Welcome to the Homepage of the Policy Instruments Modelling group, a subunit of Research Domain III established in 2009. We study the role of policy instruments as incentives: how can individually rational behavior aimed at maximizing profits or utility lead to a socially efficient outcome - rather than a „market failure“? Our research is based on decentralized models (as opposed to social planner models) which allow an explicit representation of all agents‘ behavior. The following topics are addressed in our work:
- carbon markets & finance
- technology policy
- low carbon development
- international cooperation on climate change
- carbon leakage
In terms of methodology, we make use of microeconomic formal analysis, numerical modeling, qualitative-institutional analysis, and econometric-statistical data analysis.
Kai Lessmann (group leader)
Jobst Heitzig (RDIV, associated member)
Dustin Schinn (external)
Current Research Projects
- CAPRI-SD (Carbon Pricing and Sustainable Development). Joint project with working groups Climate and Development and Governance of MCC, funded by GIZ's Sektorvorhaben Klima in cooperation with BMZ.
- CREW (Climate Policy in a Reluctant World, BMBF Förderschwerpunkt "Ökonomie des Klimawandels"). Joint project with Marco Runkel (TU Berlin) and Roland Strausz (HU Berlin). Role of PI group: project lead.
- ENTRACTE (Economic iNsTRuments to Achieve Climate Targets in Europe), project under EU FP7 ENV. Joint project coordinated by ZEW with various European partners, e.g. FEEM, LSE Grantham Institute, FCO, Tilburg. Role of PI group: leader of Work Package 5, contributor to Work Package 2.
- LIMITS (Low climate IMpact scenarios and the Implications of required Tight
emission control Strategies), project under EU FP7 ENV. Joint project with various European partners, e.g. FEEM, IIASA, LSE Grantham Institute, ECN. Role of PI group: contribution to Work Package 2, in particular "Regional policies under second-best conditions".
- EntDekEn (Klimaschutz, Entwicklung und Gerechtigkeit: Dekarbonisierung in Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern), funded by BMBF. Joint project with the GIGA institute and the Chair of Development Economics at University of Göttingen. Role of PI group: project lead.
- Ökonomik einer integrierten und langfristigen Klima- und Energiepolitik (WGL Pakt für Forschung und Innovation 2010). Joint project with Environmental Economics group of ZEW Mannheim. Role of PI group: contributing partner.
- PI Reading Seminar [past events]
- PI Informal Discussion Series [past events]
- PI Research Seminars [past events]
- MICA: a model of international cooperation on climate change
- PRIDE: a model for finding first and second best policies in the presence of strategic interactions of multiple actors
Former Group Members
- Lion Hirth (Master's thesis Uni Tübingen in 2009)
- Matthieu Cuisnier (internship)
- Lena Reuster (Master's thesis TU Berlin in 2010)
- Michael Pahle (PhD thesis, finalized in 2011)
- Gunnar Berghäuser (researcher)
- (PhD thesis)
- Christian Flachsland (PhD thesis, finalized in 2010 and PostDoc)
- Matthias Kalkuhl (PhD thesis, finalized in 2011)
- Thomas Praessler (external PhD student)
- Daniel Klingenfeld (PhD thesis, finalized in 2011)
- Paul Nahmmacher (Studienarbeit, internship)
- Ingram Jaccard (internship)
- Philippe Quirion (visiting from CIRED during summer term 2012)
- Steffen Schlömer (guest PhD student)
- Christoph von Stechow (guest PhD student)
- Julia Werra
- Fabian Joas
- Michael Jakob (PhD thesis and PostDoc)
- Robert Marschinski (PhD thesis and co-chair)
- Jasper Meya (Master's thesis University of Edinburgh)
- Felix von Blücher (intern)
- Jan Steckel (PhD thesis and PostDoc)
- William Acworth (intern)
- Rebeca Martinez (student assistant)
- Ulrike Kornek
- Patrick Doupe
- David Klenert
- Godefroy Grosjean
- Anne Zimmer
- Iris Staub-Kaminski