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. Additionally, he is co-lead of the PIK-MCC future lab "Public Economics and Climate Finance" (with Kai Lessmann).

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

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Contributions to Policy Debates

Current Research Projects

  • CLEANUP (DFG) - The Public Economics of Carbon Dioxide Removal
  • Green Recovery (VW Stiftung) - Aligning Short-term Stimuli with Long-term Climate Goals


Work in progress


Teaching (University of Potsdam)

  • Winter term 2021/2022: Economics of Climate Change (Lecture; Master program)
  • Winter term 2021/2022: Economics of Global Commons Climate Change (Lecture; Bachelor program, formerly "Internationale Wirtschaftspolitik II")
  • Summer term 2021: Environmental Policy (Seminar)
  • For internships and writing Master theses, see additional information.


Latest Publications

Franks, M., Kalkuhl, M., Lessmann, K., 2022

Optimal pricing for carbon dioxide removal under inter-regional leakage

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Peer Review
Amberg, M., aus dem Moore, N., Bekk, A., Bergmann, T., Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, C., George, J., Haywood, L., Heinemann, M., Held, A., Kalkuhl, M., Kellner, M., Koch, N., Luderer, G., Meyer, H., Nikodinoska, D., Pahle, M., Roolfs, C., Schill, W.P., 2022

Reformoptionen für ein nachhaltiges Steuer- und Abgabensystem

Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik
Peer Review
Hänsel, M.C., Franks, M., Kalkuhl, M., Edenhofer, O., 2022

Optimal carbon taxation and horizontal equity: A welfare-theoretic approach with application to German household data

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
Peer Review
Kalkuhl, M., Amberg, M., Bergmann, T., Knopf, B., Edenhofer, O., 2022

Gaspreisdeckel, Mehrwertsteuersenkung, Energiepauschale – Wie kann die Bevölkerung zielgenau und schnell entlastet werden?

Singhal, P., Pahle, M., Kalkuhl, M., Levesque, A., Sommer, S., Berneiser, J., 2022

Beyond good faith: Why evidence-based policy is necessary to decarbonize buildings cost-effectively in Germany

Energy Policy
Peer Review