Prof. Dr. Sebastian Rausch
Prof. Dr. Sebastian RauschEnvironmental and Climate Economics
Professor Sebastian Rausch has been the head of the ZEW Research Unit “Environmental and Climate Economics” 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.