Professor Sebastian Rausch has been the head of the ZEW Research Department “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” since August 2020. He holds a professorship in economics (with a focus on environmental, energy, and resource economics) at Heidelberg University, where he is also co-director of the Research Center for Environmental Economics (RCEE). He is a research associate at the Centre for Energy Policy and Economics at ETH Zurich and the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), as well as a member of the Committee on Environmental and Resource Economics of the German Economic Association (VfS).
Prior to joining ZEW, Rausch was an assistant professor at ETH Zurich and director of the U.S. Regional Energy & Environment Modeling Project at MIT, after being a research scientist and postdoctoral associate at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and the MIT Energy Initiative. Rausch studied economics at the University of Bonn and received his doctorate in economics from the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics and the University of Duisburg-Essen. He received a doctoral scholarship from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation and was awarded a science prize for his doctoral work.
In his research, Sebastian Rausch focuses on the evaluation of economic policy measures and the design of emissions and energy markets to mitigate climate change and design sustainable energy systems. Rausch conducts research at the interface of environmental and energy economics, public economics, and computational economics, with interdisciplinary links to technology-oriented energy system analysis and environmental sciences. His work has been published in the Journal of Public Economics, European Economic Review, American Economic Review P&P, and Nature Climate Change, among others.
Articles in Refereed Journals
Abrell, Jan , Mirjam Kosch and Sebastian Rausch (2019), Carbon abatement with renewables: Evaluating wind and solar subsidies in Germany and Spain, Journal of Public Economics 169, 172-202. Download
Abrell, Jan , Sebastian Rausch and Hidemichi Yonezawa (2019), Higher Price, Lower Costs? Minimum Prices in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 121(2), 446-481. Download
Landis, Florian, Sebastian Rausch, Mirjam Kosch and Christoph Böhringer (2019), Efficient and Equitable Policy Design: Taxing Energy Use or Promoting Energy Savings?, The Energy Journal 40(1), 73-104. Download
Abrell, Jan , Sebastian Rausch and Giacomo Schwarz (2018), How robust is the uniform emissions pricing rule to social equity concerns?, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 92, 783-814. Download
Abrell, Jan and Sebastian Rausch (2017), Combining Price and Quantity Controls Under Partitioned Environmental Regulation, Journal of Public Economics 145, 226-242. Download
Bretschger, Lucas, Filippo Lechthaler, Sebastian Rausch and Lin Zhang (2017), Knowledge Diffusion, Endogenous Growth, and the Costs of Global Climate Policy, European Economic Review 93, 47-72. Download
Lanz, Bruno and Sebastian Rausch (2016), Emissions Trading in the Presence of Price-Regulated Polluting Firms: How Costly Are Free Allowances?, The Energy Journal 37(1), 195-232. Download
Abrell, Jan and Sebastian Rausch (2016), Cross-Country Electricity Trade, Renewable Energy and European Transmission Infrastructure Policy, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 79, 87-113. Download
Rausch, Sebastian and Giacomo Schwarz (2016), Household Heterogeneity, Aggregation, and Distributional Impacts of Environmental Taxes, Journal of Public Economics 38, 43-57. Download
Caron, Justin, Sebastian Rausch and Niven Winchester (2015), Leakage from Sub-national Climate Initiatives: The Case of California, The Energy Journal 36(2), 167-190. Download
Rausch, Sebastian and Matthew Mowers (2014), Distributional and Efficiency Impacts of Clean and Renewable Energy Standards for Electricity, Resource and Energy Economics 36(3), 556-585. Download
Thompson, Tammy, Sebastian Rausch, Rebecca Saari and Noelle Selin (2014), A Systems Approach to Evaluating the Air Quality Co-benefits of US Carbon Policies, Nature Climate Change 4, 917-923. Download
Winchester, Niven and Sebastian Rausch (2013), A Numerical Investigation of the Potential for Negative Emissions Leakage, American Economic Review P&P 103(3), 320-325. Download
Rausch, Sebastian (2013), Fiscal Consolidation and Climate Policy: An Overlapping Generations Perspective, Energy Economics 40, 134-148. Download
Rausch, Sebastian, Gilbert E. Metcalf and John M. Reilly (2011), Distributional Impacts of Carbon Pricing: A General Equilibrium Approach with Micro-Data for Households, Energy Economics 33, S20-S33. Download
Rausch, Sebastian, Gilbert E. Metcalf, John M. Reilly and Sergey Paltsev (2010), Distributional Implications of Alternative U.S. Greenhouse Gas Control Measures, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy 10(2). Download
Rausch, Sebastian and Thomas F. Rutherford (2010), Computation of Equilibria in OLG Models with Many Heterogeneous Households, Computational Economics 36(2), 171-189. Download
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