Dr Linus Mattauch
Deputy Director, Economics of Sustainability Programme
Departmental Research Lecturer in the Economics of Environmental Change, Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford
Linus Mattauch is 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 is an economist with expertise on climate policy and economics, wealth inequality and welfare.
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 Science, 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 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.
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. (draft available upon request)
Sulikova, S., van den Bijgaart, I., Klenert, D., Mattauch, L. (2020). Optimal fuel taxation with suboptimal health choices. (draft available upon request)
Carbon pricing for inclusive prosperity: the role of public support (2019, with D. Klenert). Economists 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)
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.
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...
Making Carbon Pricing Work for Citizens
30 Jul 18
In this Perspective, we synthesize findings regarding the optimal use of carbon revenues from both t...
Financing public capital when rents are back: a macroeconomic Henry George Theorem
25 Jun 18
We translate the Henry George Theorem from urban economics to neoclassical and endogenous growth set...
Ending the growth society? An ethical analysis and evaluation of post-growth strategies (in German)
20 Apr 18
The fiscal benefits of stringent climate change mitigation: an overview
04 Dec 17
(In German) Economic Growth and Climate Change – Opportunities and Challenges on the Way to a Zero-Carbon Society
23 Oct 17