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Linus research focusses on evaluating policy options for mitigating climate change and addressing inequality. He also analyses what makes citizens support such policies. As an example, his work shows that a carbon tax can be popular with citizen and benefit low-income households.

Linus research interests span a selection of topics in environmental and public economics, political economy and normative implications of behavioural economics. He also works on theories of economic growth and low-carbon transport.

He has published on a wide range of issues in these fields including instrument choice, carbon pricing and its distributional effects, environmental taxes on fuel and meat, wealth distribution, rent taxation, public investment, urban transport, endogenous preferences, integrating climate science into economic growth models and philosophy of public policy approaches to economic growth and welfare.

His research has been published in the American Economic Review, Science, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Nature Climate Change, Economics Letters, Environmental and Resource Economics, Global Environmental Change Macroeconomic Dynamics, Midwest Studies in Philosophy and Transportation Research Part D.

Work in progress:

Funke, F., Mattauch, L., Douenne, T., Fabre, A., Stiglitz, J. E. (2024). Supporting carbon pricing when interest rates are higher. Available at SSRN


Fabre, A., Douenne, T., Mattauch, L. (2023). International Attitudes Toward Global Policies. Available at SSRN:


Peer-reviewed publications:

van den Bijgaart, Inge, David Klenert, Linus Mattauch, Sulikova, Simona (2024). Healthy climate, healthy bodies: Optimal fuel taxation and physical activity. Economica 91(361), 93–122.

Zhao, J., Mattauch, L. (2022). When standards have better distributional consequences than carbon taxes. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 116, 102747.

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 63, 383-395.

Mattauch, Linus, Cameron Hepburn, Fiona Spuler, Nicholas Stern (2022). The economics of climate change with endogenous preferences. Resource and Energy Economics 69, 101312.

Funke, F., Mattauch, L., van den Bijgaart, I., Godfray, C., Hepburn, C., Klenert, D., Springmann, M., Treich, N., (2022) Toward Optimal Meat Pricing: Is it Time to Tax Meat Consumption? Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 16(2), 219–240.

Frondel, Manuel, Viola Helmers, Linus Mattauch, Michael Pahle, Stephan Sommer, Christoph M. Schmidt, Ottmar Edenhofer. Akzeptanz der CO2-Bepreisung in Deutschland: Die große Bedeutung einer Rückverteilung der Einnahmen (2022). Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, 23(1), 49--64.


Sommer, S., Mattauch, L., Pahle, M., (2022) Supporting carbon taxes and the role of fairness. Ecological Economics 195, 107359.


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.

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.

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