2015) Multinational firms and the internationalization of green R&D: A review of the evidence and policy implications, Energy Policy, 83(C), pp. 218-228.
  • Noailly, J. (2012) Improving the energy efficiency of buildings: The impact of environmental policy on technological innovation, Energy Economics, 34, pp. 795-806.


Joëlle Noailly