Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Dr Linus Mattauch

Honorary Research Associate

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Linus Mattauch is an Honorary Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment. 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 Associate of the Institute of New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School. 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 the American Economic Review, 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.

Linus previously completed a postdoctoral grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (2016-2018) 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., 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 Writings

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). 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)


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