Dr Linus Mattauch
Robert Bosch Junior Professor, Faculty Economics and Management, Technical University of Berlin
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.
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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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Healthy Climate, Healthy Bodies: Optimal Fuel Taxation and Physical Activity
13 Oct 23
We introduce active travel into an optimal fuel taxation model and characterize analytically the sec...
Overcoming wealth inequality by capital taxes that finance public investment
27 May 22
Wealth inequality is rising in high-income countries. Can increased public investment financed by hi...
Supporting carbon taxes: The role of fairness
04 Mar 22
We find that respondents who prefer green spending are more likely to support a carbon tax, but the ...
No. 2022-01 - Is Meat Too Cheap? Towards Optimal Meat Taxation
10 Jan 22
Here, we review the empirical basis for the ‘social costs of meat’ and study rationales for regulato...
Demand-side solutions to climate change mitigation consistent with high levels of well-being
25 Nov 21
Here, we systematically assess the mitigation potential of demand-side options categorized into avoi...
No. 2020-25 - When standards have better distributional consequences than carbon taxes
03 Feb 21
We develop two new formal models to identify economic situations, in which standards could be prefer...
No. 2020-22 - Optimal fuel taxation with suboptimal health choices
15 Oct 20
We introduce health benefits and active travel options into an optimal taxation model of transport e...
Five Lessons from COVID-19 for Advancing Climate Change Mitigation
03 Aug 20
The nexus of COVID-19 and climate change has so far brought attention to short-term greenhouse gas (...
Steering the Climate System: Using Inertia to Lower the Cost of Policy: Comment
31 Mar 20
Lemoine & Rudik (2017) argues that it is efficient to delay reducing carbon emissions, due to suppos...
Carbon Pricing for Inclusive Prosperity: The Role of Public Support
01 Aug 19
This essay assesses the difficulties in designing successful carbon pricing reforms. It discusses ho...
The concerns of the young protesters are justified
10 Jun 19
In March 2019, German-speaking scientists and scholars calling themselves Scientists for Future, pub...
Giving up on Growth? On the Validity of Post-Growth Arguments (in German)
28 May 19
No. 2018-17- Steering the climate system: an extended comment
10 Dec 18
Applying a mainstream climate physics model to the economics of Lemoine and Rudik (2017) invalidates...
No. 2018-16 - Pigou pushes preferences: decarbonisation and endogenous values
03 Dec 18
This article examines the impact of climate policy-induced changes in consumers’ values. We demonstr...
Overcoming Wealth Inequality by Capital Taxes that Finance Public Investment
01 Oct 18
We examine how increased public investment financed by higher capital taxes affects the distribution...