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 also leads the Next Generation Policy Project.

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 Environmental and Energy Finance Group of the University of East Anglia, and a visiting lecturer at BEM Bordeaux Management School. Nicolas has published articles in, amongst others, 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

Creutzig, F., Javaid, A., Koch, N., Knopf, B., Mattioli, B., Edenhofer, O. (2020): Adjust urban and rural road pricing for fair mobility, Nature Climate Change, 10, 591-594.

Rohlf, A., Holub, F., Koch, N., Ritter, N. (2020): The effect of clean air on pharmaceutical expenditures, Economics Letters, 192, 109-221.

Koch, N., Basse Mama, H. (2019): Does the EU Emissions Trading System induce investment leakage? Evidence from German multinational firms, Energy Economics, 81, 479-492.

Koch, N., zu Ermgassen, E., Wehkamp, J., Oliveira Filho, F., Schwerhoff, G. (2019): Agricultural Productivity and Forest Conservation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 101(3), 919-940.

Fuss, S., Flachsland, C., Koch, N., Kornek, U., Knopf, B., Edenhofer, O. (2018): An assessment framework for intertemporal economic performance of cap-and-trade systems: lessons from the EU-ETS, Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 12(2), 220-241.

Wehkamp, J., Koch, N., Fuss, S., (2017): Governance and deforestation - A meta-analysis in economics, Ecological Economics, 144, 214-227.

Zimmer, A., Koch, N. (2017): Fuel Consumption Dynamics in Europe: Tax Reform Implications for Air Pollution and Carbon Emissions, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 106, 22-50.

Koch, N., Grosjean, G., Fuss, S., Edenhofer, O. (2016): Politics matters: Regulatory events as catalysts for price formation under cap-and-trade, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 78, 121-139.

Recent working papers

Klauber, H., Koch, N., Ritter, N., Rohlf, A., Holub, F. (2020): What driving bans tell us about the lasting health legacy of diesel pollution, Available upon request.

Koch, N., Nguyen, P., Ritter, N., Rohlf, A. (2020): Machine Learning from Big GPS Data about the Costs of Congestion. Available upon request.

Helm, I., Koch, N., Rohlf, A. (2020): The Effects of Cash for Clunkers on Local Air Quality. Available upon request.

Kraus, S., Koch, N. (2020): Effect of pop-up bike lanes on cycling in European cities. Working Paper.

Kraus, S., Heilmayr, R., Koch, N. (2020): Spillovers to manufacturing plants from multi-million dollar plantations: evidence from the Indonesian palm oil boom. Working Paper.

Klauber, H., Kraus, S., Koch, N. (2020): Effects of thermal inversion induced air pollution on COVID-19. Working Paper.

Kraus, S., Liu, J., Koch, N., Fuss, S. (2020): Protecting forests with large scale community land titling in Indonesia: Evidence from the first million hectares. Work-in-progress.


Latest Publications

Creutzig, F., Javaid, A., Koch, N., Knopf, B., Mattioli, B., Edenhofer, O., 2020

Adjust urban and rural road pricing for fair mobility

Nature Climate Change
Peer Review
Rohlf, A., Holub, F., Koch, N., Ritter, N., 2020

The effect of clean air on pharmaceutical expenditures

Economics Letters
Peer Review
Koch, N., Erasmus K H J zu Ermgassen, Wehkamp, J., Filho, F. J B O., Schwerhoff, G., 2019

Agricultural Productivity and Forest Conservation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon

American Journal of Agricultural Economics
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