Dr Linus Mattauch

Departmental Research Lecturer in the Economics of Environmental Change


Linus Mattauch is a lecturer at the Environmental Change Institute of the Faculty of Geography and the Environment. He is also Deputy Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for 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., Klenert, D., Stiglitz, J.E. and Edenhofer, O. (2018) Overcoming wealth inequality by capital taxes that finance public investment. NBER Working Paper 25126.

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

Sulikova, S., van den Bijgaart, I., Klenert, D. and Mattauch, L. Optimal fuel taxation with suboptimal health choices. (draft available upon request)

Policy Writings

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)


  • 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.