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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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)
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)
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.
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. 2020-23 - Supporting carbon taxes: The role of fairness
19 Oct 20
We conduct a discrete choice experiment with a sample of 6,000 German household heads to examine how...
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 (...
No. 2020-16 - Five lessons from COVID-19 for advancing climate change mitigation
12 Jun 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...