Jan heads the working group “Climate and Development” at MCC. His research focuses on climate change mitigation in developing and newly-industrializing countries; more specifically he works on:
- Interactions between climate change mitigation and sustainable development
- Drivers of global carbon emissions
- Energy and economic development
- Climate policy and policy instruments in developing and emerging economies
- Political economy and distributional effects of climate policies
- Structural change
Jan received a Ph.D. in economics from TU Berlin and a Master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Flensburg and the University of Southern Denmark. From 2007 to 2013 he worked at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact research. Jan has authored multiple academic articles and has been an author of the IPCC’s Special Report on Renewables as well as its 5th Assessment report. He led a chapter on phasing out coal for the UNEP emissions gap report 2017. Until December 2016 he was principal investigator in the project "Macroeconomic Sustainability Assessment" in the Collaborative Research Center 1026 ("Sustainable Manufacturing") funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Detailed CV with full list of publications
Ongoing Research and Publications
Double progressivity of infrastructure development through carbon pricing - Insights from Nigeria. With Ira Dorband and Mike Jakob.
Actors, objectives, context: A political economy framework of energy and climate policy applied to India, Indonesia and Vietnam. Working Paper. With Mike Jakob, Christian Flachsland and Johannes Urpelainen
Sharing Responsibility for Trade-Related Emissions. With Hauke Ward and Mike Jakob
Capabilities, structural change and climate policy. With Mariko Landström and Gregor Schwerhoff
Finance-based accounting of coal emissions. With Niccolò Manych and Mike Jakob
Power capacity and regional economic growth – Evidences from a global panel. With Lorenzo Montrone and Matthias Kalkuhl
Distributional Impacts of Climate Mitigation Policies - a Meta-Analysis. DIW Working Paper. With Nils Ohlendorf, Mike Jakob, Jan Minx and Carsten Schröder
Impact of an EU ETS Floor Price on Low-Carbon Investments - Results of a Survey of German Energy Companies. With Nils Ohlendorf, Christian Flachsland and Greg Nemet
Coal, power and coal-powered politics in Indonesia. With Jose Ordonez and Mike Jakob
Patterns of Structural Change. Empirical Evidence from Similarity Networks. With Alex Radebach and Hauke Ward
Climate policy and distributional impacts in coal-investing Asia. With Ira Dorband, Lorenzo Montrone, Hauke Ward, Mike Jakob, Sebastian Renner & Leonard Missbach:
Peer Reviewed Publications
Dorband, I., M. Jakob, J.C. Steckel (forthcoming): Unraveling the political economy of coal: insights from Vietnam. Energy Policy
Jakob, M., W. Lamb, J.C. Steckel, C. Flachsland & O. Edenhofer (forthcoming): Understanding Different Perspectives on Economic Growth and Climate Policy. WIREs Climate Change
Jeuland, M., N. Ohlendorf, R. Saparapa & J.C: Steckel (forthcoming): Climate implications of electrification projects in the developing world: A systematic review. Environmental Research Letters
Jakob, M., Steckel, J. C., Jotzo, F., Sovacool, B. K., Cornelsen, L., Chandra, R., ... & Robins, N. (2020). The future of coal in a carbon-constrained climate. Nature Climate Change, 10, 704.707
Wenz, L., Weddige, U., Jakob, M., & Steckel, J. C. (2020). Road to glory or highway to hell? Global road access and climate change mitigation. Environmental Research Letters, 15(7), 075010.
Kalkuhl, M., J.C. Steckel, O. Edenhofer (2020): All or nothing - Climate policy when assets can become stranded. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 100, 102214
Steckel, J.C., J. Hilaire, M. Jakob, O. Edenhofer (2020). Coal and carbonization in sub-Saharan Africa. Nature Climate Change, 10(1), 83-88.
Dorband, I., M. Jakob, M. Kalkuhl, J.C. Steckel (2019): Are poor households more strongly impacted by carbon pricing? A global comparative analysis of distributional effects. World Development. 115, 246-257
Kalkuhl, M., Steckel, J. C., Montrone, L., Jakob, M., Peters, J., & Edenhofer, O. (2019). Successful coal phase-out requires new models of development. Nature Energy, 4(11), 897-900.
Ward, H., Steckel, J. C., & Jakob, M. (2019). How global climate policy could affect competitiveness. Energy Economics, 84, 104549.
Edenhofer, O., J.C. Steckel, M. Jakob, C. Bertram (2018). Reports of coal’s terminal decline may be exaggerated. Environmental Research Letters, 13(2), 024019.
Forin, S., H. Ward, A. Radebach, J.C. Steckel (2018) The effect of industry delocalization on global energy use: A global sectoral perspective. Energy Economics, 70, 233-243
Franks, M., K. Lessmann, M. Jakob, J.C. Steckel, O. Edenhofer (2018): Mobilizing Domestic Resources for the Agenda 2030 via Carbon Pricing. Nature Sustainability. 1 (7), 350–357
Kriegler, E., Bertram, C., Kuramochi, C., Jakob, M., Pehl, M., Stevanović, M., Fekete, H., Hilaire, J., Höhne, N., Luderer, G., Luna, L., Minx, J., Popp, A., Steckel, J.C., Sterl, S., Yalew, A.W., Dietrich, J.-P., Edenhofer, O. (2018): Strengthening climate policy plans until 2030 to keep 1.5°C within reach. Environmental Research Letters. 13 074022
Steckel, J. C., & Jakob, M. (2018). The role of financing cost and de-risking strategies for clean energy investment. International Economics. 155, 19-28
Ward, H., L. Wenz. J.C. Steckel, J. Minx (2018). Truncation Error Estimates in Process Lifecycle Assessment Using Input-Output Analysis. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 22 (5), 1080-1091
Jakob, M., D. Kübler, J.C. Steckel, R. van Veldhuizen (2017) Clean up your own mess: An experimental study of moral responsibility and efficiency. Journal of Public Economics, 155, 138-146.
Kornek, U., J.C. Steckel, K. Lessmann, O. Edenhofer (2017): The Climate Rent Curse: New Challenges for Burden Sharing. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 17 (6), 855–882
Steckel, J.C., N. Rao, M. Jakob (2017). Access to infrastructure services: Global trends and Drivers. Utilities Policy, 45, 109-117.
Ward, H., A. Radebach, I. Vierhaus, A. Fügenschuh, JC Steckel (2017): Reducing global CO2 emissions with the technologies we have. Resource and Energy Economics, 49, 201-217
Nemet, G. F., Jakob, M., Steckel, J. C., & Edenhofer, O. (2017). Addressing policy credibility problems for low-carbon investment. Global Environmental Change, 42, 47-57.
Steckel, J. C., Jakob, M., Flachsland, C., Kornek, U., Lessmann, K., & Edenhofer, O. (2017). From climate finance toward sustainable development finance. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8(1).
Ward, H., Burger, M., Chang, Y. J., Fürstmann, P., Neugebauer, S., Radebach, A., ... & Steckel, J. C. (2017). Assessing carbon dioxide emission reduction potentials of improved manufacturing processes using multiregional input output frameworks. Journal of Cleaner Production, 163, 154-165
Hirth, L., & Steckel, J. C. (2016). The role of capital costs in decarbonizing the electricity sector. Environmental Research Letters, 11(11), 114010.
Jakob, M. & J.C. Steckel (2016). Implications of climate change mitigation for sustainable development. Environmental Research Letters, 11(10), 104010
Schueler, V., Fuss, S., Steckel, J. C., Weddige, U., & Beringer, T. (2016). Productivity ranges of sustainable biomass potentials from non-agricultural land. Environmental Research Letters, 11(7), 074026.
Bren d’Amour, C. , Wenz, L., Kalkuhl, M., Steckel, J. C., & Creutzig, F. (2016). Teleconnected food supply shocks. Environmental Research Letters, 11(3), 035007.
Steckel, J.C., O. Edenhofer, M. Jakob (2015): Drivers for the renaissance of coal. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112 (29), pp. E3775-E3781
Edenhofer, O., M. Jakob, F. Creutzig, C. Flachsland, S. Fuss, M. Kowarsch, K. Lessmann, L. Mattauch, J. Siegmeier, JC Steckel (2015): Closing the Emissions Price Gap. Global Environmental Change, 31, pp. 132-143.
Wenz, L., S.N. Willner, A. Radebach, R. Bierkandt, J.C. Steckel, A. Levermann (2015): Regional and sectoral disaggregation of multi-regional input-output tables - a flexible algorithm. Economic Systems Research, 27(2), pp. 194-212
Zimmer, A., M. Jakob, J. Steckel (2015): What motivates Vietnam to strive for a low-carbon economy? - An explorative case study on the drivers of climate policy in a developing country. Energy for Sustainable Development, 24, pp. 19-32. Was awarded the Reddy Prize - Best Paper of 2014.
Jakob, M., J. Steckel, C. Flachsland, L. Baumstark (2015):Climate Finance - Curse or Blessing? Climate and Development. Climate and Development, 7 (1), pp. 1-15.
Jakob, M., Jan Christoph Steckel, Stephan Klasen, Jann Lay, Nicole Grunewald, Inmaculada Martínez-Zarzoso, Sebastian Renner, Ottmar Edenhofer (2014): Feasible mitigation options in developing countries. Nature Climate Change, 5 (11): pp. 961 - 968.
Edenhofer, O., M. Jakob, J. Steckel (2014): Does Environmental Sustainability Contradict Prosperity? Global Policy, 5 (1),pp. 15-20.
Jakob, M., J. C. Steckel, O. Edenhofer (2014). Consumption-Versus Production-Based Emission Policies. Annual Review of Resource Economics 6(1), pp 297-318.
Jakob, M., J. Steckel (2014): How climate change mitigation could harm development in poor countries. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 5(2).
Steckel, J, RJ Brecha, M. Jakob, J. Strefler, G. Luderer (2013): Development without energy? Assessing future scenarios of energy consumption in developing countries. Ecological Economics 90: 53-67.
Hübler, M., J. Steckel (2012): Economic Growth, Decarbonization, and International Transfers. Climate and Development 4 (2):88-103.
Jakob, M., G. Luderer, J. Steckel, M. Tavoni, S. Monjon, S. (2012): Time to act now? Assessing the costs of delaying climate measures and benefits of early action. Climatic Change 114 (1): 79-99.
Luderer, G., V. Bosetti, M. Jakob, M. Leimbach, J. Steckel, H. Waisman, O. Edenhofer (2012): The economics of decarbonizing the energy system: Results and insights from the RECIPE model intercomparison. Climatic Change 114 (1): 9-37.
Tavoni, M., E. De Cian, G. Luderer, J. Steckel, H. Waisman (2012): The value of technology and of its evolution towards a low carbon economy. Climatic Change 114 (1): 39-57.
Steckel, J., M. Jakob, R. Marschinski, G. Luderer (2011): From carbonization to decarbonization? - Past trends and future scenarios for China's CO2 emissions. Energy policy 39 (6): 3443-3455.
Steckel, J., M. Kalkuhl, R. Marschinski (2010): Should carbon-exporting countries strive for consumption-based accounting in a global cap-and-trade regime? Climatic Change Letters 100 (3): 779-786.