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


Detailed CV with list of publications


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
  • Can land taxes foster sustainable development? An assessment of fiscal, distributional and implementation issues
  • Agricultural risk management and land ownership (with Gregor Schwerhoff and Katharina Waha)



  • Matthias Kalkuhl is lead author of Chapter 6 (Fiscal Policy) of the upcoming UNEP Emissions Gap Report.
  • Raus aus der Wachstumsgesellschaft? Bericht der Sachverständigengruppe "Weltwirtschaft und Sozialethik" für die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz. Apr 2018. PDF
  • Combating poverty and promoting development with land taxes: Report and Policy Brief - 19.4.2017
  • Blog article (German only): Von der Chimäre BIP und normativen Blindflügen [MCC News;] - 23.9.2016
  • Food For Thought on Hunger. Article at Deutsche Welle on food security and globalized agricultural markets. - 13.7.2016
  • Land taxes can protect forests. Short information on our new article in International Tax and Public Finance (doi: 10.1007/s10797-016-9403-6) - 17.5.2016


Teaching (University of Potsdam)

  • Summer term 2018: Economics of demography, natural resources and environment (Seminar)
  • Winter term 2017/2018: Economics of Climate Change (Lecture)

For writing Master theses, see additional information.

Latest Publications

Haile, M.G.; Kalkuhl, M.; Algieri, B.; Gebreselassie, S., 2017

Price shock transmission: evidence from the wheat-bread market value chain in Ethiopia.

Agricultural Economics
Peer Review
Algieri, B.; Kalkuhl, M.; Koch, N., 2017

A Tale of Two Tails: Explaining Extreme Events in Financialized Agricultural markets.

Food Policy, 69(5), Pages 256–269
Peer Review
Kalkuhl, M.; Fernandez Milan, B.; Schwerhoff, G.; Jakob, M.; Hahnen, M.; Creutzig, F.; Bouma, J.; van der Esch, S., 2017

Land Taxes as Fiscal Instruments to Promote Sustainable Development Report

Kornher, L.; Kalkuhl, M.; Mujahid, I., 2017

Food price volatility in developing countries: the role of trade policies and storage.

FOODSECURE Working paper no. 57
Edenhofer, O.: Kalkuhl, M., 2016

Von der Landnahme zur Aneignung Globaler Gemeinschaftsgüter.

Emunds, B. and I. Merkle. Umweltgerechtigkeit. Von den sozialen Herausforderungen der großen ökologischen Transformation.

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