Prof. Dr. Matthias Kalkuhl

Head of working group Economic Growth and Human Development

Prof. Dr. Matthias Kalkuhl

Matthias Kalkuhl is head of the working group Economic Growth and Human Development. He is professor on Climate Change, Development and Economic Growth at the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam.

His research focuses on carbon pricing, policies on carbon removal as well as macroeconomic and distributional aspects of climate policy.

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Work in progress

  • Pigou's Advice and Sisyphus' Warning: Carbon Pricing with Non-Permanent Carbon-Dioxide Removal (with M. Franks, O. Edenhofer, F. Gruner and K. Lessmann)
  • On the Governance of Carbon Dioxide Removal–A Public Economics Perspective (with M. Franks, O. Edenhofer and A. Runge-Metzger)
  • Is working from home good for the environment? (with R. Borck and K. Lessmann)
  • Food tax policies to limit biodiversity loss and climate change (with C. Plinke and M. Sureth)
  • The Welfare Economics of Planetary Boundaries: How existential risks and interdependence affect optimal policy (with M. Sureth and M. Hänsel)
  • The social cost of carbon under endogenous civilizational extinction risk (with L. Stern and M. Sureth)
  • Optimal carbon pricing with fluctuating energy prices - Emission targeting vs. price targeting (with E. Eydam, M. Heinemann and A. Blanz)
  • Fiscal Policy and the Distributional Effects of Energy Price Shocks (with E. Eydam, M. Heinemann, N. Moretti and A. Blanz)
  • Climate Change Impacts on Inventive Activity: A Novel Perspective on Future Productivity (with Noah Kögel, Maximilian Kotz and Leonie Wenz)


Current Research Projects

  • ARIADNE (BMBF) - Der rote Faden durch die Energiewende
  • CLEANUP (DFG) - The Public Economics of Carbon Dioxide Removal
  • FEIRE (BMBF) - Financing Ecological Investments in Real Estate
  • CERES - Political Economy for Inclusive Wealth Governance and Sustainability (Werner Siemens Stiftung)


Teaching (University of Potsdam)

  • Winter term: Economics of Climate Change (Lecture; Master program)
  • Winter term: Climate Economics and Policy (Lecture; Bachelor program)
  • Summer term: Environmental Policy (Seminar)


Latest Publications

Wenz, L., Carr, R.D., Kögel, N., Kotz, M., Kalkuhl, M. , 2023

DOSE – Global data set of reported sub-national economic output

Scientific Data
Peer Review
Lessmann, K., Kalkuhl, M., 2023

Climate finance intermediation: interest spread effects in a climate policy model

Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Peer Review
Kalkuhl, M., Kellner, M., Bergmann, T., Rütten, K., 2023

CO2-Bepreisung zur Erreichung der Klimaneutralität im Verkehrs- und Gebäudesektor: Investitionsanreize und Verteilungswirkungen

Kalkuhl, M., Kellner, M., Roolfs, C., Rütten, K., George, J., Bekk, A., Held, A., Heinemann, M., Eydam, U., aus dem Moore, N., Pahle, M., Schwarz, A., Fahl, U., Blum, M., Treichel-Grass, K. , 2023

Kurzdossier: Optionen zur Verwendung der Einnahmen aus der CO2-Bepreisung. Steuer- und fiskalpolitische Aspekte der Energiewende

Sureth, M., Kalkuhl, M., Edenhofer, O., Rockström, J. , 2023

A Welfare Economic Approach to Planetary Boundaries

Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik
Peer Review