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Ulrich J. Wagner

Professor of Economics
University of Mannheim

Photo by Anna Logue




UC Santa Barbara

OCT 25

UC Berkeley

NOV 29

UC Davis

DEC 8-9

National Bureau of Economic Research

MAR 15

Arizona State University


  • Listen to an interview on international climate policy with the Austrian radio station Österreich 1 (Ö1) (in German).




Does Pricing Carbon Mitigate Climate Change? Firm-Level Evidence from the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme
(with Jonathan Colmer, Ralf Martin and Mirabelle Muûls).  February 2023. Revise & resubmit to Review of Economic Studies

Support for Renewable Energy: The Case of Wind Power
(with Robert Germeshausen and Sven Heim). CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper No. 390, January 2023. Revise & resubmit to Journal of Public Economics

Can Social Comparisons and Moral Appeals Increase Public Transport Ridership and Decrease Car Use?
(with Johannes Gessner and Wolfgang Habla). CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper No. 451. July 2023.

Urban Air Quality and Sick Leaves: Evidence from Social Security Data
(with Felix Holub and Laura Hospido), August 2021.

The Effect of Climate Policy on Productivity and Cost pass-through in the German Manufacturing Sector
(joint with Beat Hintermann, Corrado Di Maria, Maja Žarković), CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper No. 249. December 2020.

Carbon Footprints of European Manufacturing Jobs: Stylized Facts and Implications for Climate Policy
(lead author, joint with A. Gerster, J. Jaraite-Kazukauske, D. Kassem, M. Klemetsen, M. Laukkanen, J. Leisner, R. Martin, Jakob R. Munch, M. Muûls, August E.T. Nielsen, L. de Preux, K. E. Rosendahl, S. Schusser). CRC TR 224 Discussion Paper No. 250. December 2020.


Management Practices and Climate Policy in China
S.K. Yong, U.J. Wagner, P. Shen, L. de Preux, M. Muûls, R. Martin, and J. Cao (2023).  Conditionally accepted at Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

Sources of PM2.5-Associated Health Risks in Europe and Corresponding Emission-Induced Changes During 2005–2015.
Gu, Y., D.K. Henze, M.O. Nawaz, H. Cao, and U.J. Wagner (2023). GeoHealth, 7 (3).

Strategic Uncertainty, Indeterminacy, and the Formation of International Environmental Agreements.
Narita, D. and U.J. Wagner (2017). Oxford Economic Papers, 69 (2): 432-452.

Estimating Strategic Models of International Treaty Formation.
Wagner, U.J. (2016). Review of Economic Studies, 83(4): 1741-1778.

The Impact of the EU Emissions Trading System on Regulated Firms: What is the Evidence after Ten Years?
Martin, R., M. Muûls, and U.J. Wagner (2016). Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, 10(1): 129-148.

On the Empirical Content of Carbon Leakage Criteria in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Martin, R., M. Muûls, L.B. de Preux, and U.J. Wagner (2014). Ecological Economics, 105:78-88.

Industry Compensation Under Relocation Risk: A Firm-level Analysis of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Martin, R., M. Muûls, L.B. de Preux, and U.J. Wagner (2014). American Economic Review, 104(8): 2482-2508.
Editor’s Choice, Science (2014) Vol. 344 No. 6180.
Winner of the Erik Kempe Award in Environmental and Resource Economics 2015.
Reprinted as Chapter 39 of “The Economics of Environmental Policy: Behavioral and Political Dimensions”, Thomas Sterner and Jessica Coria (eds.), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2016.

The Impact of a Carbon Tax on Manufacturing: Evidence from Microdata.
Martin, R., L.B. de Preux, and U.J. Wagner (2014). Journal of Public Economics, 117:1-14.

Anatomy of a Paradox: Management Practices, Organizational Structure and Energy Efficiency.
Martin, R., M. Muûls, L.B. de Preux, and U.J. Wagner (2012). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 63(2): 208-223.

Energy Use Patterns in German Industry: Evidence from Plant-level Data.
Petrick, S., K. Rehdanz and U.J. Wagner (2011). Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik, 231(3): 379-414.

Agglomeration Effects in Foreign Direct Investment and the Pollution Haven Hypothesis.
Wagner, U.J., and C. Timmins (2009). Environmental and Resource Economics, 43(2): 231-256.
Reprinted as chapter 16 of “Recent Developments in Trade and the Environment”, Brian R. Copeland (ed.), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, 2014.

The Voluntary Provision of a Pure Public Good? Another Look at CFC Emissions and the Montreal Protocol.
Wagner, U.J. (2009). Oxford Economic Papers, 61(1): 183-196.

The Design of Stable International Environmental Agreements: Economic Theory and Political Economy.
Wagner, U.J. (2001). Journal of Economic Surveys, 15(3): 377-411.
Reprinted as Chapter 5 of “Current Issues in Environmental Economics”, Nick Hanley and Colin J. Roberts (eds.), Blackwell Publishing, 2002.


Health, Labor and Environmental Regulation in Post-industrial Europe (HEAL)

ERC Consolidator Grant

Duration: August 2020 – July 2025

Policies for Sustainability

SFB Collaborative Research Center Transregio 224 “Economic Perspectives on Societal Challenges: Equality of Opportunity, Market Regulation, and Financial Stability – EPoS”

Duration: January 2018 – December 31, 2025

Empirical Analysis of the Economics of Lobbying in European Policy Reforms

SFB 884 “Political Economy of Reforms”

Duration: January 2018 – June 30, 2022

Evaluating Policy Instruments for the Transformation to a Low Carbon Economy: Causal Evidence from Administrative Micro Data – TRACE

Federal Minstry of Education and Research “Economics of Climate Change”

Duration: January 2019 – June 30, 2022

The Economics of International Climate Policy COMPLIANCE

Federal Ministry of Education and Research “Economics of Climate Change”

Duration: September 2018 – February 28, 2022


Ulrich J. Wager currently holds the position of Professor of Economics, Chair in Quantitative Economics at the University of Mannheim.

He teaches courses at the bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. levels. For a list of current and previous course offerings please click here.


Campus TV report on ECR-Grant (German)


Interview on energy efficiency and climate policy

Austrian radio station Ö1 interview on international climate policy. Aired on the 18th of October 2022 (German).

Deutschlandfunk interview on carbon pricing. Aired on the 25th of October 2021 (German)

Radio Regenbogen Interview: Feature on ERC-Grant (German)

Link to download a press photo (by Anna Logue).