Public Economics for the Global Commons

This cross-cutting task force employs the tools of public economics to identify government policies which provide efficient and fair access to the global commons while being practically feasible.

One major focus of the group is dynamic modeling to analyze the intergenerational distribution effects of managing the global commons and to discuss policies to redistribute the gains and losses. A second focus is on economic rents which arise due to the scarcity of the global commons. Their collection by the government (through taxes in particular) could improve both efficiency and fairness of managing the commons. A third focus is on the interaction effects of commons-related taxation with the revenue (tax system) and spending (infrastructure) of the government.

These questions are largely studied in analytical models which enhance qualitative understanding. Additionally, numerical models are used to gain quantitative insights.

Team members

Dr. Kerstin Burghaus

Dr. Michael Jakob

David Klenert

Dr. Linus Mattauch

Dr. Gregor Schwerhoff

Jan Siegmeier


Current publications

Ohlendorf, N., Jakob, M., Minx, J.C., Schröder, C., Steckel, J., 2018

Distributional Impacts of Climate Mitigation Policies - a Meta-Analysis

DIW Discussion Paper
Mattauch, L., Klenert, D., Stiglitz, J.E., Edenhofer, O., 2018

Overcoming Wealth Inequality by Capital Taxes that Finance Public Investment

NBER Working paper 25126
Schwerhoff, G. , 2018

Sustainable Electrification in Africa

Oxford Energy Forum, 115:27-30

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