Economic Growth and Human Development

The working group focuses on the interplay of global commons for sustainable development and human well-being, particularly with respect to economic growth, migration and population growth.


Team members

Head: Prof. Dr. Matthias Kalkuhl

Tobias Bergmann
Alkis Blanz
Simon Feindt
Friedemann Gruner
Dr. Maximilian Kellner
Felix Knopp
Noah Kögel
Nikolaj Moretti
Charlotte Plinke
Karolina Rütten
Kathinka Schlieker
Dr. Lennart Stern
Michael Sureth (geb. Kostmann)

Guest Researchers

Dr. Francesca Diluiso


Research topics

The research focuses on the role of climate change, land and environmental policies for economic growth and development. The group empirically assesses the impact of climate change on GDP and migration and advances economic theory by studying new channels of climate change influencing economic growth, e.g. via innovation, demographic change and structural change. The group aims to contribute to a better understanding about how global commons – and their proper management – affect economic and human development and vice versa. A second research strand focuses land taxes and their role to for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN. Economic aspects of land taxes analyzed refer to growth effects, structural change, distributional aspects and land-use impacts to save primary forests.


Current publications of the working group

Lessmann, K., Kalkuhl, M., 2023

Climate finance intermediation: interest spread effects in a climate policy model

Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
Peer Review
Kalkuhl, M., Kellner, M., Bergmann, T., Rütten, K., 2023

CO2-Bepreisung zur Erreichung der Klimaneutralität im Verkehrs- und Gebäudesektor: Investitionsanreize und Verteilungswirkungen

Bruckner, B., Edenhofer, O., Koch, N., Steckel, J. , 2023

A Regulatory Framework that Would Enable Firms to Compete Internationally without Degrading the Environment

Global Solutions – The World Policy Forum