Dr Linus Mattauch


Robert Bosch Junior Professor, Faculty Economics and Management, Technical University of Berlin

Linus Mattauch2


Linus Mattauch holds the Robert Bosch Junior Professorship on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Technical University of Berlin. He also co-leads the Future Lab “Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development” at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research. Linus is also an Honorary Research Associate of the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford.

E-Mail: linus.mattauch@inet.ox.ac.uk

For the most recent updates about Linus' research and writing please see his personal page.

Linus' research centres around evaluating policy options for mitigating climate change and addressing wealth inequality. He also analyses what makes such policies acceptable to citizens. As an example, his work shows that a carbon tax can be popular with citizen and benefit poor households.

Linus' further research interests are second-best analyses of public finance and normative implications of behavioural economics and preference changes. He also works on theories of economic growth and low-carbon transport. His research has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Science, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Nature Climate Change, Environmental and Resource Economics, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Global Environmental Change and Transportation Research Part D.

Linus Mattauch was previously Deputy Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at INET and a lecturer at the Environmental Change Institute of the Faculty of Geography and the Environment. Linus previously completed a postdoctoral grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (2016-2018) at INET and worked at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and the Technical University of Berlin. He completed his PhD thesis, entitled “Rent and Redistribution: The welfare implications of financing low-carbon public investment”, in 2015 there. He holds an MMathPhil from Oxford in mathematics and philosophy.

A full academic CV can be accessed here.

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Work in progress:

Mattauch, L., Klenert, D., Stiglitz, J.E., Edenhofer, O. (2018) Overcoming wealth inequality by capital taxes that finance public investment. NBER Working Paper 25126

Mattauch, L., Hepburn, C., Stern, N. (2018). Pigou pushes preferences: decarbonisation options when preferences are endogenous. CESifo Working Paper 7404.

Sommer, S., Mattauch, L., Pahle, M. (2020). Supporting carbon taxes and the role of fairness. (INET Working paper 2020-23)

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

Zhao, J., Mattauch, L. (2020). When standards have better distributional consequences than carbon taxes. (INET Working Paper 2020-25)

Policy pieces:

Ein Kompromiss für faire Energiepreise (2022, with S. Sommer, M. Pahle) Makronom

Carbon pricing for inclusive prosperity: the role of public support (2019, with D. Klenert). Economics for inclusive Prosperity Policy Brief 16.

Reducing wealth inequality through wealth taxes without compromising economic growth
(2019, with D. Klenert).

Können sich Demo­kra­tien eine ambi­tio­nierte Kli­ma­po­li­tik leisten?
(2019, with O. Edenhofer, in German)

Why is carbon pricing in some countries more successful than in others?
(2018, with F. Funke)

Shrink emissions, not the economy!
(2018, with A. Radebach, J. Siegmeier and S. Sulikova)

Peer-reviewed publications:

Frondel, M., Helmers, V., Mattauch, L., Pahle, M., Sommer, S., Schmidt, C.M. & Edenhofer, O. Akzeptanz der CO2-Bepreisung in Deutschland: Evidenz für private Haushalte vor Einführung des CO2-Preises (2022). Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 23(1), 49--64.

Funke, F., Mattauch, L., van den Bijgaart, I., Godfray, C., Hepburn, C., Klenert, D., Springmann, M. & Treich, N. (2022). Is Meat Too Cheap? Towards Optimal Meat Taxation. Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, accepted.

Mattauch, L., Hepburn, C., Spuler, F. & Stern, N. (2022). The economics of climate change with endogenous preferences. Resource and Energy Economics, accepted

Mattauch, L., Klenert, D., Stiglitz, J.E., Edenhofer, O. (2022). Overcoming wealth inequality by capital taxes that finance public investment. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, accepted.

Ceutzig, F., Niamir, L., Bai, X., Callaghan, M., Cullen, J., Díaz-José, J., Figueroa, M., Grubler A., Lamb, W., Leip, A., Masanet, E., Mattauch, L., Minx, J., Mirasgedis, S., Mulugetta, Y, Budi Nugroho, S., Pathak, M., Perkins, P., Roy, J., de la Rue du Can, S., Saheb, Y., Some, S., Steg, L., Steinberger, J., Ürge-Vorsatz, D. (2022) Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being. Nature Climate Change 12, 36–46.

Sommer, S., Mattauch, L. & Pahle, M. (2021). 'Supporting carbon taxes: The role of fairness'. Ecological Economics, 195

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, 751--778.

Mattauch, L., Matthews, H.D., Millar, R., Rezai, A., Solomon, S., Venmans, F. (2020). Steering the climate system: comment. American Economic Review, 110(4): 1238–1241. (working paper version here)

Mattauch, L., Siegmeier, J., Funke, F. (2019). Wirtschaftswachstum aufgeben? Zur Struktur wachstumskritischer Argumente. [Giving up on Growth? On the Validity of Post-Growth Arguments] Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts-und Unternehmensethik (zfwu)/Journal for Business, Economics & Ethics 20(1):5-30. (working paper version)

Klenert, D., Mattauch, L., Combet, E., Edenhofer, O., Hepburn, C., Rafaty, R. and Stern, N. (2018) Making carbon pricing work for citizens. Nature Climate Change, 8: 669-677.

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

Mattauch, L., Siegmeier, J., Edenhofer, O. and Creutzig, F. (2018) Financing Public Capital through Land Rent Taxation: A Macroeconomic Henry George Theorem. Public Finance Analysis. 74:340--360.

Creutzig, F., Roy, J., Lamb, W. F., Azevedo, I. M.L., Bruine de Bruin, W., Dalkmann, H., Edelenbosch, Oreane Y., Geels, Frank W., Grübler, A., Hepburn, C., Hertwich, E., Khosla, R., Mattauch, L., Minx, J. C., Ramakrishnan, A., Rao, N., Steinberger, J., Tavoni, M., Ürge-Vorsatz, D., Weber, E. U. (2018). Towards demand-side solutions for mitigating climate change. Nature Climate Change 8:260-271.

Siegmeier, J., Mattauch, L., O. Edenhofer (2018). Capital beats coal: how collecting the climate rent increases aggregate investment. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 88:366-378.

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

Siegmeier, J., L. Mattauch, M. Franks, D. Klenert, A. Schultes, O. Edenhofer (2018). A Public Finance Perspective on Climate Policy: Six Interactions that may enhance Welfare. Climate Policy 18(3):352-367.

Klenert, D. and Mattauch, L. (2016) How to make a carbon tax progressive: the role of subsistence consumption. Economic Letters, 138: 100-103.

Mattauch, L. and Hepburn, C. (2016) Climate policy when preferences are endogenous - and sometimes they are- Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 40(1): 76-95.

Mattauch, L., Edenhofer, O., Klenert, D. and Bernard, S., (2016) Distributional effects of public investment when wealth and classes are back. Metroeconomica, 67(3): 603-629.

Mattauch, L., Ridgway, M., & Creutzig, F. (2016). Happy or liberal? Making sense of behavior in transport policy design. Transportation research part D: transport and environment, 45, 64-83.

Creutzig, F., Jochem, P., Edelenbosch, O.Y., Mattauch, L., van Vuuren, D.P., McCollum, D. and Minx, J. (2015) Transport: A roadblock to climate change mitigation? Science, 350(6263): 911-912.

Edenhofer, O., Mattauch, L. and Siegmeier, J. (2015) Hypergeorgism: When Rent Taxation is Socially Optimal. Finanzarchiv/Public Finance Analysis, 71(4): 474-505.

Edenhofer, O., Jakob, M., Creutzig, F., Flachsland, C., Fuss, S., Kowarsch, M., Lessmann, K., Mattauch, L., Siegmeier, J. and Steckel, J.C. (2015) Closing the Emissions Price Gap. Global Environmental Change, 31: 132-143.

Mattauch, L., Creutzig, F. and Edenhofer, O. (2015) Avoiding Carbon Lock-In: Evaluating Policy Options for Advancing Structural Change. Economic Modelling, 50: 49-63.

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