Dr. Jan Steckel

Head of working group Climate and Development

Dr. Jan Steckel

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.

He is also affiliated with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and TU Berlin, where he teaches courses about Climate Change Economics and Climate Change and Development. 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).

Curriculum vitae

Detailed CV with full list of publications


Ongoing Research and Publications 


Dorband, I., M. Jakob, J.C. Steckel: Double progressivity of infrastructure development through carbon pricing - Insights from Nigeria. Working Paper on request

Dorband, I., M. Jakob, M. Kalkuhl, J.C. Steckel: Are poor households more strongly impacted by carbon pricing? A global comparative analysis of distributional effects. Working Paper on request.

Kalkuhl, M., J.C. Steckel, O. Edenhofer: All or nothing - Climate policy when assets can become stranded. Working Paper on request.

Landström, M., G. Schwerhoff, J.C. Steckel: Capabilities, structural change and climate policy. Working Paper on request.

Montrone, L., M. Kalkuhl, J.C. Steckel: Coal and Economic Development - An econometric analysis. Working Paper on request.

Ohlendorf, N., M. Jakob, J.C. Minx, C. Schröder, J.C. Steckel: Distributional Impacts of Climate Mitigation Policies - a Meta-Analysis. Working Paper on request.

Radebach, A., J. Steckel, H. Ward: Patterns of Structural Change. Empirical Evidence from Similarity Networks. Working Paper on request.

Radebach, A., J.C. Steckel, C. Hidalgo: Voluntary but effective - How countries achieved their Kyoto targets. Working Paper on request.

Steckel, J.C., J. Hilaire, M. Jakob, O. Edenhofer: Lions in the dragon’s shoes? On carbonization patterns in Sub-Sahara Africa. Working Paper on request.

Ward, H., J.C. Steckel, M. Jakob: Climate Policy, Competitiveness and Distributional Effects in a Globalized World. Working Paper on request.


Peer Reviewed Publications

Franks, M., K. Lessmann, M. Jakob, J.C. Steckel, O. Edenhofer (forthcoming): Mobilizing Domestic Resources for the Agenda 2030 via Carbon Pricing. Nature Sustainability.

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. (in press): Strengthening climate policy plans until 2030 to keep 1.5°C within reach. Environmental Research Letters

Steckel, J. C., & Jakob, M. (in press). The role of financing cost and de-risking strategies for clean energy investment. International Economics.

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

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

Ward, H., L. Wenz. J.C. Steckel, J. Minx (in press). Truncation Error Estimates in Process Lifecycle Assessment Using Input-Output Analysis. Journal of Industrial Ecology, DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12655

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.

Latest Publications

Jakob, M., Soria, R., Trinidad, C., Edenhofer, O., Bak, C., Bouile, D., Buira, D., Carlino, H., Gutman, V., Hübner, C., Knopf, B., Lucena, A., Santos, L., Scott, A., Steckel, J.C., Tanaka, K., Vogt-Schilb, A., Yamada, K., 2018

Green Fiscal Reform for a Just Energy Transition in Latin America

T20 Policy Brief
Kriegler, E., Bertram, C., Kuramochi, T., Jakob, M., Pehl, M., Stevanovic, M., Höhne, N., Luderer, G., Minx, J.C., Fekete, H., Hilaire, J., Luna, L., Popp, A., Steckel, J.C., Sterl, S., Yalew, A.W., Dietrich, J.P., Edenhofer, O., 2018

Short term policies to keep the door open for Paris climate goals

Environmental Research Letters
Peer Review
Steckel, J.C.; Jakob, M., 2018

The role of financing cost and de-risking strategies for clean energy investment

International Economics
Peer Review
Edenhofer, O.; Steckel, J.C.; Jakob, M.; Bertram, C. , 2018

Reports of coal’s terminal decline may be exaggerated

Environmental Research Letters
Peer Review
Forin, S.; Radebach, A.; Steckel, J.C.; Ward, H., 2018

The effect of industry delocalization on global energy use: A global sectoral perspective

Energy Economics
Peer Review

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