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 the impact of climate, environment and environmental fiscal policies on economic growth and sustainable development. His works include empirical analyses as well as theoretical works on dynamic equilibrium models. Previously, Matthias Kalkuhl worked on agricultural and development economic issues at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn. He coordinated European and international research projects with partners in the US, Ghana, Ethiopia, India and China. He advised the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and International Organizations and contributed to the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources


CV and Publication List.


Work in progress

  • The Impact of Climate Conditions on Economic Production. Evidence from a Global Panel of Regions (with Leonie Wenz). Working Paper
  • All or Nothing: Climate Policy when Assets can Become Stranded (with Jan Steckel and Ottmar Edenhofer) Conference Paper
  • Knowing the Damages is not Enough: The General Equilibrium Impacts of Climate Change. With Ottmar Edenhofer. CESifo Working Paper Series No. 5862
  • Coal and Economic Development - An econometric analysis (with L. Montrone and J. Steckel)
  • Climate change, local resource, and the slow demographic transition in stagnant Africa (with T. Dao)




Teaching (University of Potsdam)

  • Winter term 2018/2019: Economics of Climate Change (Lecture)
  • Summer term 2018: Climate Change and Fiscal Policy (Seminar)

For writing Master theses, see additional information.

Latest Publications

Creutzig, F., Bren d'Amour, C., Weddige, U., Fuss, S., Beringer, T., Gläser, A, Kalkuhl, M., Steckel, J. C., Radebach, A., Edenhofer, O., 2019

Assessing human and environmental pressures of global land-use change 2000–2010

Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
Peer Review
Piontek, F., Kalkuhl, M., Kriegler, E., Schultes, A., Leimbach, M., Edenhofer, O., Bauer, N., 2018

Economic Growth Effects of Alternative Climate Change Impact Channels in Economic Modeling

Environmental and Resource Economics
Peer Review
Dorband, I.I., Jakob, M., Kalkuhl, M., Steckel, J.C., 2018

Poverty and distributional effects of carbon pricing in low- and middle-income countries – A global comparative analysis

World Development
Peer Review
Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, C., Arlinghaus, J., Haywood, L., Kalkuhl, M., Knopf, B., Koch, N., Kornek, U., Pahle, M., Pietzcker, R., Steckel, J., Ward, H., 2018

Eckpunkte einer CO2-Preisreform für Deutschland

MCC Working Paper No. 1
Kalkuhl, M., Knopf, B., Van Dender, K., et al., 2018

Bridging the gap: Fiscal reforms for the low-carbon transition

United Nations Environment Programme (Ed.), Emissions Gap Report 2018. pp. 43–51

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