Dr. Nicolas Koch


Dr. Nicolas Koch

Dr. Nicolas Koch is a senior researcher in the working group Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change. He leads a project that uses causal analysis to improve policy design with credible ex post evaluation. Much of his completed research investigates the workings of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). His current area of interest are policies addressing traffic externalities and how they shape individual mobility behavior. He is also interested in the distributional implications of climate policy (and a German coal phase-out, in particular) and the nexus between land use and sustainable development (in Brazil and Indonesia).

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, Journal of Environmental Economics & Management, Review of Environmental Economics & Policy, Energy Economics and Ecological Economics.


Curriculum vitae

Detailed CV with list of publications


Selected publications

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.

Algieri, B., Kalkuhl, M., Koch, N. (2017): A tale of two tails: Explaining extreme events in financialized agricultural markets, Food Policy, 69, 256-269.

Koch, N., Reuter, W., Fuss, S., Grosjean, G. (2017): Permits vs. offsets under investment uncertainty, Resource and Energy Economics, 49, 33-47.

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.

Koch, N., Fuss, S., Grosjean, G., Edenhofer, O. (2014): Causes of the EU ETS price drop: Recession, CDM, renewable policies or a bit of everything?—New evidence, Energy Policy, 73, 676-685.

Koch, N. (2014): Tail events: A new approach to understanding extreme energy commodity prices, Energy Economics, 43, 195-205.


Recent working papers

Themann, M., Koch, N. (2018): Catching up and falling behind: Cross-country evidence on the impact of the EU ETS on productivity growth, WCERE 2018 Conference Paper.

Burghaus, K., Koch, N., Bauer, J., Edenhofer, E. (2018): Lobbying, relocation risk and allocation of free allowances in the EU ETS, CPLC Conference Paper.

Kraus, S., Koch, N. (2018): Plantation agriculture and structural change: Evidence from spillovers on Indonesian manufacturing firms, IRSA International Conference Paper.

Koch, N., zu Ermgassen, E., Wehkamp, J., Oliveira Filho, F., Schwerhoff, G. (2017): Agricultural Productivity and Forest Conservation: Evidence from the Brazilian Amazon, SSRN Working Paper, 3031416.

Koch, N., Basse Mama, H. (2016): European climate policy and industrial relocation: Evidence from German multinational firms, SSRN Working Paper, 2868283.

Koch, N., Markellos, R. (2016): The pricing of environmental risks with non-pecuniary benefits, EAERE 2017 Conference Paper.


Latest Publications

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
Knopf, B., Burghaus, K., Flachsland, C., Jakob, M., Koch, N., Edenhofer, O., 2018

Shifting Paradigms in Carbon Pricing

Peer Review
Fuss, S., Flachsland, C., Koch, N., Kornek, U., Knopf, B., Edenhofer, O., 2018

A Framework for Assessing the Performance of Cap-and-Trade Systems: Insights from the European Union Emissions Trading System

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy
Peer Review
B. Knopf; K. Burghaus; C. Flachsland; M. Jakob; N. Koch; O. Edenhofer, 2018

Shifting Paradigms in Carbon Pricing

Golub, A.A., Fuss, S.; Lubowski, R.; Hiller, J.; Khabarov, N.; Koch, N.; … Wehkamp, J., 2018

Escaping the climate policy uncertainty trap: options contracts for REDD+

Climate Policy
Peer Review

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