Rausch, Sebastian

Sebastian Rausch
Assistant Professor of Economics/Energy Economics, ETH Zurich, Department of Management, Technology, and Economics
Research Associate and Former Project Director, US Regional Energy Policy (USREP) Model Project, MIT Joint Program
Former Research Scientist, Joint Program


Swiss Federal Institute for Technology Zurich


Research Interests:
Dr. Rausch's research focuses on environmental economics and public economics. Much of his work focuses on the economics of climate change using computable general equilibrium models. He developed the MIT Joint Program's USREP (U.S. Regional Energy Policy) model, which is a multi-region multi-sector multi-household dynamic general equilibrium model of the U.S. economy.

Biographical Statement:
Sebastian Rausch relocated to ETH Zurich in mid-2012 to become an Assistant Professor after several years with the MIT Joint Program as a Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Associate (2008-2012). From 2011-2012 he was project director and lead modeler for MIT's US Regional Energy Policy (USREP) Model Project. His research focuses on applied policy analysis using computable general equilibrium modeling in the areas of energy, environmental and climate economics, public finance, and international trade. Recent work involves developing a regional economic-energy model for the U.S. to assess the implications of U.S. climate and energy policy. Rausch received a BA and MA in economics from the University of Bonn, and a PhD in economics from the University of Duisburg-Essen and the Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, Germany.

Selected Publications:
S. Rausch (2009). Macroeconomic Consequences of Demographic Change: Modeling Issues and Applications. Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems, Vol. 621, Springer-Verlag Heidelberg-New York

Refereed Journal Articles
S. Rausch, G. E. Metcalf, J. M. Reilly, and S. Paltsev (2010). Distributional Implications of Alternative U.S. Greenhouse Gas Control Measures, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, 10(2).

S. Rausch and T. F. Rutherford (2010). Computation of Equilibria in OLG Models with Many Heterogeneous Households, Computational Economics, 36(2), 171-189.

S. Rausch, G. E.Metcalf, and J. M. Reilly (2011).Distributional Impacts of Carbon Pricing: A General Equilibrium Approach with Micro-Data for Households, Energy Economics, forthcoming.

X. Gitiaux, S. Rausch, S. Paltsev, and J. M. Reilly (2011). Biofuels, Climate Policy and the European Vehicle, Journal of Transport, Economics and Policy, forthcoming.

B. Lanz and S. Rausch (2011). General Equilibrium, Electricity Generation Technologies and the Cost of Carbon Abatement: A Structural Sensitivity Analysis, Energy Economics, 33, 1035-1047.

S. Paltsev , H. Jacoby, J. M. Reilly, Q. J. Ejaz, F. O’Sullivan, J. Morris, S. Rausch, N. Winchester, and O. Kragha (2011). Potential U.S. Gas Production, Use, and Trade, Energy Policy, 39, 5309-5321.

Refereed Book Chapters
S. Rausch, G. E. Metcalf, J. M. Reilly, and S. Paltsev (2011). Distributional Impacts of a U.S. Greenhouse Gas Policy: A General Equilibrium Analysis of Carbon Pricing, U.S. Energy Tax Policy, ed. G. E.Metcalf, Cambridge University Press, MA.

Education + Credentials
B.S., Economics, University of Bonn, 2001
M.A., Economics, University of Bonn, 2004
Ph.D., Economics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, 2008

Recent Publications

Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Rausch, S. and D. Zhang (2018). Energy Economics, 74 (August 2018, 917-926) (doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2018.07.019)
Journal Article
Lanz, B. and S. Rausch (2016). The Energy Journal, 37(1): 195-232
Journal Article
Thompson, T.M., S. Rausch, R.K. Saari and N.E. Selin (2016). Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 66(10): 988-1002
Joint Program Report
Abrell, J. and S. Rausch (2016). Joint Program Report Series Report 301, July, 29 p. [PDF]
Joint Program Reprint, Journal Article
Abrell, J. and S. Rausch (2016). Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 79(Sept 2016): 87–113 [PDF]

News + Media

News Release
Joint Program News | 
May 19, 2016
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Aug 27, 2012
In The News
Washington Post | 
Aug 27, 2012
Politico | 
Aug 26, 2012
News Release
MIT News | 
Jan 10, 2012