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Staff Biography

[Photo: Mirabelle MUÛLS] Dr Mirabelle MUÛLS
Associate - Trade
Tel: 02075948452
Email: m.muuls@imperial.ac.uk

Curriculum Vitae PDF 

Expertise: Climate Change, International Economics


Dr Mirabelle Muûls is a research associate of the CEP’s Globalisation Programme. She is an Assistant Professor in Economics at Imperial College Business School and lecturer at the Grantham Institute- Climate Change and the Environment. From 2008 to 2015 she was a Research Associate and then held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship followed by a Junior Research Fellowship at the Business School and Grantham Institute at Imperial College.

Current Areas of Research:

Mirabelle's current research focuses on the economics of climate change, seeking in particular to understand the impact of climate change policies and climate change on firms' emissions, energy efficiency, innovation, competitiveness and performance.This includes an econometric evaluation of the EU Emissions Trading System and an analysis of the newly established Chinese ETS.

Her research interests also encompass international trade, and she is involved in several projects studying the impact of weather shocks on supply chains, productivity and trade as well as the interactions between trade, factor costs and innovation.

Finally, Mirabelle is part of a team interested in energy efficiency and the behavioural economics of individual energy consumption. This team focuses on conducting experimental interventions with energy consumers and examining the impact of these interventions on energy usage.


  • PhD in Economics - LSE (2007)
  • MSc Politics of the World Economy - LSE (2001)
  • MA in Economics - Universite Catholique de Louvain (2000)


  • Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics, to the best paper in the field of environmental and resource economics, published in a refereed journal, joint with Dr Martin, Dr de Preux and Dr Wagner, 2015
  • Robert Mundell Prize by the Canadian Economics Association for the best paper by young economists published in the Canadian Journal of Economics in the previous calendar year, joint with Dr Petropoulou, 2014

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

CEP Discussion Paper
Making Smart Meters Smarter the Smart Way Quentin Coutellier, Greer Gosnell, Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls, Goran Strbac, Mingyang Sun and Simon Tindermans
February 2019
Paper No' CEPDP1602:
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JEL Classification: D12; Q48; Q54

Tags: behavioural intervention; household energy demand; randomised controlled trial; information

CEP Discussion Paper
Searching for Carbon Leaks in Multinational Companies Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Caterina Gennaioli, Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls and Thomas Stoerk
February 2019
Paper No' CEPDP1601:
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JEL Classification: D22; F23; Q56; Q58

Tags: carbon leakage; eu ets; multinationals

CEP Discussion Paper
Unraveling Firms: Demand, Productivity and Markups Heterogeneity Emanuele Forlani, Ralf Martin, Giordano Mion and Mirabelle Muûls
January 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1402:
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JEL Classification: D24; L11; L25; F14

Tags: demand; productivity; markups; production function estimation; export status; firm size

CEP Discussion Paper
Exporters, Importers and Credit Constraints Mirabelle Muûls
October 2012
Paper No' CEPDP1169:
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JEL Classification: F10; F14; G01; G20

Tags: credit constraints; international trade; firms’ heterogeneity; imports; exports

CEP Occasional Paper
Climate Change Policy and Business in Europe. Evidence from Interviewing Managers Barry Anderson, Jorg Leib, Ralf Martin, Marty McGuigan, Mirabelle Muûls, Ulrich J. Wagner and Laure B. de Preux
March 2011
Paper No' CEPOP27:
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JEL Classification: M20; M14; D21; Q54; Q58

Tags: climate policy; firm behaviour; europe

CEP Discussion Paper
Anatomy of a Paradox: Management Practices, Organisational Structure and Energy Efficiency Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls, Ulrich J. Wagner and Laure B. de Preux
December 2010
Paper No' CEPDP1039:
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JEL Classification: M20; M14; D22; Q41; Q54; Q58

Tags: climate policy; energy efficiency; firm behavior; management practices; manufacturing; microdata; organizational structure

CentrePiece Article
Europe's emissions trading scheme: taxpayers versus sthe industry lobby Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls and Ulrich J. Wagner
July 2010
Paper No' CEPCP311:
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CentrePiece 15 (1) Summer 2010

Tags: industry; r&d; carbon policy; carbon trading

CentrePiece Article
Do swing states influence US trade policy? Mirabelle Muûls and Dimitra Petropoulou
October 2008
Paper No' CEPCP266:
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CentrePiece 13 (2) Autumn 2008

CEP Discussion Paper
A Swing-State Theory of Trade Protection in the Electoral College Mirabelle Muûls and Dimitra Petropoulou
February 2008
Paper No' CEPDP0849:
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JEL Classification: D72; D78; F13; R12

Tags: political economy; elections; electoral college; swing states; trade policy

CEP Discussion Paper
Imports and Exports at the Level of the Firm: Evidence from Belgium Mirabelle Muûls and Mauro Pisu
June 2007
Paper No' CEPDP0801:
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JEL Classification: F10; F16; J21

Tags: exports; imports; productivity; firms