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#36: Making Carbon Pricing Work for Citizens (Dr. Linus Mattauch - TU Berlin)

Season 3, Ep. 2

In this episode, I am joined by Linus Mattauch of the Technical University of Berlin. Linus is also a research affiliate with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford.


Linus speaks to us about his work on making carbon pricing work for citizens. We discuss ways in which we can maximise the political acceptability of a carbon tax. This includes framing and the use of carbon tax revenues to make carbon taxes palatable to citizens. We go through some advice for policymakers, conditional on the political landscape that they face.


Linus is working at the cutting edge of this field of research so I am very grateful to him for taking the time to speak to us.


This episode is a complement to the previous carbon pricing episode with Muireann Lynch of the ESRI – please do check that out if you get a chance. In that episode, we go through the basic argument in favour of carbon pricing. Now we are taking this a step further – how best can we translate the theory into practice, taking into account some of the obstacles we face in the real world. .


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