Economic Growth and Human Development

Welcome to the website of our research group: Economic Growth and Human Development.


Team members

Head: Prof. Dr. Matthias Kalkuhl

Timothé Beaufils
Tobias Bergmann
Alkis Blanz
Killian Conyngham
Marlene de Vries
Simon Feindt
Susanne Flinner
Friedemann Gruner
Dr. Maximilian Kellner
Felix Knopp
Noah Kögel
Nikolaj Moretti
Charlotte Plinke
Karolina Rütten
Dr. Lennart Stern
Michael Sureth


Research topics

Our research group aims to improve our understanding of the economics of climate change and climate policy as well as economic growth within planetary boundaries. Our research is based on three main pillars: normative foundations of climate policy, policy instruments and market failures, and political economy considerations.

In the area of normative foundations, we explore the fundamental welfare economic principles of environmental policy. This comprises, for example, the implications of economic growth on a finite planet, biodiversity concerns, and quantification of the social costs of carbon. 

Regarding policy instruments, our group focuses on understanding markets and market failures. We explore different policy instruments on reducing carbon emissions or removing carbon from the atmosphere with respect to their distributional effects and further welfare criteria. We also research the role of public debt, fiscal policy, and the decarbonization of the building sector. 

Finally, we complement this research with political economy considerations and seek to gain insights into feasible policy alternatives. Our analyses investigate power structures and social decision-making processes while taking into account policy preferences, habit formation, and behavioral and informational aspects.


Current publications of the working group

Döbbeling-Hildebrandt, N., Miersch, K., Khanna, T., Bachelet, M., Bruns, S., Callaghan, M., Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, C., Forster, P., Kalkuhl, M., Koch, N., Lamb, W., Ohlendorf, N., Steckel, J., Minx, J., 2024

Systematic review and meta-analysis of ex-post evaluations on the effectiveness of carbon pricing

Nature Communications
Peer Review
Leimbach, M., Hübler, M., Mahlkow, H., Montrone, L., Bukin, E., Felbermayr, G., Kalkuhl, M., Koch, J., Marcolino, M., Pothen, F., Steckel, J., 2024

Macroeconomic structural change likely increases inequality in India more than climate policy

Environmental Research Letters
Peer Review
Kalkuhl, M., Kögel, N., Stomper, A., Gerstmeier, F., 2024

Höhe und Verteilung der gesellschaftlichen Kosten heizbedingter Emissionen

Project report FEIRE – Financing Ecological Investments in Real Estate