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.
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.
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.