Dr. Nicolas Koch

Senior Researcher

Dr. Nicolas Koch

Dr. Nicolas Koch is head of the Policy Evaluation Lab and a senior researcher in the working group Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change. He is an environmental economist drawing from the fields of urban and transportation economics, health economics, and applied microeconomics in general. His research combines methodologies for causal impact and welfare analysis with the power of big data to improve public policy making on pressing environmental policy challenges. Specific areas in which he conducted research include the workings of the EU Emissions Trading System, the costs of air pollution, road pricing, the nexus of firm productivity & the environment, and forest conservation policies. He is a Research Fellow at IZA and RWI.

He completed his PhD at the University of Hamburg. Previously he studied economics in Marburg, Kiel, Hamburg and Paris. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia, and a visiting lecturer at BEM Bordeaux Management School. Nicolas has published articles in, amongst others, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Climate Change, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Review of Environmental Economics & Policy, and Energy Economics.


Curriculum vitae

Detailed CV with list of publications


Selected publications

A multi-country meta-analysis on the role of behavioral change in reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in residential buildings
with Tarun Khanna et al.
Nature Energy (2021)
[Published Paper][Data and code]

No aggregate deforestation reductions from rollout of community land titles in Indonesia yet
with Sebastian Kraus, Jacqueline Liu, and Sabine Fuss
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2021) 
[Published Paper][Data and code]
Media: [Mongabay] [Sina.com](Chinese)

Provisional COVID-19 infrastructure induces large, rapid increases in cycling
with Sebastian Kraus
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2021) 
[Published Paper][Preprint][Data and code]
Media: [NYT][Süddeutsche][Forbes]

Adjust urban and rural road pricing for fair mobility
with Felix Creutzig, Aneeque Javaid Brigitte Knopf, Giulio Mattioli, and Ottmar Edenhofer 
Nature Climate Change (2020)
[Published Paper] [Blog Post]

The effect of clean air on pharmaceutical expenditures
with Alexander Rohlf, Felix Holub, and Nolan Ritter
Economics Letters (2020)
[Published Paper]
Media: [BR] [Bayern 2] [Ärzteblatt] [ÄrzteZeitung]

Does the EU Emissions Trading System induce investment leakage? Evidence from German multinational firms
with Houdou Basse Mama
Energy Economics (2019)
[Published Paper]
Media: [Tagesspiegel] [FR] [Common Economics Blog]

Agricultural Productivity and Forest Conservation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon
with Erasmus zu Ermgassen, Johanna Wehkamp, Francisco Oliveira Filho, and Gregor Schwerhoff
American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2019)
[Published Paper]
Media: [Medium] [Mongabay]

Politics matters: Regulatory events as catalysts for price formation under cap-and-trade
with Godefroy Grosjean, Sabine Fuss, and Ottmar Edenhofer
Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (2016)
[Published Paper]
Media: [Carbon Pulse]


Recent working papers

Killing Prescriptions Softly: Low Emission Zones and Child Health from Birth to School
with Hannah Klauber, Felix Holub, Nico Pestel, Nolan Ritter, and Alexander Rohlf
[IZA Discussion Paper]

The Welfare Costs of Job Loss and Decarbonization– Evidence from Germany's Coal Phase Out
with Luke Haywood, and Markus Janser
[IZA Discussion Paper]; related paper on early retirement program in [Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik] (German only)
Media: [IZA Newsroom] [WiWo]

When is the electric vehicle market self-sustaining? Evidence from Norway
with Nolan Ritter, Alexander Rohlf, and Francesco Scarazzato
[WU Working Paper]

Machine Learning from Big GPS Data about the Heterogenous Costs of Congestion
with Phi Nguyen, Nolan Ritter, and Alexander Rohlf
Available upon request.

The Effects of Cash for Clunkers on Local Air Quality
with Ines Helm, Alexander Rohlf
Available upon request. R&R JUE

Spillovers to manufacturing plants from multi-million dollar plantations: evidence from the Indonesian palm oil boom
with Sebastian Kraus, and Robert Heilmayr
[Working Paper] R&R JAERE

Effects of thermal inversion induced air pollution on COVID-19
with Hannah Klauber, and Sebastian Kraus
[Working Paper][Data and code]


Contributions to recent policy debates (mainly German)

Unequal health risks from climate change

Distributional impacts of climate policy in transport sector

Working from Home: Good for the wallet and the climate?


Latest Publications

Kraus, S., Liu, J., Koch, N., Fuss, S. , 2021

No aggregate deforestation reductions from rollout of community land titles in Indonesia yet

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Peer Review
Bachelet, M., Kalkuhl, M., Koch, N. , 2021

What If Working from Home Will Stick? Distributional and Climate Impacts for Germany

IZA Discussion Paper
Peer Review
Khanna, T., Baiocchi, G., Callaghan, M., Creutzig, F., Guias, H., Haddaway, N., Hirth, L., Javaid, A., Koch, N., Laukemper, S., Löschel, A., Zamora, M., Minx, J., 2021

A multi-country meta-analysis on the role of behavioral change in reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in residential buildings

Nature Energy
Peer Review
Baldenius, T., Bernstein, T., Kalkuhl, M., Kleist-Retzow, M., Koch, N., 2021

Ordnungsrecht oder Preisinstrumente? Zur Verteilungswirkung von Klimaschutzmaßnahmen im Verkehr

Klauber, H., Koch, N., 2021

Individuelle und regionale Risikofaktoren für hitzebedingte Hospitalisierungen der über 65-Jährigen in Deutschland

Versorgungs-Report Klima und Gesundheit