Dr David Klenert


Economist, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

David Klenert


David holds a PhD in Economics from the Technical University Berlin and an MSc in Physics from the ETH Zurich. He currently works as an Economist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. His research interests include environmental, labour and public economics, in particular regarding questions of (optimal) climate policy, inequality and the future of work.

Peer-reviewed publications:

Kornek, U.,Klenert, D., Edenhofer, O., Fleurbaey, M. (2021) The Social Cost of Carbon and Inequality: When Local Redistribution Shapes Global Carbon Prices. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 107, 102450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeem.2021.102450.10.

Fernández-Macías, E., Klenert, D., Antón, J.-I. (2021) Not so disruptive yet? Characteristics, distribution and determinants of robots in Europe.Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 58, pp 76–89.

Klenert, D., Funke, F., Mattauch, L., O’Callaghan, B. (2020). Five Lessons from COVID-19 for Advancing Climate Change Mitigation. Environmental and Resource Economics, 76, pp. 751–778 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00453-w.

Klenert, D., Mattauch, L., Combet, E., Edenhofer, O., Hepburn, C., Rafaty, R., Stern, N. (2018) Making Carbon Pricing Work for Citizens. Nature Climate Change, 8, pp 669–677. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0201-2

Franks, M., Klenert, D., Schultes, A., Lessmann, K., Edenhofer, O. (2018) Is Capital Back? The Role of Land Ownership and Savings Behavior. International Tax and Public Finance, 25(5), pp 1252–1276. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10797-018-9486-3

Klenert, D., Schwerhoff, G., Edenhofer, O. and Mattauch, L. (2018). Environmental Taxation, Inequality and Engel’s Law: The Double Dividend of Redistribution. Environmental and Resource Economics, 71(3),pp 605–624.

Klenert, D., Mattauch, L., Edenhofer, O. and Lessmann, K. (2018). Infrastructure and Inequality: Insights from Incorporating Key Economic Facts about Household Heterogeneity. Macroeconomic Dynamics, 22(4), pp 864–895.

Siegmeier, J., Mattauch, L., Franks, M., Klenert, D., Schultes, A., Edenhofer, O. (2017) The fiscal benefits of stringent climate change mitigation: an overview. Climate Policy, 18(3), pp 352–367. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2017.1400943

Schwerhoff, G., Dao Ngyuen, T., Edenhofer, E., Grimalda, G., Jakob, M., Klenert, D., Siegmeier, J. (2017) Policy options for a socially balanced climate policy. The Economics E-Journal, No. 2017-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.5018/economics-ejournal.ja.2017-20

Klenert, D. and Mattauch, L. (2016). How to make a carbon tax reform progressive: The role of subsistence consumption. Economics Letters, 138, pp 100–103.

Mattauch, L., Edenhofer, O., Klenert, D. and Bénard, S. (2016). Distributional effects of public investment when wealth and classes are back. Metroeconomica, 67(3), pp 603–629. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/meca.12117

Work in progress:

Funke, F., Mattauch, L., van den Bijgaart, I., Godfray, C., Hepburn, C.,Klenert, D.,Springmann, M. & Treich, N. (2021). Is Meat Too Cheap? Towards Optimal Meat Taxation. INET Oxford Working Paper No. 2021-08. https://www.inet.ox.ac.uk/publications/no-2021-08-is-meat-too-cheap-towards-optimal-meat-taxation/

Klenert, D., Fernández-Macı́as, F., Antón, J.-I. Do robots really destroy jobs? Evidence from Europe. JRC Working Papers Series on Labour, Education and Technology, 2020/01, JRC118393.

Mattauch, L., Klenert, D., Stiglitz, J., Edenhofer, O. Overcoming Wealth Inequality by Capital Taxes that Finance Public Investment. NBER Working Paper No. 25126.

Sulikova, S., van den Bijgaart, I., Klenert, D., Mattauch, L. (2020). Optimal fuel taxation with suboptimal health choices. (INET Working Paper 2020-22)

Policy pieces:

2021 Robots, jobs and the future of work. Social Europe. With Enrique Fernández-Macías and José-Ignácio Antón. https://socialeurope.eu/robots-jobs-and-the-future-of-work

2021 The social cost of carbon and inequality. VoxEU – CEPR Policy Portal. With Marc Fleurbaey. https://voxeu.org/article/social-cost-carbon-and-inequality

2020 The impact of industrial robots on the EU economy. JRC Science for Policy Briefs. JRC 121953. With Sergio Torrejón Pérez, Robert Marschinski, Enrique Fernández-Mac ías and Ignacio González Vázquez. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files/jrc121953_policy_brief_the_impact_of_industrial_robots_on_the_eu_economy.pdf

2020 Climate change after COVID-19: Harder to defeat politically, easier to tackle economically VoxEU – CEPR Policy Portal. With Franziska Funke. https://voxeu.org/article/climate-change-after-covid-19

2020 Don’t blame it on the machines: Robots and employment in Europe. VoxEU – CEPR Policy Portal. Co-authored by Enrique Fernández-Macı́as and José-Ignácio Antón. https://voxeu.org/article/dont-blame-it-machines-robots-and-employment-europe

2020 Do robots really destroy jobs? JRC Fairness Policy Brief Series 03/2020. Co-authored by Enrique Fernández-Macı́as and Robert Marschinski. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files/fairness_pb2020_wave04_robotization_jrc_b5.pdf

2019 Reducing Wealth Inequality Through Wealth Taxes Without Compromising Economic Growth. ProMarket – The blog of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago. With Linus Mattauch. https://promarket.org/reducing-wealth-inequality-through-wealth-taxes-without-compromising-economic-growth/

2019 Carbon pricing for inclusive prosperity: the role of public support. Economics for Inclusive Prosperity Policy Brief 15. With Linus Mattauch. https://econfip.org/policy-brief/carbon-pricing-for-inclusive-prosperity-the-role-of-public-support/

2018 Making carbon pricing work for citizens. VoxEU – CEPR Policy Portal. Co-authored by Cameron Hepburn. https://voxeu.org/article/making-carbon-pricing-work-citizens

Recent Publications